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Tensions in Lebanon are the most urgent threat to international security

more "Lebanon is currently experiencing a domestic climate of uncertainty and fragility," United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in his 12th semi-annual report on the implementation of Security...

Iran seeks all-out cooperation and strategic depth in Africa

more "We are completely ready to reinvigorate our cooperation with the members of the Union in all fields," Ahmadinejad had said at the 14th African Union (AU) summit on February 2, 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...

Iraq's stability largely depends on the stability of its long-awaited government

more "Iraq's electoral commission and security forces successfully organized and carried out a credible and competitive election," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed on June 1, 2010. At...

2010 Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference took concrete steps

more "The Final Document adopted by the 2010 NPT Review Conference advances President Obama’s vision," U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher stated...

Despite apparent goodwill from States, Non-proliferation efforts present a mixed picture

more "So today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. This goal will not be reached quickly; perhaps not in my lifetime...

Why U.S.-Syria relations' return to normalcy remains difficult

more As tensions greatly heightened between Syria and Israel in the last few weeks, convincing some commentators that war can break out at anytime, the relations between Syria and the United States remain...

What the relations with Israel say about Brazil's foreign policy

more On March 14, 2010, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva began a tour of the Middle East. He first visited Israel, the first by a Brazilian President, and showed he's willing to play a larger role in the...

Iran mobilizes its supports, deepens ties with Syria

more During his two-day stay in Syria on 25-26 February 2010, Iranian President Ahmadinejad met and conferred with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, a group of Palestinian leaders and Secretary...

Syria patiently promotes its all-out regional diplomacy

more As the tension dramatically increased over the Iran nuclear crisis in the last few weeks, Syria has stepped up overtures both vis-à-vis the Arab world, mainly North Africa, and vis-à-vis the West, primarily...

Qatar, when 'small' means 'strategic' in the Persian Gulf

more Recently, Qatar has been particularly active on the Mideast scene. On 28 January 2010, Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Khalifa Al-Thani welcomed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who was in...

Yemen could become failed state, top official declared

more In an official statement delivered by the state news agency Saba News, Yemen FM Abu Bakr al-Qirbi has stated that his country "is facing the danger of becoming a failed state if it does not get support...

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The strategic implications of the $60bn Saudi arms deal

more On Saudi Arabia's national day on September 22, 2010, the Obama administration praised "King Abdullah’s leadership on key challenges," which "has put Saudi Arabia and the region on a path towards...

Beyond S-300s, Iran has never been a comfortable partner of Russia

more On September 22, 2010, the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev issued a decree prohibiting the delivery of S-300 air defence missile systems, in contradiction with a $800 million contract signed...

UN report and incidents with UNIFIL show Lebanon's stability remains fragile

more On July 9, 2010, Major General Alberto Asarta Cuevas, the Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), has called on the local population to engage in dialogue...

Trilateral nuclear fuel swap deal coldly welcomed by the International Community

more On May 17, 2010, Iran, Turkey and Brazil have agreed on a joint declaration which led to a strong and quick response from the international community, especially the three Western countries seating...

Ahmadinejad claims foreign powers must leave to solve Afghanistan problems

more On March 10, 2010, Iranian President Ahmadinejad was welcomed at the Kabul airport by Afghan First Vice-President Mohammed Fahim and Minister of Counternarcotics Ahmad...

Is the threat of new sanctions against Iran taking shape?

more Western diplomats say Iran continues its program to enrich uranium and that the recent IAEA report was added to the long list of failures by Iran to its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty...

Does the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps rule Iran?

more "Our differences are not with the people of Iran. Our differences are not with Iran having a peaceful civilian nuclear program," Gordon Duguid, U.S. State Department's spokesman, told at a daily news briefing on...

Tensions over Taiwan make unlikely new sanctions against Iran

more Tension is rising over Iran. Yet this is an unrelated issue that could prevent the United States and its allies from further sanctioning Iran for the continuation of its nuclear program Western countries say...

Growing rumors of renewed Sanctions against Iran

more On 26 January 2010, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Israel's President Shimon Peres. The major point on the agenda was Iran's nuclear program and both leaders agreed that "greater transparency...

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