The convergence of Russian-Turkish interests is likely only of a temporary nature.
China’s refusal to cut back on Iranian oil purchases opens up another frontline with the U.S.
Message to Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Tel Aviv: Don’t worry, U.S. President Donald J. Trump has no intention of meeting his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, unconditionally.
Multiple Middle Eastern disputes are threatening to spill out of control. This is largely due to the changed role of the United States.
Uncanny parallels between one of Turkey’s top football clubs and the outcome of Turkey’s upcoming general elections.
Salvaging the Iranian nuclear deal could come at a cost China may not want to pay.
The Chinese experience in circumventing earlier sanctions will come in handy with Beijing rejecting Trump’s renewed effort to isolate Iran.
In the upcoming Iraqi election, Sunni Muslims may emerge with a sense of being part of Iraq’s political process and future.
While shifting energy import patterns enhance China’s clout in the Middle East, it is still struggling to be perceived as a big regional player.
The recipients of Beijing’s supposed largess regularly find themselves trapped in debt leading to rising anti-Chinese sentiment.