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Iran and Russia: Old Enemies, New Allies

Iran and Russia: Old Enemies, New Allies

“Our relations with Russia have assumed a strategic nature,” says Rear-Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Secretary-General of Iran’s High Council of National Security. “In the context of the fight against common enemies, all our bases are available to Russia.” The historic...
Now is Not the Time for an Independent Kurdistan

Now is Not the Time for an Independent Kurdistan

Kurdish-Arab tensions have increased in recent weeks as a result of political differences between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government in Baghdad. Disputes over oil and gas resources and the 2013 budget have undermined stability in Iraq...
Now is the Time for an Independent Kurdistan

Now is the Time for an Independent Kurdistan

The establishment of any new state entity must be analyzed within three fundamental dimensions. These are the internal, regional, and international dimensions. This is particularly true of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, in light of its unique circumstances and...