Raqeb Files

  • The emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) triggered many question marks regarding the balance of power in the region, the magnitude of triggered sectarianism by Arab policies, the internal Iraqi conflict after the US invasion in 2003 and the roles played by Iran and the Gulf countries in Iraq.

  • The comparison between the current situation in Egypt with that of the eve of January 25th, 2011 draws astonishment as to the rate in which the closing of the public domain and the shutting down of politics are unfolding.

  • President Putin's regime in Russia is plagued by many crises, starting with the turbulence in the regime of one of his strongest allies, Bashar al-Assad; through the Ukrainian geopolitical crisis; and not ending with the stormy fall that hit the Russian ruble. Several factors have contributed to the worsening of the Russian situation, including Western sanctions, instability of oil prices, as well as a number of internal issues.

  • The important role the Sultanate of Oman plays in the settlement of the Iranian nuclear file was illustrated by some of the Wikileaks that pointed to several secret meetings that were held in 2009 between the Americans and the Iranians on the coast of Muscat. This initial understanding between the United States and Iran is a cause for concern for the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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