THE IMPORTANCE OF THE IRANIAN ELECTIONS
On the coming 19th of May Iran will hold presidential elections. Even in a theocratic system such as the Iranian one, where the opinions of the Supreme Guide of the Revolution, Ali Khamenei, are highly valued, and where the power of the Council of the...
A CASE HISTORY OF EUROPEAN TERRORISTS
Over the past few years, several international analysts have dedicated time and resources to profiling terrorists. They wondered what attracted and convinced a huge mass of individuals to become combatants in the seemingly desperate enterprise known as the Caliphate led by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Religious factors, a hope for a better future...
RUSSIA'S PEACE INITIATIVE AND THE FUTURE OF SYRIA
The talks that opened on January 23,
2017 in Astana, in Kazakhstan, reflect the current military and
political power brokers in the Middle East. The lead role: Russia.
They are the broker in the Syrian crisis. Moscow decided who would
participate in the negotiations and who would not. Supporting roles:
Turkey and Iran. Then come the other players, including the UN. The
United Nations’ representative, Staffan de Mistura, is basically
doing what he is told. A number of other actors have been
invited to attend: the United States, France, the UK and the EU.
Being polite doesn’t mean they are meant to actually play any role
in the talks. The other participants include the warring parties: a
delegation from the Syrian government and members of about 50 armed