Fight for Raqqa and future of ISIS and Syria

As US-backed Syrian forces launch offensive to retake Raqqa from Isis how important is this step in the broader context of fighting ISIS and what are the biggest obstacles in taking over Raqqa? And What effect may this operation have on the Syrian conflict? Read few comments. Continue reading

What did Syria’s war do to Hezbollah?

What is the most visible impact of Syrian conflict on Hezbollah and how would you shortly assess a position of Hezbollah after 6 years of Syrian conflict, is Hezbollah stronger, weaker or basically the same, and why? Read few comments.

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Iran-Saudi relations: Towards the escalation?

As Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran after Nimr al-Nimr execution do you think we are heading toward more escalation between Saudi Arabia and Iran and in which form this escalation may happen, or do you think at the end cool heads will prevail on both sides? Read few comments.

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Syria talks: Some progress or just wishful thinking?

Maybe surprisingly, but the powers agreed on transition period that should lead to elections in Syria. Still many uncertainties, but it seem there is a progress. How do you read this, what are the biggest obstacles on the way out of Syrian conflict, maybe also when we take into account what just happened in Paris? Read few comments.

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Middle East and the role of external powers

You might perhaps see it differently, but it seems that Russia is back in the Middle East, the US is quite indecisive and the EU lack any visible strategy related to region. Plus with some ongoing conflicts, Sunni-Shia rivalry and in many countries problematic economic prospects, what would be you advice for any external power looking at the Middle East? Read few comments.

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Nobel Peace Prize for Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. A message for the region?

National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia wins Nobel Peace Prize. It might been seen as a signal how things should work for the region that Tunisia is probably not perfect, but still better off than the others. Would you agree, or not, could this Nobel Peace Prize has any impact in the region? Read few comments.

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Iran deal: New chapter? Or horror story?

HighRep Federica Mogherini:  This decision is not only on Iran’s nuclear program, it’s much more, can open a new chapter in international relations. In your opinion, how much is it realistic to expect that it will really open a new chapter in international relations and what kind of chapter? Read few comments.

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