Researcher at Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Professor at Bar-Ilan University
Violence in the Middle East has intensified and drawn the attention of the global powers. That is why I want to discuss this topic with Professor of the Bar-Ilan University, Dr. Alexander Murinson.
After the Arab Spring uprisings, the Middle East was threatened by chaos and anarchy, which is still ongoing in Iraq, Syria and Libya. While these high tensions in the Arab world have not subsided, there is a menace of a new regional war. Could the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) precipitate it?
A lot of confusion persists about the structure and leadership of the Islamic State of Iraq and Shams (ISIS) terrorist movement, currently known as the Islamic State (IS), despite its quick expansion and grandiose plans to re-construct the Caliphate abandoned with the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in 1923. What is certain is that the core of this organization has split from the Jabhat al-Nusra (the Front of Assistance), a radical Muslim militant organization and Al-Qaeda affiliate fighting the Assad regime in Syria. Initially, despite its claims to the universal authority for all Muslims, ISIS was a phenomenon of Sunni nationalism struggling against the Shia rule in Baghdad and Damascus. Oxumağa davam et Interview with Dr.Alexander Murinson→
Among the greatest disappointments in this year’s NAM Summit in Tehran was the conspicuous absence of the Turkish leadership. As a major trading partner of Iran, and a rising star among emerging powers, many expected Turkey to take the gathering – which focused on Iran’s nuclear program and the Syrian crisis – much more seriously – or, at least, not to de-facto ‘boycott’ it so ostentatiously.
None of the ‘big three’ Turks – from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogen to the President Abdullah Gül and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu – attended the world’s second largest gathering of nation-states. What makes such absence highly controversial is the fact that all of these men used to traverse the Iranian territory in the warm embrace of Iran’s welcoming leadership, buoyant markets, and investment-starved energy resources. Oxumağa davam et Iran-Turkey Relations: More Rivalry, Less Friendship→
Today young expert on Middle East region Richard Javad Heydarian became the guest of Mr.Yazar
1) What you think about ongoing bloodshed in Syria ? (What we have to wait from Geneva meetings ?Has BasharAsad keep chances to remain in the head of the power?The majority of opposition in Syria are sunnits and Shiites, but the current government are alavites. What will be,if the opposition comes to the power ? “Syrian friends” demand to resignation of legal government. Whether BashirAsad will make of a concession of opposition? Today mass media informs that, defense minister killed and President’s brother-in-law wounded at suicide bombing in Damascus. Is it the work of opposition ? Oxumağa davam et Interview with young expert Richard Javad Heydarian→