Syria

Strong Position

How Iran Dealt with Recent Developments in Manbij

Iran quickly supported the advance of the Syrian regular forces towards the Kurdish militias-controlled town of Manbij on 28 December.

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A Difficult Trade-off

Can Moscow Trade Iran’s Influence in Syria for Sanctions?

The new Russian ideas do not accommodate the new realities ensuing from the spiraling tension between the US and Iran.

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Significance of Exclusion

What Does Iran’s Absence from the Istanbul Quartet Summit Mean?

Iranian estimates have linked the exclusion of Tehran from participation at the summit with the ongoing escalation with the US.

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Intertwined Interests

The Political Arrangements in Syria from the Russian Perspective

Russia seems to be gearing for fresh efforts to reach new political arrangements in Syria, after the balance of power has shifted.

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Numerous Factors

Why is ISIS trying to make a comeback to its previous strongholds?

ISIS seems to be intent on returning to the areas from which it was driven out or its influence has receded over the past period.

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A Reversal

Will al-Qaeda’s Influence Recede in the Coming Period?

Al-Qaeda has sought to exploit the 17th anniversary of the events of 11 September 2001 to assert its survival and power.

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