West Asia/Middle East
  • What Will Trump’s New Iran Strategy Do?
    2017-10-24 Jin Liangxiang
    On October 13, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his new Iran strategy. As expected, President Trump jettisoned another part of Barack Obama’s legacy, though he stopped short of withdrawing the U.S. from the nuclear deal. The new strate... [FULL TEXT]
  • The U.S. Should Take the Lead to Engage Iran
    2017-08-15 Jin Liangxiang
    On August 6th, the 12th President of the Islamic Republic of Iran was sworn into office. Hassan Rouhani is expected to continue the domestic and foreign policies of his first-term, which were consistently characterized as moderate. Despite ... [FULL TEXT]
  • The Jihadi Pivot to Asia
    2017-08-12 Dan Steinbock
    As the Islamic State is collapsing in the Middle East, it needs wins elsewhere. Southeast Asia is Jihadi terror’s new battlefront. In order to contain the terror and sustain the Asian Century, new kind of cooperation is needed between the A... [FULL TEXT]
  • China, EU can cooperate in Middle East
    2017-08-08 Jin Liangxiang
    I was in Brussels on a short academic visit with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung office from June 21 through July 8, and was able to meet a number of EU officials thanks to my host's thoughtful arrangements.These fruitful contacts convinced me... [FULL TEXT]
  • The Middle East Under Trump
    2017-03-01 Jin Liangxiang
    The world entered the year of 2017 with everybody talking about US President Donald Trump. It is widely believed that Trump will bring uncertainty to almost every part of the world, including the Middle East. While many are talking about Tr... [FULL TEXT]
  • Ambassador's assassination:"lone wolf" attacks on the rise
    2016-12-20 Li Weijian
    Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was assassinated by a Turkish police officer at an Ankara art gallery Monday. "Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!" the gunman is heard shouting in a video of what leaders of Turkey and Russ... [FULL TEXT]
  • China Plays Great Role in Fighting Extremism
    2016-12-26 Jin Liangxiang
    The campaign against terrorism, particularly represented by ISIS, is high on the global agenda. The role of the U.S. is much more visible in comparison with that of China, as American military actions always make headlines in major internat... [FULL TEXT]
  • Why China's role is not very visible in the Middle East
    2016-12-26 Jin Liangxiang
    Chinas policy toward the Middle East is always discussed on different occasions. Though China has contributed many efforts to the resolution of major regional conflicts, it seems that Chinas role has never been sufficiently recognized. Whil... [FULL TEXT]
  • Is the Iran Nuclear Issue Resolved?
    2016-12-26 Jin Liangxiang
    The year 2015 witnessed intensive international efforts in dealing with the Iran nuclear issue, which finally resulted in the signing of JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions) on July 14. The world has reasons to feel relaxed since the... [FULL TEXT]
  • Iran’s Economy after the Sanctions Deal: Why the New US Hurd...
    2016-12-26 Den Steinbock
    Today, the Iran nuclear deal is effective. Yet, Iran’s efforts to attract foreign investment and accelerate growth and prosperity face new hurdles, which seem to reflect Washington’s efforts to dent the agreement.Last January, t... [FULL TEXT]