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The Clash Over Libya. The Clash Over Libya Russia’s Ambivalent Libya Policy Is Stuck between the International Mainstream and Its Non-Interference Doctrine By Tom BalmforthRussia Profile03/21/2011 The Russian Foreign Ministry on Sunday condemned air strikes on Libya mandated by a UN resolution, despite the fact that Russia abstained from the vote.

The Clash Over Libya

Moscow continues to send ambivalent signals on Libya, as it wrestles with conflicting policy priorities, analysts say. Earlier today Prime Minister Vladimir Putin waded in to the debate, likening the resolution to a “medieval call to crusade,” only for President Dmitry Medvedev to hit back hours later by describing the premier’s comments as “inadmissible.” "We believe a mandate given by the UN security council resolution – a controversial move in itself – should not be used to achieve goals outside its provisions, which only see measures necessary to protect the civilian population," Alexander Lukashevich, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Sunday. Add to blog. La Russie observe l’intégration économique dans le monde arabe. "La Russie observe avec grand intérêt l’intégration économique des pays arabes et la création de nouveaux mécanismes dans le cadre de la Ligue des Etats arabes (LEA).

La Russie observe l’intégration économique dans le monde arabe

Nous suivons avec intérêt la manière dont la coopération économique panarabe devient un mécanisme régulier", a déclaré Andreï Denissov, premier vice-ministre russe des Affaires étrangères, dans une interview accordée à RIA Novosti. Mercredi dernier, Andreï Denissov a participé à titre d’invité au second sommet socio-économique de la LEA dans la ville balnéaire égyptienne de Charm El-Cheikh, où la poursuite de l’intégration économique des pays arabes, la réalisation de projets communs et l’aide aux pays les moins développés ont été discutées. Pour la première fois, l’idée de l’organisation de sommets économiques de la LEA parallèlement aux sommets politiques a été avancée en 2007 et, selon M.Denissov, elle est mise en œuvre avec succès. Russia’s challenge to America’s Middle East diplomacy.

By Patrick Seale The defeat of US President Barack Obama by Israel’s Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on the question of West Bank settlements has delivered a shock to the international system.

Russia’s challenge to America’s Middle East diplomacy

Netanyahu was able to brush aside Obama’s repeated requests to freeze settlement expansion largely because of the influence of Israel’s friends inside the American political system -- an influence which has now been enhanced by the gains of right-wing, pro-Israel Republicans at last month’s US Congressional elections. The Iran Primer. What is the Saudi arms deal really about? - By Dov Zakheim. It is widely believed that the massive $60 billion U.S. arms deal with Saudi Arabia is directed against Iran.

What is the Saudi arms deal really about? - By Dov Zakheim

After all, Israel did not object to the deal. As one analyst told China's Xinhua News Agency, Jerusalem, of all places, was simply adhering to the ancient principle of: "My enemy's enemy is my friend. " It is indeed possible that the deal -- which includes up to 84 new F-15s, upgrading of Riyadh's current force of 70 F-15s, and up to 1,000 so-called "bunker buster" bombs -- is meant to enhance the Saudi deterrent against Iran. But that presupposes that Iran will still be moving ahead with its nuclear weapons program in 2015, when the first new F-15s will be delivered to the desert kingdom, but will not yet have actually fielded the bomb. A look at the remainder of the Saudi deal indicates that Riyadh has other concerns in mind. Why would Israel not object to the Saudi purchase of attack systems that could in theory be deployed from Tabuk against the Jewish state? Russian government funds select Islamic schools to stem radicalism.

Dagestan is racked by a low-level guerrilla war, a complicated and painful conflict marked by suicide bombings, the assassination of police, mayors and religious leaders, and the abduction and murder of peaceful Muslims.

Russian government funds select Islamic schools to stem radicalism

These crimes are interwoven with ethnic strife, internal corruption, poverty and unemployment – all of it tighter than the threads in a hand-made Dagestan rug. In an effort to counter the proselytising of Islamic fundamentalists often funded by foreign governments, Russia is underwriting the education of moderate religious leaders and teachers at seven Islamic universities, in Moscow, Tatarstan, Bashkyrkostan and in four North Caucasus republics, including Dagestan. Rufik Mukhamedshin, the rector of Russian Islamic University in Kazan, said he hopes the state will also standardise diplomas issued by Islamic educational institutes and ensure they are accepted across Russia as proper academic qualifications.

Oppressed and suppressed "They taught us Arabic. Medvedevs Visit to Syria. Dmitry Medvedev's visit to on May 10-11 was the first by a Russian president; President Asad has already visited three times (January 2005, December 2006, and August 2008). During the visit, agreements on aviation, scientific and information technology cooperation, tourism, and the environment were signed, as was a memorandum regarding cooperation between the two countries’ chambers of commerce. The leaders discussed infrastructure projects in energy, and Middle East political affairs, such as the peace process, , , and , were also on the agenda. In addition, the parties agreed to establish a committee to promote expanded strategic cooperation. During his visit, Medvedev met with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal (whom he met in three months earlier) and even raised the issue of releasing Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

What to Read on Syrian Politics. To most Americans, Syria is a dark and unfamiliar place.

What to Read on Syrian Politics

Attitudes about it have been influenced by almost half a century of confrontation and mutual antagonism, interrupted by brief periods of uneasy accommodation. Even as Washington and Damascus enter a new phase of engagement under the Obama administration, guarded language and limited expectations accompany the diplomatic outreach. Syria matters, Americans are often reminded, not because of its economic or strategic importance but because of its outsized capacity for mischief, its relationship with Iran, and its ability to frustrate U.S. diplomacy across the Middle East.

WHY SAUDI ARABIA DOES NOT SUPPORT A STRIKE ON IRAN « The Race fo. We are pleased to publish this post from our friend and colleague, Jean-François Seznec, whom we consistently find to be a uniquely insightful analyst of the intersection of politics, economics, and energy in the Middle East.


Jean-François is currently Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, where his scholarship and teaching concentrate on the influence of political and social variables in the Gulf on financial and energy markets. He is currently focusing on industrialization in the Gulf and, in particular, the growth of the region’s petrochemical industry. He has 25 years’ experience in international banking and finance, 10 of which were spent in the Middle East, and is currently Senior Advisor to PFC Energy as well as a founding member and Managing Partner of the Lafayette Group, LLC, a U.S. -based private investment company.

He holds a MIA from Columbia University and a MA and Ph.D. from Yale University. The Middle East in Global Perspective. The Middle East has long been a regional battlefield of competing interests among the great powers.

The Middle East in Global Perspective

Израильские депутаты: Клинтон – безграмотный Шариков.

Russia's Middle East Policy

Russia & the Arab world. Russia and the Gulf Countries. Russia & Iran. Russia - Afghanistan. Russia-OPEC. Russia-Israel Relations.

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    Hi! You'll find a new pearl dealing with Russian-Israeli relations. Despite facing many dilemmas, that relationship basically aims at securing Russia's economic interests. Enjoy the reading ! Comments are welcome :)
  2. julnoc Jan 12 2010
    Hi! Thanks for picking the pearl ! I'm trying to gather the finest papers on Russian-Middle Eastern relations. Any idea of other categories ?