Tag: Iran

Getting Golan: Israeli-Levantine Tensions Reach Same Old Heights

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s Alawite regime would not have survived the Sunni revolt that erupted in 2011 without Iran’s commitment of Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah fighters to the battlefields in the Levant. Iran’s political, economic and military support enabled President…

Yemen has been Starving to Death

While going through one of its worst conflicts with no hope for a timely settlement, Yemen’s humanitarian situation is going downhill. A few days ago, the United Nations published a worrying statement on how  Yemen and three other countries are about…

Barack of Arabia: Obama’s Diplomatic Legacy in the Middle East

Eight years ago, President Obama electrified the world with the promises to end the wars of his predecessor in Iraq and Afghanistan, close down Guantanamo Bay and end America’s traditional support for autocrats and dictators in the Middle East. History dealt…

Donald Trump and the Arab World War

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has aroused a variety of reactions throughout the Middle East. Given the many contradicting statements Mr. Trump made on the campaign trail, it is hard to gauge his preferences…

Iran’s “Silk Road” to Recovery

In response to the recent U.S. House of Representatives’ vote to extend American sanctions on Iran for 10 more years, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei stated that Iran would retaliate if the legislation, known as the Iran Sanctions Extension Act…

A Rebranding of Canadian Soft Power Demonstrated Through Canadian and Iranian Relations

Canadian interactions with foreign powers has traditionally been one of mediation and peace mongering which has bolstered its reputation as a reliable and transparent member of the international community. Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Lester B. Pearson spearheaded the United…