With the very recent meeting held in St. Petersburg on August 8 last between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan - the only high-level meeting after the attempted coup in Turkey and the attempted murder of the Turkish leader, a coup which Russia first reported to Turkey and then strongly condemned - a new phase of post-Soviet geopolitics has begun.
Although some US military decision-makers have recently said that the air raids on Sirte are to be considered "purely tactical" - as also General Petraeus stated on August 4 last - the US operations in Libya which started on August 1 last have evident strategic importance.
Not at all! Not an illusion, at least for time being. Russo-Iran relations are steadily growing and deepening. Moscow and Teheran are changing from the pragmatic business model of "armament supplier-buyer" to military cooperation. The closer cooperation serves both to target opponents of Assad – some of them backed by the USA – while also sending a sharp message to the US as fighting over the divided city of Aleppo reaches a critical point after five years of inconclusive civil war.
The effects of the Skyes-Picot Agreement are still being felt today. It is true that the modern Middle East is a house built by the Europeans but it sits on the foundations of the Ottoman Empire. The history of the Middle East has been characterised by authoritarian regimes and religious zealots, however the Arab Spring has proved otherwise.
Capitalist-imperialist America is destined to have hawkish presidents in future too for advancing global interests of USA, both legal and illegal. After the successful launch of Islamophobia with full media backing, now the Hawks in USA are now busy introducing fear for the Trump phenomenon 0r Trumpophobia to terrorize the educated American voters fed up with problematic Obamamania and Democratic misrule after republican variety.
The Middle East is undergoing major whirlwinds of change. Two major events in recent weeks are about to bring tectonic shifts in Middle Eastern politics. While the region is known for its continuous turbulence and fickleness, nevertheless certain epochal events can change the tide and trajectory of the region and its politics.
Smart politicians kiss babies with a smile and are polite to old ladies. No one wants to appear a bully or a boor. That is unless you are Donald Trump, for it is exactly what he has been doing this week to his cost ... at least temporarily.
The new relationship for the exchange of intelligence data, which had been established between Russia and Israel, is currently in danger. The most clear sign of this bilateral crisis can be seen in the mild reaction to the Israeli protests concerning the Russian sales or transfers to the Hezbollah of military equipment (often advanced one). The polemic was also rekindled in the last telephone conversation between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Putin, last Saturday, July 23.