The military balance 2017 includes new equipment analysis graphics, a wall chart comparing us forces in europe in 1989 and 2017 and essays on the changing defence-industrial landscape there are also features on argentina, eritrea, the nordic states, saudi arabia and vietnam, among others. An analysis of us strategy in the middle east from 2009 to 2015 suggests that offshore balancing constitutes an inadequate analytical framework against this backdrop, the key question for us strategy in the middle east becomes how to maximise influence under a smaller and lighter military footprint – a. Nato's outreach efforts towards the broader middle east, like any other project in the arab world, cannot be successful or credible unless the alliance devotes time and resources both to assessing its existing image and building a better one understanding the difficulties that nato is likely to face in its public-diplomacy. Riyadh adopts muscular approach to combating arch-rival tehran's regional influence. The emirati ambassador was revealed to have coordinated closely with the most hawkish pro-israel think-tanks in washington to promote a view of the middle east that posits the conservative monarchies, military dictatorships, and israel as the bulwark against iranian expansionism and sunni islamists. The traditional powers of the region are turkey and iran — saudi arabia and egypt are the current arab powers — and their competition for influence over the region's weaker states makes the middle east and north the greatest military threat to iran's wide reach across the middle east will arise in syria.
(an important statistical analysis of military spending and economic growth in 44 developing countries during the period 1950–1965, from a modernizing perspective includes case (contains a good deal on structure of the armed forces in middle eastern countries and their historical relationship to society includes a. 6 days ago all eyes in the middle east are on us president donald trump ahead of his decision whether to withdraw from the jcpoa of interests between the united states and saudi arabia, which is connected with economic assessments (the military and non-military saudi investment in the united states) or with. Offer the united states intelligence community's 2018 assessment of threats to us national security china and russia will seek spheres of influence and to check us appeal and influence in their regions in 2016 and 2017, state- sponsored cyber attacks against ukraine and saudi arabia targeted. Since the fall of the soviet union, russian policy towards the middle east has been marked by inconsistency before september 2015, russia had tried to avoid any fully fledged involvement in military conflicts what influence did putin's re-election in 2012 have on russian policy in the middle east.
1 – the return of russia into north africa and the middle east: multiple 23 – assessment and perspectives from the start of 2017 from the mid- 1950s, it actively promoted itself and extended its influence in economic , military and ideological terms the area was of particular importance to the. Western observers point to iran's increasing influence in iraq, lebanon, syria, and yemen as an indication that it has acquired an unprecedented position in the middle east map of iranian influence in middle east share frachon's assessment is based on iran's military involvement in the region. It more or less controls the most powerful military force in lebanon and has limited capabilities in syria it also has at least advisers in yemen finally, iran has even made inroads in saudi arabia's sphere of influence qatar's relationship with iran is part of the reason it has been boycotted by much of the. The assad-russia-iran coalition has been relocating its military assets and personnel in advance of an expected us-led military operation intended to deter future tehran and moscow share an overarching objective to expel the us from the middle east which will likely bind iran and russia together into an enduring.
Because more than 60 percent of regional inhabitants are less than 30 years old, this demographic bulge will continue to have a substantial effect on political stability across the region the middle east contains more than half of the world's oil reserves and is the world's chief oil-exporting region as the world's biggest oil. In a speech before the arab league in cairo last january, chinese president xi jinping described his view of china's role in the middle east: “instead of looking for a proxy in the middle east, we promote peace talks instead of seeking any sphere of influence, we call on all parties to join the circle of friends. Although the influence of military leaders on foreign policy-making tends to vary according to the state's level of preoccupation with external issues, heading his close nexus with the gulf monarchies, especially saudi arabia, resulted in tens of billions of dollars in aid — much of it were squandered on. The centre of un activity in the middle east is beirut, lebanon, home to the economic and social commision for western asia in addition to near mafraq, jordan secretary-general ban ki-moon visited the camp in 2012 as part of a two -leg trip to jordan and turkey to assess the syrian refugee situation in those countries.
President trump said friday that he would not certify the 2015 iran nuclear deal, based on a clear-eyed assessment of iran's dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its continuing aggression around the world and in the middle east, particularly we need to talk about other ways iran is destabilizing. However, a direct military confrontation between iran and saudi arabia remains unlikely the scale of but hizbullah's influence in lebanon has grown on the back of successful operations to drive islamic state (is) out of the country, something the lebanese government couldn't do as the conflict in syria. Russia is a key actor in the middle east and north africa section of stratfor's 2017 fourth-quarter forecast it has been heavily involved in syria's civil war and the fight against the islamic state across the region the news that moscow is working to secure a more permanent military presence in north africa.  the weaponization of culture posits that culture can be a crucial element of military intelligence, used to influence others, to attack their weak spots and there was no cultural training policy in either the army or marine corps to prepare troops to serve in the middle east or central asia in the post-september 11 era.
In the middle east, iran and its neighbors see a strategic shift: iran's influence is rising in ways that go beyond the menace of its nuclear program the fall of the taliban and saddam, increased oil revenues, hamas's electoral victory, and hizballah's perceived recent success in fighting against israel all. East, where army personnel are deployed in iraq and syria, both greater middle east the rise of isil and the expansion of kurdish influence have probed the depth of american interest and commit- ment to maintaining the state structure in the region as based on analysis of past military interventions by the united. Tion of american influence in the middle east and north africa (mena) defining influence the declining influence hypothesis suffers from inconsistently applied and often vague definitions of the term “influence,” within both policy and academic circles5 military ties, or a more granular assessment of.
Syrian officials on saturday surveyed the damage caused by recent us military strikes on a government airfield that were in retaliation to a chemical attack assessing the aftermath of us airstrikes in syria doug, what about that influence that russia has been increasing throughout the middle east. Iran's nuclear program and its implications iran's regional influence iranian strategic culture the military campaign against the islamic state (is) in iraq and syria gulf and arab-israeli security affairs, he has published widely on irregular and conventional warfare, and nuclear weapons proliferation in the middle east. December 6, 2017 breaking defense as isis goes down to military defeat, the united states requires a longer-range plan and an enduring force presence to deny iran total victory in syria otherwise, the united states risks losing influence as a new middle eastern order is being forged analysis. This report analyzes state-to-state arms sales in the middle east with a particular focus on us transfers approaches as they assess various means of pursuing influence and security in an unstable region actors to influence middle eastern partners and political-military outcomes6 on the other hand.
Although primakov functioned as leader during the nadir of russian influence and bequeathed to vladimir putin a strategy born of weakness since the effort to deploy and sustain russia's military and political presence in the middle east and eastern mediterranean has been, since catherine the great,.