China Poses a Growing Threat to U.S. Interests in the Middle East

March 2 2021

For much of the past ten years, Beijing has systematically expanded its influence into the Middle East, particularly through its Belt and Road infrastructure and investment initiative. It seeks, according to Eyck Freymann, to become a major player in the region while minimizing its investment of blood and treasure. And while it has not yet started to challenge the U.S. directly, Freymann argues that its ultimate aim is to gain at Washington’s expense:

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More about: China, Hizballah, Iran, Middle East, U.S. Foreign policy

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war