Opinions

Giancarlo Elia Valori

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Regionalization is the Name of the Game

"We are faced with a cold regional war between Shi'ites and Sunnis, between Iran and Saudi Arabia, in which both major contenders move their minor allies on the Middle East chessboard." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses Hariri's resignation and the crisis in Lebanon. Opinion

A billboard in the streets of Taif, Saudi Arabia, shows King Salman, center, with his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the right, and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to the left (Photo: AP)

The Power Struggle within Saudi Arabia

"The Crown Prince’s current anti-graft sweep is focused on the food, real estate, and telecommunication sectors. The aim is to hit the primary sectors of economic and media consensus, to rebuild a new network of relations in the Middle East, and respond to the Shi'ite operations even with a military clash." Opinion

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (Photo: AP)

 

 

 

Toward a New Era in Saudi Arabia

"From now on, Saudi Arabia wants to avoid a radical and global war throughout the Middle East to destabilize it and thus conquer the old and modern hegemony of Islam within the Greater Middle East." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the strategic shifts in the Saudi Kingdom

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, meets Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis (Photo: AP)

Why is Syria so Important to Iran?

Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori examines the forces still fighting in the Syrian war and discusses the strategic importance of Syria to Tehran. Opinion

Russian forces during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea (Photo: AP)

East vs. West: Toward the Zapad 2017 Exercise

"Zapad 2017 is primarily a political and military anti-destabilization operation that could lead to the use of new techniques for destructuring and disrupting the Western covert networks in the East." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the multinational exercise scheduled to begin this week