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by Gregorio Baggiani

EPOS Insights

The war in Syria is not to be explained only by the political infighting in the country between the Alawites and the Sunni majority, but also by an important energy deal between Russia and Iran. Both the countries intend to steer the energy market in the Middle East and the Gulf region, substantially influencing the price of gas and crude oil on the world markets against other potential competitors in the sector. On the other hand, Turkey's strategy is to become an energy hub with Russia’s help too, also on the aftermath of its difficult relations with the US and the EU after the failed  military coup that has drifted the West and Turkey further apart. In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Gregorio Baggiani analyses the situation pointing out all the geopolitical implications and the economical strategies



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Middle East: a remake of the World order?

Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:47

Epos converses with prof. Ibrahim Al-Marashi

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

Ibrahim Al-Marashi is an Iraqi-American assistant professor of Middle East history at the Department of History, California State University, San Marcos. His PhD thesis was on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and part of it was plagiarized in a 2003 British government document known as the "Dodgy Dossier". In this exclusive interview for EPOS, prof. Al-Marashi discusses the latest news from the Middle East, focusing on the Islamic State phenomenon, the involvement of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the battle against the jihadists, the historical agreement between Iran and the West on the nuclear issue and all its geopolitical effects in the region

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Why Turkey Allowed Peshmarga Passage to Kobane

Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:01
by Idrees Mohammed

EPOS Insights

In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Idrees Mohammed discusses Turkey's attitude towards Kobane, the Syria's Kurdish town attacked by the jihadists of the Islamic State in the last weeks. He analyses the reasons why Turkey, although had refused to act in Kobane directly, has allowed Peshmarga passage to the town. He focuses on all the political relations between Turkish-Kurdish party and Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish parties, and the relations between Turkey and its neighboring countries and between Ankara and the West. Idrees Mohammed is an expert in International Relations and Kurdish affairs. His MA thesis was on Turkey's policy towards Kurdistan Region. He is now focusing on Turkey's policy towards Kurds, including Syria's Kurdish. He teaches International Relations in University of Duhok’s department of Political Science



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by Nicolamaria Coppola

EPOS Insights

Over the past fifty years the Mediterranean has never been a geopolitical reality within the western system but only a border-region. After the unchallenged dominance of the Atlantic Ocean for over three centuries of history, the Mediterranean is back now to play a central role in the geopolitical dynamics of the West. What are the geopolitical effects of this new status quo?



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