Middle East

Russia Is Roaring Back to the Middle East While America Is Asleep

Date: 11-27-2017

November 27, 2017 Originally posted in the National Interest: http://nationalinterest.org/feature/russia-roaring-back-the-middle-east-while-america-asleep-23323 Russia is back in the Middle East. The Kremlin is methodically creating a systematic geopolitical challenge…

Dr. Cohen’s Recent Interview on Fox News: Trump’s Policy Towards Iran

Date: 10-16-2017

Fox News October 16, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut-F71ituXg&feature=youtu.be

Dr. Cohen’s Recent Interview on Bloomberg: U.S. Policy Towards Iran

Date: 10-16-2017

Step, Don’t Show Cards: Ariel Cohen  Bloomberg October 16, 2017  Bloomberg Markets AM with Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz. GUEST: Ariel Cohen, Senior Fellow at…

Trump’s first 100 days: the foreign policy report card

Date: 05-08-2017

The Huffington Post By Ariel Cohen May 8, 2017 Many in Washington feared Trump would sell out to Russia. That never happened. Sanctions against Russia…

Dr. Cohen Discusses Strategy in Syria

Date: 04-07-2017

Polizette “Trump Strike Brings Risk of Entanglement or ‘Red Line’ Moment” By Brendan Kirby April 7, 2017 http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/trump-still-risks-of-red-line-moment-after-syrian-strike/ In deciding on a missile strike against…

Trump’s trials: Iran and North Korea

Date: 02-20-2017

The Hill Ariel Cohen 02/19/2017 http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/320188-trumps-trials-iran-and-north-korea As the General Michael Flynn’s political star sets amidst continued controversy, the Trump administration is facing its first foreign…

Why Russia Will Remain the Centerpiece of US Foreign Policy After the Elections

Date: 10-28-2016

Huffington Post October 28, 2016 By Ariel Cohen http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-ariel-cohen/why-russia-will-remain-th_b_12690626.html With the final stretch of the U.S. presidential elections upon us, Russia’s challenge in Syria has…

Dr. Cohen on Sky News Arabic discussing Russia

Date: 10-27-2016

Dr. Cohen on Sky Arabic discussing Russia in the Middle East, Russia/Syria, Russia/Turkey, Russia/US etc. Sky News Arabic October 27, 2016

Putin’s Weakness Gives Kerry a Strong Hand

Date: 03-24-2016

In Moscow this week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry should keep in mind that Russia’s recent military engagements in Ukraine and Syria represent an…

Memo to Secretary Kerry: Russia Is Weaker Than You Think

Date: 03-23-2016

When US Secretary of State John Kerry goes to Moscow this week, he should keep in mind that Russia’s recent military engagements in Ukraine and…

Dr. Cohen on BBC World News – Syria, Russia

Date: 03-04-2016

Dr. Cohen on BBC World News speaking about US-Russian relations as they are playing out in Syria BBC World News March 4, 2016

Iranian gas industry to require massive investments to meet European demands

Date: 01-27-2016

Trend News Agency January 26, 2016 By Elena Kosolapova http://en.trend.az/business/energy/2486234.html The Iranian gas industry will require massive investments to meet European and global demand, Non-resident…

Why TANAP/TAP a better alternative than Turkish Stream

Date: 01-27-2016

Trend News Agency January 27, 2016 By Aygun Badalova http://en.trend.az/business/energy/2486185.html The Trans Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), being realized within…

Saudi-Iranian Crisis, China’s Economic Slide Set Stage for Perfect Storm in the Oil Market

Date: 01-05-2016

The Atlantic Council January 5, 2016 By Ariel Cohen The deepening rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran may have dire consequences for global oil markets…

Russia’s Quarrel With Turkey Is Distracting—and Dangerous

Date: 12-03-2015

The National Interest December 3, 2015 By Ariel Cohen De-escalation is crucial in order to restore focus on the Syrian war itself. As the world’s…

Dr. Cohen on US-Russian anti-ISIS cooperation and Syria (Russian)

Date: 11-18-2015

Dr. Cohen on RBK comments on anti-ISIS cooperation between US and Russia November 18, 2015

REPORT: Developing a Western Energy Strategy for the Black Sea Region and Beyond

Date: 11-18-2015

Atlantic Council November 18, 2015 By Dr. Ariel Cohen In Developing a Western Energy Strategy for the Black Sea Region and Beyond, Senior Fellow at…

A ‘Cold War 2.0’ playing out in the Middle East

Date: 11-03-2015

Putin’s government tries to establish a security belt stretching from Iraq to the Mediterranean, expert tells the “Post. The US is facing a “Cold War…

Trial by turbulence in Turkey

Date: 10-30-2015

As the maelstrom of mayhem in the Middle East – from Benghazi to Baghdad and from Tripoli to Tikrit – expands, Turkey, a pillar of…

Ariel Cohen: Georgia Could Become an Energy Exporter

Date: 10-29-2015

Georgia Today, like many of our Readers, was interested in the groundbreaking announcement by a US independent oil and gas exploration and production company Frontera…

Russia from Ukraine to Syria: Helping the Cat Down the Tree

Date: 09-08-2015

Russia’s military involvement in Syria and Ukraine obligates the United States and its European allies to bring the Kremlin back to Earth and recognize that…

Expert tells ‘Post’: Moscow “has definitely raised the quality of equipment it is sending” to Syria

Date: 09-07-2015

Russia’s recent military buildup in Syria has sparked concern in Western capitals as Vladimir Putin again appears to be shrewdly calculating that the West will…

A More-Interesting-Than-Usual Panel on the Iran Deal

Date: 09-05-2015

It’s Saturday night of Labor Day weekend. If you’re anything like me, rather than having some barbecue and a beer, or watching baseball, or watching…

Iran Nuclear Agreement (VIDEO)

Date: 09-04-2015

Iran Nuclear Agreement C-SPAN September 4, 2015 VIDEO: http://www.c-span.org/video/?327950-1/discussion-iran-nuclear-deal Panelists talked about the strengths and weaknesses of the Iran nuclear agreement.

US should act in Mideast now to avoid messier cleanup later, says expert

Date: 06-11-2015

Ariel Cohen: Iran going nuclear would lead to Saudis following suit. By decreasing its footprint in the Middle East at a time of growing threats,…

The Jerusalem Post

Russia unlikely to drop support of Assad regime

Date: 05-31-2015

Ariel Cohen, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and the director of the Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics at the Institute for…

The Jerusalem Post

Dr. Cohen’s commentary on the Iran deal (Russian)

Date: 04-09-2015

April 6, 2015 RBC Television Channel

Lecture: “Challenges and Prospects of Oil and Gas Industry in Russia and Worldwide”

Date: 12-02-2014

Moscow on the “Challenges and Prospects of Oil and Gas Industry in Russia and Worldwide.” The global energy landscape is evolving at a rapid pace,…

Interview with Dr. Cohen about Iraq

Date: 08-18-2014

Interview with Dr. Cohen about the targets of the Islamic state and U.S. support for Iraq CTV NEWS August 16, 2014 View the interview at…

Dr. Cohen on Syrian chemical weapons

Date: 01-14-2014

Dr. Cohen commenting on the first batch of  Syrian chemical weapons being shipped. http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=270947&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1 CTV News

Южный Кавказ, радикализм и интересы США

Date: 10-18-2013

В Институте Хадсон в Вашингтоне прошла конференция на тему «Подъем радикального ислама на Южном Кавказе – угрозы и реакции». Конференцию, на которой мне довелось со-председательствовать,…

VOA Russia

Putin Wants to Deny Israel the Ultimate Deterrent. Is Obama in?

Date: 10-17-2013

Next week at the quiet Swiss lakeside resort of Glion, officials from the UN, Russia, US and the UK will gather, ostensibly to prepare for…


Геополитические шахматы Кремля

Date: 09-16-2013

Главы внешнеполитических ведомств России и США Сергей Лавров и Джон Керри договорились о последующих шагах по выходу из сирийского кризиса. Стороны договорились о том, что…

Voice of America

Syrian Geopolitical Chess: Putin’s One-Two Punch

Date: 09-12-2013

Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times is an attempt to talk to the American people over the heads of its elected representatives. For a Russian foreign policy…

Эхо недели: Удар по Сирии; последствия тяжелее причин (video)

Date: 09-02-2013

Комментарий для Эха Недели ДО инициативы о Разооружении Сирии. Да, переоценили мы Обаму. By Ariel Cohen RTVi September 2, 2013 Эхо недели: Удар по Сирии;…

Obama said willing to go it alone on Syria

Date: 08-29-2013

“When we keep an eye on Syria we need to keep an eye on the security of shipping, especially the shipping of oil in the…

Syria retaliation threat not empty words, analysts say

Date: 08-28-2013

Iran, a Shiite Muslim theocracy, could spur uprisings among Shiite populations in Sunni-led Gulf countries, especially Bahrain, which has a Shiite majority, and Saudi Arabia…

Interview: The use of chemical weapons in Syria (video)

Date: 08-22-2013

Dr. Cohen commenting on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. August 22, 2013 CTV News Channel, Canada http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=988673&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1

CTV News Channel

Russian Missiles to Syria Endanger U.S. Foreign Policy Goals

Date: 05-29-2013

Russia is planning to supply Syria game-changing weapons which will shift the balance of power in the eastern Mediterranean in favor of President Bashar al-Assad’s…

The Heritage Foundation

Iran Threatens U.S. Interests in the South Caucasus

Date: 12-05-2012

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives By Ariel Cohen December 5, 2012 http://www.heritage.org/research/testimony/2012/12/iran-threatens-us-interests-in-the-south-caucasus

The Heritage Foundation

Is Russia Finally Inching Away From Syria’s Assad?

Date: 07-15-2012

Why the Syrian leader’s most important international backer might start looking for a way out. The Interfax news agency reported Tuesday that a Russian naval…

The Atlantic

Dialogue of the Deaf: Obama and Putin at the G-20 Meeting

Date: 06-18-2012

Today, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting [1] at the G-20 summit in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This meeting is likely…

The Heritage Foundation

Сирийские сценарии (Rus)

Date: 04-02-2012

Voice of America

Azerbaijan: Between Iran and a Hard Place

Date: 03-21-2012

The former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan is a small country sandwiched between Russia and Iran along the coast of the Caspian Sea, which is in…

The National Interest

Сирийский Гамбит России (Rus)

Date: 03-12-2012

Voice of America

Is Russia Becoming Iran’s Diplomatic Godfather?

Date: 02-20-2012

Moscow has shown yet again that it is determined to protect Iran’s controversial nuclear program. Russia and China have asked Yukiya Amano, Lorem ipsum dolor…

Will Russia Bog Down in Syria?

Date: 11-30-2011

By Ariel Cohen The Heritage Foundation In an unfortunate exercise of naval muscle-flexing, a flotilla of Russian warships will be sent to the anchorage and naval base…

Iran–Russia S-300 Affair Takes a New Spin

Date: 08-30-2011

Ariel Cohen and Michaela Bendikova The Heritage Foundation   Iran escalated its dispute with Russia recently. Tehran filed a lawsuit against the Russian Federation at the International Court…

Turkey’s ‘Zero Problems with Neighbors’ Policy Meets the Reality of Syria

Date: 08-11-2011

By Ariel Cohen The Heritage Foundation Turkey finds its “zero problems with neighbors” foreign policy severely compromised by upheaval in the Arab world. Relations with…

Azerbaijan’s Afghan Contribution

Date: 07-29-2011

Ariel Cohen & Robert Nicholson The Washington Times America has sacrificed a lot fighting the Taliban insurgency inAfghanistan – but we are not alone. The United States and our NATOallies are getting…

Tripoli and the Russian Rift

Date: 03-25-2011

By Ariel Cohen The National Interest U.S. President Barack Obama’s “reset” with Russia is looking flimsy in the wake of vitriolic rhetoric from Moscow. Prime…

Putin and Medvedev Break Up Over Libya

Date: 03-01-2011

By Ariel Cohen The Foundry Russia originally abstained from vetoing the U.N. Security Council resolution allowing operation “Odyssey Dawn” in Libya. Now, however, Moscow is…

The Anatolian Eagle Is Looking Eastward

Date: 10-15-2010

By Ariel Cohen The Foundry In late September–early October, China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)’s SU-27 fighters participated [2] for the first time in…

Turkey’s Referendum: A Looming Challenge to U.S. Interests?

Date: 09-17-2010

By Ariel Cohen The Heritage Foundation On September 12, 2010, Turkey took an important political step away from its secular nature—and, indirectly, away from its…

Congressmen Talk Turkey

Date: 06-21-2010

By Ariel Cohen The Foundry At a Washington, DC, press conference held by Members of Congress in support of Israel, Turkey received its taste of…

Look Who’s Talking Exclusive: Middle East and Terrorism Experts Comment on the Situation in Yemen

Date: 01-11-2010

Blog By Marianna Gurtovnik I have asked recognized experts on Middle East and terrorism to comment on the current situation in Yemen, which I covered last week, and to…

Israel Shopping Issue of Iran Among World Powers

Date: 12-05-2009

Israel Shopping Issue of Iran Among World Powers12-05-2009 By Michael Carl © 2009 WorldNetDaily Israel, through Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s current travels, is shopping the issue of…

Ariel Cohen on the Mitchell Mission to the Middle East (video)

Date: 07-30-2009

Interview with Dr. Ariel Cohen. BBC World News July 30, 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy2RVPTfS28&feature=related&nomobile=1

BBC World News

Obama Puts Israel at Risk

Date: 05-13-2009

By Ariel Cohen The May 18 meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is critical for both nations. US-Israeli relations are in…

Turkey’s Dangerous Shift

Date: 04-10-2009

By Ariel Cohen After attending three summits – of the Group of 20 richest countries, NATO and the European Union – President Obama ended his…

Iran’s ICBM program presents real threat to U.S. in near future

Date: 04-03-2009

By Ariel Cohen The Islamic Republic of Iran produces several short-range rockets domestically, including the Shahab-1 and the Shahab-2. They are spin-offs respectively of the…

The Real World: Gaza’s Five Rings of Fire

Date: 01-19-2009

By Ariel Cohen To understand the Gaza war, one needs to examine the five concentric ’rings of fire’ Gaza presents: intra-Palestinian; Israeli-Palestinian; the Arab world; Iran; and the West, including…

Turkey’s Foreign Policy Plans in 2009

Date: 01-09-2009

Turkey’s Foreign Policy Plans in 200901-09-2009 By Ariel Cohen In 2009, expect to see a more active Turkey. It’s planning to boost its foreign policy…

The Real World: ’Tsipi, King of Israel’

Date: 10-31-2008

The Real World: ’Tsipi, King of Israel’10-31-2008 It is an Israeli thing. When a politician, say Ehud Barak, running for the office of prime minister…

The Real World: Israel – No October Surprise

Date: 09-26-2008

The Real World: Israel – No October Surprise09-26-2008 By Ariel Cohen   Will Israel’s Prime Minister designate Tsipi Livni order a strike against Iran? Highly…

Cohen: Middle East Going MAD?

Date: 07-30-2008

Cohen: Middle East Going MAD?07-30-2008 By Ariel Cohen   The forthcoming Russian anti-air craft system in Iran may precipitate an early Israeli strike- or promote…

The Real World: Sand is Running Out of Israel-Iran Clock

Date: 07-25-2008

By Ariel Cohen   In March 2009, Russia will deploy modern S-300 long-range anti-aircraft missiles in Iran. By June 2009 they will become fully operational,…

The Real World: Iran and US Elections

Date: 06-06-2008

By Ariel Cohen Iran is emerging as a key issue in the U.S. 2008 presidential campaign. In his speech to the pro-Israel American Israel Public…

The Real World: Beirut a Blow to Bush

Date: 05-16-2008

By Ariel Cohen As U.S. President George W. Bush travels to the Middle East, Lebanon’s survival as a multi-ethnic, multi-denominational state is at stake. Hezbollah,…

The Real World: Israel at 60

Date: 05-09-2008

The Real World: Israel at 6005-09-2008 By Ariel Cohen The 21st century will not be an easy one for Israel, yet the 20th initially looked…

Turkey’s Constitutional Dilema

Date: 05-01-2008

This year the Turkish Constitutional Court will hear a crucial petition aimed at banning the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), including its leader, Prime…

The Real World: NATO and the Middle East

Date: 04-04-2008

The Real World: NATO and the Middle East04-04-2008 By Ariel Cohen The Bucharest summit tells a cautionary tale to the Middle East countries and Afghanistan.…

The Real World: Iran’s Managed Democracy

Date: 03-21-2008

By Ariel Cohen   Iranian voters – 44 million of them – cast their ballots on March 14, in the country’s eighth parliamentary election since…

The Real World: Hamas, Qassams & Conflict

Date: 03-14-2008

By Ariel Cohen An incessant and intensifying barrage of Qassam and Katyusha rockets recently forcedIsrael to undertake the largest ground operation in Gaza since the 2005 pullout. The…

The Real World: The US-Turkey Kurdish Dilema

Date: 02-28-2008

The Real World: The US-Turkey Kurdish Dilema02-28-2008 By Ariel Cohen U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was in Ankara this week asking his Turkish counterparts…

The Real World: US Intel Russia, Iran

Date: 02-16-2008

The Real World: US Intel Russia, Iran02-16-2008 by Ariel Cohen Lajos Szaszdi, Ph.D. contributed to the article.     What does the U.S. intelligence community…

The Real World: The Danger of Iran’s Space Launch

Date: 02-08-2008

by Ariel Cohen On Feb. 5, just a few days before the 29th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered the launch of…

The Real World: Olmert’s Reprieve

Date: 02-01-2008

The Real World: Olmert’s Reprieve02-01-2008 by Ariel Cohen   Amidst a rare Jerusalem snow storm the Winograd Commission, named after its chairman, retired Tel-Aviv District…

The Real World: Great Powers, Limp Sanctions

Date: 01-25-2008

The Real World: Great Powers, Limp Sanctions01-25-2008 The Real World: Great Powers, Limp Sanctions  by Ariel Cohen   A mountain of diplomacy has given birth…

The Real World: Lieberman Exits Stage Right. Is Olmert Next?

Date: 01-17-2008

The Real World: Lieberman Exits Stage Right. Is Olmert Next?01-17-2008 The Real World: Lieberman Exits Stage Right. Is Olmert Next?                                     Ariel Cohen   Ehud…

The Real World: Bush’s Middle East Tour

Date: 01-11-2008

The Real World: Bush’s Middle East Tour01-11-2008 The Real World: Bush’s Middle East Tour by Ariel Cohen   As Americans turn to the primaries season…

Oil at $100

Date: 01-06-2008

Oil at $10001-06-2008 The Real World: Oil at $100   Ariel Cohen   Is $100 oil a cause to celebrate? The answer is, yes -…

2008: The Year of Weakness and Confusion

Date: 01-01-2008

2008: The Year of Weakness and Confusion01-01-2008 2008: The Year of Weakness and Confusion   The West is facing an unprecedented year of weakness and…

Winners and Losers

Date: 12-10-2007

Winners and Losers12-10-2007 The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran is unprecedented in the way it is likely to change U.S. policy toward the Islamic…

The Iranian National Intelligence Estimate: Winners and Losers

Date: 12-07-2007

The Iranian National Intelligence Estimate: Winners and Losers12-07-2007 Not since the Team A – Team B debate over the Soviet threat of the 1970s has…

After Annapolis

Date: 12-01-2007

After Annapolis12-01-2007 The Washington Times   Ariel Cohen December 1, 2007 This week’s Annapolis conference triumphantly launched final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,…

U.S. Should Not Impose a Ceasefire Deadline on Israel

Date: 07-20-2006

Rising civilian casualties in Lebanon are triggering calls for the U.S. to impose a ceasefire on Israel before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice travels to…

Kadima’s Victory and U.S. Policy on the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Date: 05-03-2006

Ehud Olmert’s Kadima (Forward) party won less than one-quarter of the available Knesset seats (29 out of 120) in the Israeli parliamentary elections held March…

Israel’s Security Conundrum

Date: 12-23-2003

Israel’s Security Conundrum12-23-2003 HERTZLIYA, Israel — In a major policy speech Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced Thursday that if the Road Map is not…

Giving Thanks for Turkey

Date: 10-25-2003

Giving Thanks for Turkey10-25-2003 As the ruins of the British Consulate and HSBC Bank in Istanbul were still smoldering, and the victims of an earlier…

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