Kassioun Research Unit

Kassioun Research Unit

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Regarding The “National Security Theory”

It may seem an extreme luxury to talk these days about a “national security theory” for Syria. The way countries and peoples formulate their national security theories usually takes place in a long-term cumulative manner, and takes into account a large number of internal and external factors. These factors include economic security with its many variables, social security, and the security of the near and far borders. Thus, including regional and international positioning, and the nature of relations with the near and far neighbors, including hard and soft tools to maintain that security: military, economic, political, diplomatic, cultural, etc.

What is the Real Goal from Biden’s Visit to Saudi Arabia? The “Arab NATO” Myth… A Smoke Bomb

After the disappearance of talk about the so-called “Arab NATO”, which came about with the “normalization” agreements signed by the UAE and Bahrain in 2020, it reemerged through two American reports. One is an interview with the Jordanian king published by CNBC last Friday, June 24, and the second published by American media outlet Wall Street Journal last Sunday, June 26. Since then, there has been a plethora of “analyses” related to the issue in various media outlets.

Nearly Openly, the United States is Inciting Turkey to a New Aggression

In a press briefing by Ned Price, the US Department of State spokesperson, on June 6, one reporter asked him about the US position regarding a potential Turkish military operation in northern Syria. Price responded: “our position is one that you’ve heard… ever since this potential operation was first raised. We have emphasized that we remain deeply concerned about discussions of potential increased military activity in northern Syria, and in particular, its potential impact on the civilian population there. We have continued to call for the maintenance of existing ceasefire lines. We would condemn any escalation beyond those lines. It’s crucial for all sides to maintain and to respect those ceasefire zones to enhance stability in Syria and to work towards a political solution to the conflict”. He also added: “we expect Turkey to live up to the commitments that it made in October of 2019, including the commitment to halt offensive operations in northeast Syria. Any new escalation beyond those existing ceasefire lines could prove to be especially costly setbacks – costly setbacks to our collective efforts to counter Daesh, the efforts of the counter-ISIS coalition, but also to our efforts to promote political stability within Syria”.

How Did the Big Thieves and Their Economic “Liberalism” Contribute to Multiplying and Deepening the Effects of Western Sanctions?

Many countries around the world have been subjected to Western sanctions, and each dealt in a specific manner with those sanctions, which enabled some to reduce the effects of those sanctions, albeit to varying degrees. However, the case in Syria was “special” (as is our situation these days in breaking all sorts of records in the worst way possible).

Revisiting the So-Called “Arab” Gas Pipeline… What Does the Current Conflict Tell us about the Pipeline?

Major and pivotal conflicts of the kind that the world is experiencing today open the door to exploring future possibilities and trying to understand them, but they also provide important clarifications about issues from the recent past and older. There are many international, regional, and even domestic dossiers, the full dimensions of which were difficult to comprehend at the time they occurred, but with the outbreak of the current conflict they became clearer, and their general context, targets, and positioning became more understandable and comprehensible. Among these dossiers is that of the so-called “Arab” gas pipeline.