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Russia in the Middle East

With recent regime changes and ongoing conflicts, the Middle East is a major concern for security threats and proliferation of WMD.  The international community is heavily involved in the region, but it seems that Russia's goals in and for the Middle East have been scrutinized by Western powers.

Hans Blix opens first day of nuclear non-proliferation conference in Qatar

Hans Blix delivered the keynote address for a BASIC conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in the Gulf. The former chief U.N. weapons inspector for Iraq and chair of the WMD Commission warned of the dangers from nuclear weapons and material, and called for greater inter-governmental cooperation and transparency.

Turkey, NATO & and Nuclear Sharing: Prospects after NATO's Lisbon Summit

Mustafa Kibaroglu presents Turkey's political, military and diplomatic views to the prolonged deployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons on their soil. Turkey's policy of non-proliferation contrasts with their hosting - albeit burden sharing - of NATO tactical nuclear weapons. He concludes that Turkey, preferably together with other NATO members, should take the initiative in asking the United States to draw them down and remove them entirely, in the interests of Turkish security and alliance cohesion.

Tony Blair's book offers insights on alliances

 "It's always  been an open question as to what extent did we really influence the Bush administration's policy on this to any realistic extent. And there seems to be very little evidence that we did," 

BASIC’s Research Director, Dr Ian Kearns was interviewed by Traci Watson for USA TODAY. Read more: 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-09-02-blair02_ST_N.htm

“It is the right time to be withdrawing from Iraq”

“If the Americans did care about stability in Iraq and if they thought they could influence it, it’s the wrong time. It’s an admission, in a way, that they never had the capacity to bring stability to Iraq.”

BASIC's Executive Director, Paul Ingram interviewed by RT News. Read more and watch the video:

http://rt.com/Top_News/2010-08-31/time-withdraw-troops-iraq.html

 

Iran Update: Number 145

USA is being irrational towards Iran – political analyst

“I think the whole point of what Admiral Mullen said over the weekend was to tell the Iranians that actually the Americans mean business. Otherwise, if you look at the timeline, we are not talking about any kind of military action anytime soon."

BASIC Program Director Anne Penketh interviewed by RT News. Read more and watch video:

http://rt.com/Top_News/2010-08-02/usa-behaves-irrationally-iran.html?fullstory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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