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  The question as to whether the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is a terrorist organization is being discussed at length in the public domain. Analysts became interested in the problem after President Trump recently stated that he was giving consideration as to whether to propose that the IRGC is added to the list of recognized terrorist organizations by the United States. For this to happen there must be clear evidence of terrorist activities performed by the organization in other countries. Meanwhile, experts are divided in their assessment of whether it would have positive consequences, if it were to happen.   Some of the main issues that engage public opinion are: What is the Revolutionary Guard Corps? In what military operations have its members and leaders been involved? Is there


  President Erdogan’s radical departure from previous policy lines toward the Kurdish minority and its political representatives in the Turkish Parliament could derail Turkey’s ambitious plans to act as a crucial energy hub for gas and oil flows destined to the EU and global market.   He is not only fighting the PKK but all Kurds, as HDP co-leader Selahattin Demirtaş was arrested along with at least 11 MPs in a marked escalation of the post-coup crackdown.   Intensification of the government’s war against Kurds in the southeastern region of the country might spell the end of a risk-free environment for all major transit projects passing through Turkey — both existing and planned.   A sequence of bombs blasts — the last one two weeks ago on the gas line


  On August 8th, OPEC published a press release stating that H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry and current OPEC president, had scheduled an informal meeting of OPEC member countries to take place on the sidelines of the 15th International Energy Forum which will take place in Algeria from 26 to 28 September 2016. This renewed rumors of another production “freeze.” But then prices began to fade until last Thursday, when the Saudi Press Agency reportedly emailed a statement to journalists quoting Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih as follows: “…We are going to have a ministerial meeting of IEF in Algeria next month, and there is an opportunity for OPEC and major exporting non-OPEC ministers to meet and discuss the market situation, including any

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Over the past three decades, Prof. Vladimir Chukov, a fluent Arabic speaker, has been exploring the Middle East problems including religious radicalism and terrorism. His latest book entitled “DAESH, a (Non)-Islamic state” reflects, first and foremost, the perceptions and the evaluation of a researcher whose country is located in the immediate vicinity of the Syrian and Iraqi territories that have been occupied by the terrorist organization. It has been the author’s objective in this 400 page book based mostly on Arab sources, to outline the main reasons behind the rise of this proto-government formation, as well as to highlight the various factors that have contributed to it. While searching for comprehensive answers to his questions, the author has managed to penetrate deeply into the very composition of the local societies

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About Vladimir Chukov

Vladimir Chukov - professor, doctor of economics and author of books and research papers in Arabic. From 1995 to 1998, he served as editor of the magazine International Relations. Chukov is a member of many international scientific organizations, including the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies and Central Eurasian Studies Society.