Democratic lawmakers slam Trump over Bahrain reception

Manama critics on Capitol Hill assail decision to host independence celebration at president-elect's Washington hotel.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on December 5

Iranian hard-liner alleges FM Zarif is American spy

A prominent Iranian hard-liner accused Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of being an American spy as anger toward the US and the Rouhani administration heats up.
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 Changiz M. Varzi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 5

What Iran's presidential election means for Russia

As Russia’s and Iran’s foreign policies become congruent, Russia looks to Iran’s 2017 elections for clues into their future relationship.
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 Julia Sveshnikova for Al-Monitor on December 5

Should Ankara be optimistic about relations with Trump?

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has expressed optimism about improved US-Turkish relations during a Trump administration.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on December 5

Will Trump bring Egypt, Israel closer?

Observers wait to see what role, if any, the Trump administration might play in a rapprochement between Israel and Egypt.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 5

Is Turkey at the end of its EU adventure?

The European Parliament’s call to freeze membership talks with Turkey may not be binding for EU leaders, but still marks a grim milestone with far-reaching political and economic implications for Turkey.
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 Ali Bayramoglu for Al-Monitor on December 5

Will new law restrict Egyptian NGOs' activities?

The Egyptian parliament has approved a new law to regulate the activities of civil society organizations and monitor their sources of funding, although some view this as going against the Egyptian Constitution.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 5

Has political crisis in Iraq's Anbar reached a dead end?

As the political crisis continues in Anbar province, the upcoming council election has been postponed and the displaced do not receive enough support from the local government to return to their homeland.
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 Omar Sattar for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on December 5

Saudi-Egypt crisis leaves Israel concerned

Two arms deals recently inked by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has Israel baffled and worried.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on December 5

Erdogan’s Syria policy hits dead end in Aleppo

Ankara anticipates worst-case scenario as Syrian government forces appear close to victory in decisive battle.
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 Al-Monitor Week in Review on December 4

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