By order of President Donald Trump, the US State Department is designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the military arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) in its entirety, including the Quds Force.
Now that the Middle East conference in Warsaw has ended, words such as “disaster,” “disappointment” and “inconsequential” seem to be popular as part of the post-mortem. But the conference was a necessary step forward in a messy geopolitical environment.
The US last week announced it was leaving the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, accusing Russia of violating the terms with the deployment of up to 100 9M729 or SSC-8 missiles over the last several years.
NATO is at a crossroads in terms of strategy moving forward. The Atlantic alliance faces challenges from within its membership, for example with Turkey, and from outside, specifically Russia. NATO is also stressed by extra-regional missions, such as in Afghanistan.
The involvement of an economically and politically stranded Armenia portends of decades-old complex relations with Moscow. Armenia’s involvement promises it the same fate as Assad, permanently on the wrong side of the U.S. and Western nations.