In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s Judah Grunstein, Frederick Deknatel and Omar Rahman discuss Saudi King Salman’s landmark visit to Moscow. For the Report, Salvatore Babones talks with Andrew Green about how geoeconomics is replacing geopolitics as the driver of international power politics.
Russia is enjoying its strongest position in the Middle East since the days of the Cold War. After two decades of America’s “unilateral moment” in the region, it is Vladimir Putin, not Donald Trump, who is the trusted dealmaker today. To many in the Middle East, Putin keeps his promises, unlike the U.S.