Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations from Western Sydney University. His research interests include the international relations and the political economy of the Middle East and Latin America and Big Power Rivalry. He is the co-author of "Syria: The Hegemonic Struggle Between Iran and Saudi Arabia." He appears on PressTV, RT and Indus News, and Sputnik Radio.