14 Sep, 2021

The Bagdad Conference: Preparation for U.S. Withdrawal or the Brokering of a New Regional Balance?

Zubir R Ahmed | 14 September 2021

Early August 2021, the Mustafa al-Kadhimi government announced the “Iraqi Neighboring Countries Conference,” designed to focus on regional challenges and ways to overcome them. The conference, held on August 28, 2021, was initially aimed at hosting Iraq’s neighbors, particularly Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Jordan
The Bagdad Conference: Preparation for U.S. Withdrawal or the Brokering of a New Regional Balance?2021-09-14T17:10:16+03:00
27 Aug, 2021

Heated Conflict or Consolidation of the Status Quo in Northeast Syria: What is next for the AANES?

Bedir Mulla Rashid Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 27 August 2021 | TR

Following the presidential elections held in Syria in May 2021, the PYD-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) has witnessed protests in the territories under its control. The deteriorating economic living standards coupled with the Syrian Democratic Forces’ forced military conscription led people to organize protests
Heated Conflict or Consolidation of the Status Quo in Northeast Syria: What is next for the AANES?2021-09-10T15:43:27+03:00
29 Jul, 2021

Understanding India’s Neutrality in the Israel Palestine Issue

Mohammed Sinan Siyech | 29 July 2021

India’s presence in the Middle East region has been continuously evolving over the last few decades. An indicator of its ambitions and positions can be gleaned from its foreign policy stances in the Israel – Palestine conflict
Understanding India’s Neutrality in the Israel Palestine Issue2021-08-03T14:56:24+03:00
9 Jul, 2021

Iraq’s elections: A Vicious Cycle


Kamaran M. Palani | 09 July 2021

This piece considers whether an early election in Iraq will lead to change, or merely reinforce the status quo and current power structure. Considering the key challenges confronting Iraq’s democratic process and genuine popular participation across the country, this piece highlights the ongoing and polarizing public debate in Iraq regarding whether early elections will take place on the planned date of October 10, or their possible postponement to 2022
Iraq’s elections: A Vicious Cycle
2021-07-29T18:22:09+03:00
7 Jul, 2021

Analysis of the Algerian Legislative Elections Between Continuities and Changes

Ester Sigillo | 07 July 2021 | TR

By declaring the dissolution of the National People’s Assembly in February 2021, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune hoped to open a new political cycle for Algeria after years of massive protests. The snap legislative elections held on June 12 took place in a tense climate of generalized repression amid a political and economic crisis
Analysis of the Algerian Legislative Elections Between Continuities and Changes2021-07-09T11:52:43+03:00
4 May, 2021

China in the Middle East: from Balanced Vagueness to Selective Engagement.

Alessandro Arduino | 04 May 2021 | TR

Following the tense US-China meeting in Alaska during the first high-level US-China talks of the Biden administration in March 2021,[i]  Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi carried out a six-country swing through the Middle East.
China in the Middle East: from Balanced Vagueness to Selective Engagement.2021-05-25T14:11:35+03:00
4 May, 2021

Italy in the Middle East: The disconnect between geopolitics and arm diplomacy

Valentina Pegolo | 04 May 2021

Following the Arab Spring, Italy has tried to improve its geopolitical position in the Middle East. Its approach, however, has suffered from the lack of a grand strategy and overreliance on strategic partners
Italy in the Middle East: The disconnect between geopolitics and arm diplomacy2021-05-04T14:19:26+03:00
22 Apr, 2021

Examining the Islamic State’s Resurgence in Iraq and Syria

Mohammed Sinan Siyech | 22 April 2021 | TR | AR

The Islamic State has gradually ramped up its attacks in Syria and Iraq since the mid-2020. This brief examines the group’s recent activities in both nations to interrogate if the group is undergoing a phase of resurgence in the region. Accordingly, it maps out the different factors that are aiding the group and provides some policy implications for governments in the region
Examining the Islamic State’s Resurgence in Iraq and Syria2021-05-04T14:17:07+03:00
19 Apr, 2021

Decoding the Intra-Kurdish Dialogue in Syria

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 19 April 2021

The intra-Kurdish unity talks between the PYD and the KNC seem to be at an impasse. The unity negotiations, which are undoubtedly the product of times of crisis in Kurdish politics in Syria, started in April 2020, and two rounds of negotiations have already passed. Nevertheless, face-to-face negotiations between the sides stalled months ago, and the third round of talks could not be initiated despite various attempts and US mediation. Moreover, many obstacles lie ahead of the success of the unity talks.
Decoding the Intra-Kurdish Dialogue in Syria2021-04-23T14:59:42+03:00
26 Mar, 2021

Russia and the Gulf: The Revamping of Diplomacy

Leonid M. Issaev | 26 March 2021 | TR | AR

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to the Gulf fell during a period of trials between the new United States administration and the GCC countries, primarily Saudi Arabia. Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman's “golden age” came to an end when former President Donald Trump stepped down and was replaced by Democrat Joseph Biden
Russia and the Gulf: The Revamping of Diplomacy2021-04-19T13:53:24+03:00
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