21 Jan, 2022

The Dangers and Implications of a Probable Full US Withdrawal from Iraq

Zubir R Ahmed Nawzad Abdullah | 21 January 2022

Strategic dialogue between Iraq and the US (United States) came to the conclusion that coalition troops should be withdrawn on 31 December 2021, with the coalition’s mission becoming a purely advisory role
The Dangers and Implications of a Probable Full US Withdrawal from Iraq2022-01-21T14:23:22+03:00
18 Jan, 2022

The Ethiopian Crisis: A Dangerous Precedent for Future Conflicts?

Federico Donelli | 18 January 2022

This brief analyzes Ethiopia's conflict dynamics and highlights some of its regional and global implications. The Ethiopian military's intervention in the northern region of Tigray in November 2020 has triggered
The Ethiopian Crisis: A Dangerous Precedent for Future Conflicts?2022-01-21T14:23:20+03:00
1 Dec, 2021

The Ruling Alliance between Hezbollah and Free Patriotic Movement Under Scrutiny

Selman Buyukkara | 01 December 2021 | TR

Fifteen years have passed since Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), which both occupy a central place in Lebanon’s sectarian political system, signed a Memorandum of Understanding and formed the political alliance currently governing Lebanon. These two parties, which were ideologically and politically opposed
The Ruling Alliance between Hezbollah and Free Patriotic Movement Under Scrutiny2021-12-14T12:50:46+03:00
16 Nov, 2021

Democracy Promotion No Longer? Autocratic Diffusion and Economic Barriers to Democratic Consolidation in Tunisia

Firat Kimya | 16 November 2021

The crisis of democracy in Tunisia continues, as President Kais Saied declared an indefinite suspension of parliament, which he has depicted as a threat to the state. Amidst this crisis, the indecisive attitude of international democratic actors has disappointed many and created a power vacuum for MENA strongmen to extend their political influence on Tunisia
Democracy Promotion No Longer? Autocratic Diffusion and Economic Barriers to Democratic Consolidation in Tunisia2021-12-01T11:36:53+03:00
11 Oct, 2021

TURKISH-EMIRATI RELATIONS IN IRAQ AFTER 2003: A CONTAINED COMPETITION?

Tamer Badawi | 11 October 2021 | TR

Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Gulf countries have been long collaborating and competing in Iraq since the US invasion of 2003. The United States (US) sought the support of regional allies to contribute to building the new political order as well as engage in economic reconstruction. Pre-war political and economic ties had helped Turkey and the UAE in establishing their influence in the country
TURKISH-EMIRATI RELATIONS IN IRAQ AFTER 2003: A CONTAINED COMPETITION?2021-10-15T15:32:18+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
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