25 May, 2021

Cybersecurity in the MENA region: Shared Insecurities, Diverse Responses

James Shires | 25 May 2021

Cyber insecurity is a multifaceted problem, and one further complicated by the political divides in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This paper tackles two questions: first, what are the main sources of cyber insecurity in the region?
Cybersecurity in the MENA region: Shared Insecurities, Diverse Responses2021-05-25T14:11:36+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
27 Apr, 2021

How the UAE seeks to leverage the GERD Nile dispute

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey | 27 April 2021

Renewed attempts to reach a breakthrough over Ethiopia’s River Nile dam faltered on April 4, as Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reiterated his warnings of a conflict. Tensions are therefore extremely high over the ongoing construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
How the UAE seeks to leverage the GERD Nile dispute2021-04-27T15:29:00+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
12 Mar, 2021

The Syrian Revolution’s Tenth Anniversary: The Autopsy of a Delayed Triumph

Sinan Hatahet | 12 March 2021 | TR | AR

Following the dramatic and quick deposing of Ben Ali in Tunis and Mubarak in Egypt, the younger and allegedly more popular Bashar al-Assad publically dismissed the possibility of himself witnessing a similar fate. Confident of his ability to navigate through murky waters and maintain a working relationship with the international community despite their previous attempts at alienation
The Syrian Revolution’s Tenth Anniversary: The Autopsy of a Delayed Triumph2021-03-26T12:19:13+03:00
7 Mar, 2021

Kosovo and Israel: What is Behind their Mutual Recognition?

Harun Karcic | 07 March 2021 | TR

There has been a flurry of Israeli activity in the Balkan region over the past couple of years. The most recent example was the much publicized establishment of formal diplomatic ties between Israel and Kosovo, a Muslim-majority country
Kosovo and Israel: What is Behind their Mutual Recognition?2021-03-16T11:45:23+03:00
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