• Al-Kadhimi’s Quest for Balance in Foreign Policy

    OPINION

    After the military presence of the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq was eradicated, some foreign policy openings were developed in the country in order to attain social consensus. The visits by Haider al-Abadi, former prime minister of Iraq, to Saudi...

  • Algeria: Political Anxiety and Youth Mobility

    OPINION

    On Feb. 22, 2019, millions of youth took to the largest cities’ streets across Algeria. They gathered together to denounce the fifth-term charade of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Their slogan was "enough is enough!" An...

  • Tunisia: Battle of Ideas between Animosity and Polity

    OPINION

    Tunisia’s political scene is witnessing a revolution that neither the deep state nor the secular intelligentsia saw coming. The al-Nahdha party has been in the forefront of Tunisian politics, either in governing the country or being a...

  • How much threat do the Iran-backed militias in Syria pose to Turkey?

    OPINION

    The strongest reaction to Turkey giving signals of an operation against PKK elements in Sinjar and its surroundings came from the Iran-backed sectarian militias in the region. Threat messages by Harakat Hezbollah Al-Nujaba and Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq...

  • Insecurity in Southern Syria: Tracking Daraa, Quneitra and Suwayda (January – February 2021)

    POLICY BRIEF

    The Syrian regime forces took control of the governorates of Daraa and Quneitra in the summer of 2018 after reaching a reconciliation agreement allowing opposition fighters to remain inside their areas and join the forces of the Fifth Corps. This...

  • Structural Transformation Pressures Intensify Intra-Gulf Economic Competition

    OPINION

    It has long been argued that the model of the economy, politics, security, and foreign policy built by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries on the revenues from the sale of oil and natural gas is unsustainable in its current form in...

  • The Turkish-Egyptian Rapprochement: Prospects for the Future

    OPINION

    Following the release of numerous statements in the last couple of weeks by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Turkey’s Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın regarding possible talks with Egypt on cooperation, Turkey an...

  • The Syrian Regime is on Trial: The Koblenz Court Process

    OPINION

    It has been a decade since the protests in Syria began. During this period, more than half a million Syrians lost their lives, many more were injured, and millions more suffered. While the human tragedy is beginning to come to light in all its...

  • The Pope’s Visit to Iraq and Turkmens

    OPINION

    The historical visit by Pope Francis to Iraq that started on March 5, 2021 covered five governorates of Iraq, Baghdad, Najaf, Dhi Qar, Mosul and Arbil. Concluded in Arbil on March 7, 2021, its nature and consequences have led to significant...

Opinion See All

Al-Kadhimi’s Quest for Balance in Foreign Policy

After the military presence of the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq was eradicated, some foreign policy openings were developed in the country in...

Algeria: Political Anxiety and Youth Mobility

On Feb. 22, 2019, millions of youth took to the largest cities’ streets across Algeria. They gathered together to denounce the fifth-term...

Tunisia: Battle of Ideas between Animosity and Polity

Tunisia’s political scene is witnessing a revolution that neither the deep state nor the secular intelligentsia saw coming. The al-Nahdha...

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Insecurity in Southern Syria: Tracking Daraa, Quneitra and Suwayda (January – February 2021)

The Syrian regime forces took control of the governorates of Daraa and Quneitra in the summer of 2018 after reaching a reconciliation agreement...

Is it Possible for Iraq to Normalize Relations with Israel?

US President Donald Trump who followed pro-Israeli policies in the Middle East after taking office in 2017, displayed intense diplomatic...

Recent French Interventions in the Sahel

In an effort to establish law and order in Mali, President Macron, like his predecessor President Hollande, recently wore the military uniform and...

Analysis See All

The Far-Right in Europe: The PEGIDA Case as a Transnational Movement

After the Second World War, a new order was established in Western Europe with the support of the USA, the leader of the Western side of the Cold...

A Review of 2020 and Expectations From 2021: KRG

The year 2020 added new problems to the ongoing problems of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) that had been started in previous years....

Iraq Assessment 2020: Foreign Policy and Expectations for 2021

Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who became the fifth Prime Minister of Iraq in the post-2005 period, after forming the government on May 6, 2020, showed that...