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The Widening Scope of Russian–Iranian Coordination: Egypt Aligned

| Jan 30, 2015

On January 20, during the first visit by a Russian defence minister to Iran since 2002, Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu signed a memorandum of understanding with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Dehghan ...more

The rise of nations, with an Arabic twist

| Dec 19, 2014

In his classic book, Imagined Communities, the British professor Benedict Anderson writes that the age of nationalism is far from over. He argues that belonging to a nation bestows the highest level of legitimacy on our modern political life ...more

De Mistura’s Plan for Syria: Small Steps Running up Against Big Obstacles

| Dec 02, 2014

Special UN Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura is on a mission to mobilize international and regional support for his proposal to “freeze” conflict in various regions of Syria ...more

Tunisian Legislative Elections: A Vote Between the Revolution and the Old Regime

| Nov 24, 2014

Tunisia’s recent legislative elections signal major steps in the country’s process of democratic transition. The path to democracy was laid out by the Troika coalition ...more

The US and Turkey: Diverging Views on Syria

| Nov 18, 2014

The recent American-Turkish polarization over the handling of the situation in Kobane, the Kurdish town close to the Turkish border in northern Syria, is just the tip of the iceberg among a growing series of American-Turkish differences on a range of regional and domestic issues ...more

The Houthis Seize Sanaa: Implications

| Oct 07, 2014

The Yemeni capital woke up to a new political and military reality on September 21. Following fierce battles between Yemeni government troops and Houthi fighters ...more

The Syrian Dilemma: Assad and his Allies’ Response to the US-Led Intervention

| Sep 29, 2014

The US has officially started its military campaign against Islamist militant groups in Syria. Air strikes have been carried out by the US-led coalition ...more

Syria on Gaza: Incongruity in the Regime’s Resistance Discourse

| Sep 23, 2014

Operation “Protective Edge”, Israel’s offensive against Gaza that was launched on July 8, 2014 differed from “Pillar of Defense” launched at the end of 2012 ...more

The US and Iran Concur: Maliki Had to Go

| Sep 03, 2014

Nouri al-Maliki caved in to domestic and international pressure, and announced his abdication as prime minister. By stepping aside, Maliki has paved the way for the huge task ...more

Does Erdogan’s Victory Herald the Start of a New Era for Turkey?

| Aug 28, 2014

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent victory in the presidential elections on August 10 came as no surprise. In becoming the twelfth president of the Turkish republic ...more

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