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Libya: State-Building Challenges Three Years after the Revolution

| Mar 01, 2014

On February 14, 2014, Brigadier Khalifa Haftar, former general commander of the Libyan land forces, issued a statement that came to be viewed as a “televised coup” ...more

Outcomes of Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference: A Step toward Conflict Resolution and State Building?

| Feb 28, 2014

Although Yemen’s February 11 revolution aimed to oust the old, corrupt regime and establish a new one, the traditional political and societal elites succeeded in diverting the course ...more

Syria: A Way of Suffering to Freedom, A Foray into Current History

| Feb 17, 2014

Azmi Bishara’s recent book Syria: A Way of Suffering to Freedom, A Foray into Current History is the most comprehensive book to date on the Syrian Revolution. Covering the two-year period between March ...more

Tunisia’s Second Republic

| Feb 17, 2014

Three years after its revolution sparked the Arab Spring, and following political and security upheavals that nearly nullified its achievements, Tunisia succeeded in peacefully declaring the birth of its second republic ...more

Confrontation with ISIS launched on the threshold of Geneva

| Feb 16, 2014

Violent clashes between Syrian opposition factions and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) broke out in early January in different areas of northern Syria. The clashes followed ISIS’s ...more

Geneva II: In the Run-Up to Round II, what did Round I Achieve?[1]

| Feb 16, 2014

Following nine days of talks, the first round of the Geneva II conference ended with little progress toward solving Syria’s political crisis. On February 10, 2014, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi announced ...more

The Aim of the “Framework Agreement” is to Extend Negotiations

| Feb 12, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s tenth trip to the region since taking office in February 2013 marks an effort to mobilize support for pressuring the Palestinian Authority to sign the “framework agreement” ...more

Egypt: A Comparison between the 2012 and 2014 Constitutions

| Jan 28, 2014

With the constitutional referendum currently taking place, Egyptians have never been more polarized. As with the struggle accompanying the writing of the 2012 Egyptian ...more

The Conflict in South Sudan: Background and Likely Consequences

| Jan 28, 2014

On December 15, 2013, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit announced that an attempted coup had been staged by his dismissed vice president Riek Machar and some of his supporters ...more

The Islamic Front: An Experimental Union of the Largest Military Factions in Syria

| Jan 24, 2014

On November 22, 2013, in the largest merge since the beginning of the Syrian revolution, seven Islamic military factions announced the establishment of “The Islamic Front” ...more

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