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Lebanon Update-April 2018

Post Parliamentarian Elections: LF Isolation? In the recent period, talks began in the political corridors about the post-elections political environment and the formation of the next Lebanese government. This discussion is linked to the relations between the various political forces. Over the past year, the Lebanese Forces (LF) representatives in the Parliament and in the […]

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نهاية الأحلام الكردية: ماذا بعد عفرين؟

تجري رياح المعارك الأخيرة شمال سوريا على ما لا تتمناه سفن القوى والميليشات الكردية. سيطرت تركيا على مدينة عفرين وريفها بعد معارك استمرت لأكثر من شهر تخللها قتال تراجعي للأكراد، وزحف متأني ومتوسط السرعة للجيش التركي والميليشيات السورية المرافقة له. أما اليوم، فتتحضر القوى المهاجِمة لتحقيق المزيد من السيطرة والتوسع، وتسعى إلى تحطيم حلم الأكراد […]

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The Detrimental Geopolitical Significance of “Regularisation” Laws in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

After President Trump’s investiture influential figures within Netanyahu’s Government such as Ayelet Shaked, Naftali Bennett or Bezalel Smotrich have found the leeway to push for a normalisation and regularisation of the West Bank Settlements and Outposts. The Regularisation Law is a prominent example of this as it allows the annexation of the Palestinian privately owned […]

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Yemen’s Region of Al-Mahra at the intersection of Interests and Competitions

Al-Mahra province, in the eastern part of Yemen, has become a regional battleground for influence between the different actors in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has stepped up its military, civil, political and social efforts to consolidate its power in the eastern province. Al-Mahra, the eastern gateway to Yemen, is an exception in Oman’s policy, having historical […]

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Lebanon Update – March 2018

Border Escalation between Lebanon and Israel Tensions rose on the southern border of Lebanon after Hezbollah threatened to target Israel’s Mediterranean natural gas. Lebanon has an ongoing dispute with Israel over defining the gas-rich exclusive economic zone. Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also warned Tel Aviv that the group would retaliate against any Israeli […]

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Envisioning the Future of the Middle East & Its Implications on Europe’s Security & Foreign Policy

“The future of the Middle East and its impact on Europe security and Foreign Policy”, a joint conference at the Lebanese Forces Headquarters in Maarab with Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies (WMCES) and the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS). Interesting discussions with WMCES President Mikulas Dzurinda and Political Director Roland Freundestein, […]

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The New Israel: Netanyahu’s Transformational Strategies

The gatekeepers of the “democratic old Israel” are engaged in a fierce battle against the Israeli Prime minister’s vision for the future of the Jewish state. Although he is challenged by the corruption scandals putting his government at stake, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is successfully building the “new Israel” by heading the right-wing government […]

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صناعة هوية: فهم تركيا من خلال مسلسلاتها التاريخية

لا تكفي النظريات والتحليلات السياسية لفهم سياسات بلد ما. هذه الاختصاصات العلمية ضرورية بطبيعة الحال، إلا أن الاعتماد عليها حصراً ينتج قصوراً في فهم هوية الشعوب وسياسات الدول البارزة في عالم اليوم. وعلى عكس البلاد الراقدة في “روتينها” السياسي، تبرز الإحاطة بكل جوانب “صنع الهوية” ضرورية لفهم الشعوب الحيوية ونظرتها إلى نفسها وإلى الآخرين، ثم […]

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US-Turkish Relationship: A Quest for Holy MacGuffin?

The election of Donald Trump had perked up Turkey’s hope for a more favorable engagement with the United States after a difficult and rancorous relationship with the Obama administration. Turkey’s president Erdogan, like many other heavy-handed leaders, thought that Trump’s ‘America First’ policy would spare him the US pontification on human rights violations that he […]

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