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U.S Policy towards Iran : How Will the Islamic Republic Face the New Sanctions?

By  Serge Awad & Ramy Jabbour Since the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, U.S foreign policy towards Iran has changed radically. The Trump administration rejected the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the “Iran nuclear deal”, signed by the Obama administration in 2015. On May 8 […]

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Exporting the Revolution: Iran’s Sectarian Tactics and the Rise of Afghan and Pakistani Shia Militias

A bullet ridden painting of Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, the late founder or Iran’s Islamic Republic. Source: Getty Iran and its growing number of loyalists are out to remake the Middle East. Its influence extending through a growing network loyal regimes, political parties and militias, Tehran now holds sway over an increasingly large portion of the […]

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Syria’s Shifting Sands: Demographic Engineering and Refugee Return

When Syrian refugees first began arriving in 2011, Lebanon was welcoming, as it was assumed that the crisis would be brief and that refugees would soon be able to return home. However as the war became increasingly protracted and refugee numbers increased dramatically, the patience of host communities began to wear thin. Now, seven years […]

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القانون 10 والمراسيم السابقة: أداة تغيير ديمغرافي واقتصادي بحجة إعادة الاعمار

ما هو القانون رقم 10؟ ينص القانون رقم 10 على إنشاء وحدات إدارية محلية في كل منطقة من المناطق التي يسيطر عليها النظام السوري والتي ستكون مسؤولة عن جهود إعادة الإعمار. لا يحدد القانون أي معيار لتصنيف المناطق كمواقع لإعادة الاعمار. بدلاً عن ذلك، سيتم تعيين مناطق إعادة الاعمار بمرسوم. بعد أسبوعٍ واحد من صدور […]

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Stability in the Midst of Chaos: Jordan’s Evolving Refugee Policies, 2012-2016

Immediately after its independence, Jordan received an influx of Palestinian refugees, soon followed by refugees from conflicts throughout Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Jordan is seen as a refugee haven and relies on the international aid community. This essay focuses on the contemporary refugee crisis in Jordan to best understand why […]

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The EU’s role and limits in the achievement of a Two-State Solution and the Differentiation Strategy

In an attempt to maintain their legitimacy through International Law compliance, the European Union has continued to support the parameters of the Oslo Agreement and a Two-State Solution. However, by doing so, it has failed to adjust to the changing realities on the ground and half-measures designed to ensure the geopolitical readiness of the East […]

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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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