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Nearly two weeks into Operation Decisive Storm, it has become imperative to re-examine the Saudi-led operation's goals, their feasibility and regional implications of the attacks.
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During the last years of the late King Abdullah’s reign, Iran exploited tension in Saudi Arabia and expanded its regional influence. However, it seems that the current monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, is determined to confront Iran by revamping alliances damaged by previous policies.
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The implications of the military strikes launched by Saudi Arabia in collaboration with ten other countries against the Houthis in Yemen last night have several implications for the participating coalition, for Yemen, for the region at large and for other international players.
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Responding to the execution of Egyptian Copts in Libya, the Egyptian government launched air strikes on the Libyan city of Darna, killing and wounding numerous civilians. The Egyptian government’s response was hasty and ill-advised, drawing regional and international disapproval.
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Daesh’s expansion has refocused the attention of regional and international powers that supported the Syrian Revolution, meaning the goal of toppling Assad has been put on hold. The US is even coordinating with the regime, causing the regime to state it is benefiting from coalition attacks on Syria.
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This position paper addresses current challenges to successful UN-brokered Libyan dialogue as well as factors that could force all warring parties to finally come to consensus on the best solution to achieve stability in their country.
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On the fourth anniversary of Egypt’s 25 January Revolution, all the country has to show is the regime’s failure to forcibly impose stability and opposition protests using new tactics that further cripple the state’s ability to tighten its grip on the country.
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Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s resignation has completely tipped the political scales in Yemen. This paper argues that the powers that forced him to resign are now politically compromised, while those who continue to view him as the legitimate president are in a stronger bargaining position.
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The Saudi-Iran showdown is playing out in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. The oil price drop is the latest point of contention, but the reality is several regional issues predate it. Iran’s continued regional expansion means that Saudi will face larger challenges in rectifying Arab relations.
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Sinai’s new buffer zone is strongly linked to Israeli-US demands, but the area is slated to remain a source of concern and challenge to Egyptian authorities should they maintain their current, seemingly-misguided approach to addressing that concern and containing the consequences.
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The US’ strategy in the war on the Islamic State (IS) is riddled with gaps and ignores Obama’s promises to pull out of the Arab world. These gaps will widen as the war drags on, particularly if American airstrikes cause further civilian casualties and fuel fighting among Syrian opposition factions.
Al Jazeera Center for Studies
Yemen’s Houthi movement operates on three levels: political participation in the national dialogue, military conquests and popular mobilisation to adjust the balance of power in Sana’a’s central authority. However, this approach may be nudging Yemen toward civil war.
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In Egypt, both the regime and political opposition are in crisis. The regime has squandered precious resources from its foreign allies, resorting to excessive securitisation, while the opposition launched a second revolutionary wave that has produced few tangible results in the past year.
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