Features

 Arab Studies
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
Tunisia's first legislative elections under its new constitution will take place 26 October 2014. This report analyses the context of the election, contenders, likely outcomes of the elections and implications for Tunisia's polity.
Dr. Abdul Latif al-Hanachi
 Gulf Studies
AlJazeera Centre for Studies’ latest book, Qatar’s Foreign Policy 1995 – 2013: Leverages and Strategies, was authored by Dr. Jamal Abdullah and released May 2014. It analyses Qatar’s foreign policy during the reign of Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani from 1995 to 2013.
Al Jazeera Center for Studies
The Gulf in a Changing Strategic Context examines the impact of regional and international developments, such as the Arab Spring, on Gulf states. Contributors to this book published by AJCS weigh international, regional and local variables on an individual and collective (GCC) basis.
Al Jazeera Center for Studies
 African Studies
The abduction of 230 schoolgirls by Boko Haram sparked international outrage. Although much of the rage was directed at the armed group that has terrorized Nigeria for years,the Nigerian government was also criticized for its inability to protect its own citizens,and the poor response to the crisis.
Azad Essa
After decades of regional instability, recent clashes in northern Mali’s Kidal and Azawad areas were inevitable. Further aggravating the conflict is the regional and international community’s continued symptomatic rather than diagnostic approach to handling the instability.
Al Jazeera Center for Studies
 Asian Studies
Turkey's August 2014 presidential election may bring change to the very core of the Turkish political structure, making it historic on a number of levels. This report analyses the results and their future implications on the country's political landscape.
Ali Hussein Bakeer
Japanese embrace of collective self-defence should be seen in the context of increasing unease over rising Chinese military power and assertiveness in East Asia. While Shinzo Abe’s move has been met by nationwide protests and disapproval from Beijing.
Samee Siddiqui
 International Studies
The perceived growth of political Islam and Islamist extremism throughout the world has recently led to a rethinking of foreign policy in many Western countries. Intensifying upheaval caused by terrorism from Nigeria to Yemen, and from Afghanistan to Iraq, has placed Muslims and Islam.
Karina Fayzullina
This report seeks to highlight the rising tension between Western governments and Russia over the latter’s conflict with the Ukraine. Specific to Ukrainisation is the return of ‘Cold-War’-type posturing and rivalry marked by mutual distrust.
Karina Fayzullina