Features

 Arab Studies
Libya’s troubled transition has taken another turn for the worse with serious and sustained violence blighting both Tripoli and Benghazi. Although the battle has been raging in the east since May 2014, it is the conflict in the capital that has all but brought the country to its knees.
Alison Pargeter
A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian resistance forces has not proven successful in generating a permanent solution to end the fighting. This paper addresses why Netanyahu went to war, how the war has failed and why this failure has also become Egypt’s failure.
Al Jazeera Center for Studies
 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
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
This report explains the current crisis in Ukraine by looking at Russia’s strategic aims in invading and annexing Crimea. The political, strategic, historical and cultural significance of Crimea are explored in order to explain the European security implications of Russia’s behaviour in Ukraine.
George Visan