Features

 Arab Studies
After US occupation and Daesh's expansion in Iraq, the country is witnessing its first large-scale challenge to the Iraqi government’s consensus. Of significance is the internal split between Shia groups – namely, grassroots versus political elite – which has emerged over resource distribution.
Harith al-Hasan
The Syrian armed opposition’s gains, the regime’s eroding power and Daesh’s expansion in the country has produced opportunities and risks impacting parties to the conflict regionally and internationally. However, this has yet to translate into concrete change or an acceptable solution to all.
Al Jazeera Center for Studies
 Gulf Studies
The repercussions of a shaky nuclear deal between the P5+1with Iran on the Middle East are likely to accelerate the demise of the unipolar system in the Middle East and invite a dangerous imbalance of power between and among regional and aspiring global powers.
Dr. Ghassan Shabaneh
On 26 March 2015, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia formed a coalition that began ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ against the Houthi rebels in Yemen and their allies. The move was taken after Yemeni president, Abd Hadi, appealed to GCC states to ‘provide immediate support by all necessary means’.
Dr. Jamal Abdullah
 African Studies
This report highlights the causes of continued African immigration to South Africa, then explains the underlying reasons for the seemingly sudden violent backlash against African migrants in South Africa.
Thembisa Fakude
Kenya has been facing sustained terrorist attacks from the Somali organisation al-Shabab. This report questions Kenya’s reaction to terrorism and discusses how the government is tackling that challenge.
Thembisa Fakude
 Asian Studies
The article explains why the Uyghurs are under China's harsh restriction and analyzes the future policies the PRC will adopt and possible reactions from the Uyghur side. The recent rise of violent incidents in Xinjiang entailed Beijing to adopt austere regulation on Uyghur's religious right.
Raymond Lee
Turkish early elections are now a reality after all attempts by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a coalition government have failed. This paper examines reasons for this failure as well as the possible outcomes of early elections.
Al Jazeera Center for Studies
 International Studies
The United States is in need for a paradigm shift in the conduct of its foreign policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The prolonging of the conflict compromises American national security interest and tarnishes its credibility and prestige.
Dr. Ghassan Shabaneh
The massacre of 38 tourists on a beach in Sousse on 26 June 2015 sent shockwaves around Europe, bringing the threat of militant groups operating in North Africa ever closer to home. Given that the majority of the dead were British, the atrocity had a special resonance in the United Kingdom.
Alison Pargeter