Features

 Arab Studies
This report is based on the results of a recent fact finding mission in Lebanon. The interlocutors we worked with included the heads of political parties, Members of Parliament, clergy, prominent figures from civil society and political parties and members of the security forces.
Manuela Paraipan
Amidst continuing violence, political instability and socioeconomic insecurity, Iraq stands at a crossroad with the next national elections scheduled for April 30, 2014. This will be the first legislative poll since the American withdrawal from the country in December 2011.
Myriam Benraad
 Gulf Studies
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have withdrawn their ambassadors from Doha in an unprecedented move since the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) establishment decades ago, announcing in a joint statement that their actions are a result of Qatar’s intervention in Gulf states’ internal affairs.
Dr. Jamal Abdullah
A Saudi media delegation visited AlJazeera Center for Studies on 20 February 2014.The delegation represented a number of the kingdom’s various press & broadcasting media outlets. The visit aimed to examine the experience of the center’s presence as a research organization working within the network.
Al Jazeera Center for Studies
 African Studies
The 21 September 2013 attack at the Westgate Premier Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has added to the growing concern over terrorism and transnational jihadism in Africa. The Somali-based Al-Shabaab, a group with ties to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Dr Freedom C. Onuoha
The economic & security challenges of the political crisis in Tunisia have become more acute.The opposition has taken advantage of the security problems to discredit the political process.While the governing troika is seeking to set a binding date for elections & the completion of the constitution.
Al Jazeera Center for Studies
 Asian Studies
This report identifies reasons for the clash between the Turkish government (Justice and Development Party or AKP) and the Fethullah Gülen movement with a focus on prep schools and addresses the consequences of this crisis on political life in Turkey, a country bracing for more than one election.
Mohammad Jaber Thalji
Turkey left behind its referendum-like local elections held on 30 March. According to unofficial results, the governing AKP received around 45.5% of the vote, whereas the main opposition Party (CHP), the (MHP), and the pro-Kurdish Peace & (BDP) respectively received 27.8, 15.2, and 6.1% of the vote.
Galip Dalay
 International Studies
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
John Kerry’s latest visit to Saudi Arabia came as a response to the rising tension between the US and the kingdom over USA policies in the region. The Saudis have been frustrated with American policies on Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Syria and is anxious about the new role of Iran in the region.
Dr. Ghassan Shabaneh