Features

 Arab Studies
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.
AlJazeera Centre for 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
 Gulf Studies
Soon after Qatar’s current Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, came to power, a series of substantive changes in the Arab region reshaped the geopolitical landscape and regional power balances, impacting Qatari foreign policy at both the regional and international levels.
Dr Jamal Abdullah
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
 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
The Umbrella Movement’s activism has implications for Hong Kong's future and tests China’s commitment to its political promise of "One Country, Two Systems". What are the issues and actors that have driven Hong Kong’s protest movement?
Raymond Lee
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
 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