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The rise of ISIS has brought Kurdish politics under the international spotlight, attracting unprecedented levels of interest and scrutiny from foreign diplomats, security establishments, international observers, and experts. Galip Dalay
The creation of the TPP without China underlines the changing relationship between Beijing and Washington. It brings significant challenges to the Chinese economy and politics but also presents profound opportunities for China’s much needed sociopolitical reforms. Fei-Ling Wang
The arrival of King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the top of the power pyramid in Saudi Arabia was a turning point in events in the Middle East. There was a general perception inside and outside Saudi Arabia that the era of King Salman would break away from the old era.
Mansour Almarzoqi
This report presents key findings from an opinion poll conducted by AlJazeera Centre of Studies with a representative sample of Arab elites on the topic, "Arab Elites' Attitudes Toward Arab-Iranian Relations and Iran's Role in the Region".
Lead Researcher: Dr. Fatima al-Smadi

The DRC remains unstable 50 years after independence. Just like at independence, the country is fractured along ethnic lines and has witnessed sustained conflicts. The conflicts are largely a result of poor leadership, struggle for citizenship, resource competition.
Luke M. Obala
The attacks that hit the city of Paris on 13 Nov 2015 stirred up the entire French population. One hundred and thirty people died in a wave of terrorism that constitutes the worst attack experienced by the country since the Second World War’s end. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Nabil Ennasri
Amid renewed calls for a more robust U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State group in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, the Afghan war is moving into its fifteenth year without any end in sight.
Sigurd Neubauer and Erik Brattberg
For more than 20 years, the EU has structured its own pragmatic interests in Central Asia in security and economic terms. However, the EU hardly has the means to back its ambitions.
Sebastien Peyrouse
Germany is politically and financially very important to Europe and consequently it cannot escape its leadership incumbency. Germany’s leading role in dealing with the current refugee crisis will come as no surprise.Although Germany has always suffered from stigmatisation due to its role in 2nd WW.
Thembisa Fakude
Japan is the world’s third largest economy,but it lacks the natural resources necessary to sustain its industrial development.In contrast,economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council states are largely dependent on energy export revenues.Such are the facts behind the expansion of Gulf–Japanes relations
Dr. Jamal Abdullah and Dr. Naser al-Tamimi
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In less than 5 months, Turkey is once again going to the ballot box for a fateful election on 1 November. The time span is too short to expect a major change in the electoral outcome of the upcoming election in comparison to the results of the 7 June election.
Galip Dalay
The Russian military intervention in Syria came as a reaction to four changing power dynamics in the Middle East. Operation Decisive Storm and the Salaman Doctrine, the Turkish military intervention in northern Syria, the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1.
Dr. Ghassan Shabaneh
This report discusses “the Azerbaijan model” of coexistence and religious pluralism, as well as the challenges faced by the country in terms of building a national identity that is both secular and respective of religious diversity at once.
Dr. Fatima Al-Smadi
This report examines Daraa province's specificity in the Syrian revolution, maps southern Syria's armed opposition and explains the Jordan-based Military Operations Center's (MOC) role in battles in the south of Syria.
Osama al-Koshak
British politics has experienced multiple shocks over the last year.Defying all the opinion polls,the Conservative party achieved a majority in the May 2015 general elections.But the shock of shocks was the election on 12 Sep of the veteran hard-left Labour MP,Jeremy Corbyn to lead the Labour party.
Chris Doyle
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