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Israel believed that the current climate in the Middle East region would enhance the possibility for success in its assault on Gaza, but the surprising resilience of the resistance will likely ensure that the battle’s outcome will be in the interests of both sides. Saleh Naami
Bashar al-Assad’s paramilitaries have been a key support for the regime as it attempts, for the fourth year in a row, to put down a popular uprising in Syria. This report outlines four key roles of these legitimate army units and examines their future in Syria. Malak Chabkoun
On 3 July Kurdish President Masoud Barazani hit the headlines by calling for a referendum on Kurdish independence. Unsurprisingly Kurdish political parties rallied behind this call, displaying a united front in the face of the evolving national crisis
Alison Pargeter
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

Traditionally, the populace used by the ballot box is based on a one man one vote electoral system to install governments of their choice to office. However, as the locus of power is moving from the majority representative governments to a fairly new power still to be defined.
Thembisa Fakude
A North Korean actions are often discussed in the media in ahistorical terms, ignoring historical memory and the complicated regional security environment. While the major players for the DPRK in the region are the US and China, its relations with Japan should not be ignored.
Samee Siddiqui
On 25 June 2013, an important political transition occurred in Qatar when the ruling emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, voluntarily relinquished power to his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. This report examines how this change in power has influenced Qatari foreign policy.
Dr. Jamal Abdullah and Nabil Al-Nasiri
A Sino-Russian gas deal for 30 years and $400 billion dollars was signed by Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin on 21 May 2014. The agreement surprised many international economic experts and prompted great speculation about the motive and calculation for both China and Russia.
Raymond Lee
Libya has geared itself up for elections to a new house of representatives that was held on 25 June. These elections appear to have offered the chance of a new beginning and the possibility of kick-starting the transition that has all but ground to a halt over the recent months.
Alison Pargeter
Over the past few decades, Afghanistan underwent several transformations. Nonetheless, 5 April 2014 was exceptional in that it marked the first ‘peaceful’ transition of power through electoral mean, with a second round due to be held on 14 June.
Safiullah Taye
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Results from India's May 12 elections are expected to be announced soon. These elections were the largest in the country's history and were largely influenced by domestic rather than foreign factors.
Emad Kaddoura
Kenya’s foreign policy since the ascension to power of the Jubilee coalition in March 2013 has been faced with serious ambiguity. This is attributed to the two cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC) facing President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.
Dr. Luke Obala
As LNG consumption is projected to increase over the next 10 years, there is a real opportunity for gas producing states to replace Russia in Europe’s energy mix. Qatar, the world’s global leader in LNG supply, is in an interesting position to move into Europe’s energy market.
Florence Gaub
The current crisis in the CAR began well before the Seleka coalition seized power in March 2013. The current security crisis is the culmination of a crisis dating back to the ten-year rule of General François Bozizé, combined with a socio-economic crisis that pre-dates his time in power.
Thierry Vircoulon
On 14 April 2014, a bomb-laden vehicle exploded at a crowded bus park in Nyanya, killing 71 people.. The leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the bombing. This report examines the Nyanya bombing, emphasising why the attack was carried out.
Dr Freedom C Onuoha
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