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For the last fifteen years, Somali governments and the international community have faced multiple security and legal challenges in addressing the inter-related issues of piracy in the high seas, the declaration of the Exclusive Economic Zone, and illegal fishing in Somalia’s waters. Dr. Afyare Elmi & Dr. Ladan Affi
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
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
Tunisia's first legislative elections under its new constitution will take place 26 October 2014. This report analyses the context of the election, contenders, likely outcomes of the elections and implications for Tunisia's polity.
Dr. Abdul Latif al-Hanachi

Iran cannot help but take developments in Iraq seriously, because there are indications that these developments will impact Iran's political and security strategy in the neighbouring country. This report analyses Iran's perceived threats and opportunities arising from changes in Iraq.
Dr. Fatima al-Smadi
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
The 9 September 2014 attacks on Ahrar al-Sham Brigade leaders could have implications for “moderate Islamist” movements fighting the Assad regime. This report gives some background on the group, analyses likely culprits and discusses wider implications of the attack.
Malak Chabkoun
The recent Israeli aggression against Gaza calls to question three fundamental principles related to the establishment of the state of Israel. The use of force has created dissent among its hard core supporters and paved the ground for global institutions to question its true objectives and vision.
Ghassan Shabaneh
Like his predecessors, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is reverting to the twin strategy of use of economic liberalization and coercion against religious extremism as devices to delay democratisation in Egypt.
Emad El-Din Shahin
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
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Libya’s troubled transition has taken another turn for the worse with serious and sustained violence blighting both Tripoli and Benghazi. Although the battle has been raging in the east since May 2014, it is the conflict in the capital that has all but brought the country to its knees.
Alison Pargeter
Japanese embrace of collective self-defence should be seen in the context of increasing unease over rising Chinese military power and assertiveness in East Asia. While Shinzo Abe’s move has been met by nationwide protests and disapproval from Beijing.
Samee Siddiqui
In the past, the KSA has been reluctant to receive any high-ranking Iranian officials, despite Iran’s persistent efforts to secure a meeting. However, in May 2014, the KSA's foreign minister announced their invitation to the Iranian foreign minister, signalling a strategic foreign policy shift.
Mansour al-Marzoqi al-Bogami
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
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
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