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As Israel is preparing for a new legislative election after its governing coalition disintegrated this month, this report introduces the key Israeli parties on the right, centre and left, and outlines the challenges and opportunities they will face in the upcoming election. Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit
The Sinai Peninsula represents a strategic depth for Egypt’s security concerns on its eastern border, spanning 6% of the country’s territory and containing a long border with Israel of over 200 kilometers. Sinai’s strategic importance lies in its overseeing of the Suez Canal. Lihi Ben Shitrit and Mahmoud Jaraba
The fight between the Kurds and ISIS has engendered some new trends in Kurdish politics in the Near East. These trends are likely to bear an impact on the course of Kurdish politics in the upcoming years.
Galip Dalay
This report highlights key 2014 developments in the Maghreb region, namely, in Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia, and looks forward at possible scenarios and factors that will impact the region's future geopolitical landscape.
Kamal Qsiyer

Judging by the timing, location and results of the 35th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Doha in December 2014, the leaders of the six GCC states seem to have set aside the internal disagreements that strained relations between them for much of 2014.
Dr. Jamal Abdullah
Beheadings and other attacks on journalists and aid workers in the Arab world will negatively impact and limit coverage in the region, reversing recent gains in giving a voice to previously-suppressed peoples in the region.
Thembisa Fakude
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
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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
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