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Amidst continuing violence, political instability and socioeconomic insecurity, Iraq stands at a crossroad with the next national elections scheduled for April 30, 2014. This will be the first legislative poll since the American withdrawal from the country in December 2011. Myriam Benraad
Turkey left behind its referendum-like local elections held on 30 March. According to unofficial results, the governing AKP received around 45.5% of the vote, whereas the main opposition Party (CHP), the (MHP), and the pro-Kurdish Peace & (BDP) respectively received 27.8, 15.2, and 6.1% of the vote. Galip Dalay
CHP was founded in Turkey as a single party state where governors served as the party’s local organisation chiefs, making the party and the state almost synonymous. Following Atatürk’s death in 1938, inonü assumed the party’s leadership. His main objective was to maintain the integrity of the party.
Koray Caliskan
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have withdrawn their ambassadors from Doha in an unprecedented move since the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) establishment decades ago, announcing in a joint statement that their actions are a result of Qatar’s intervention in Gulf states’ internal affairs.
Dr. Jamal Abdullah

While the Nour party may have initially gained much power from their decision to side with the military, it has now forced the party to make considerable concessions, caused fractures within its ranks, and come at the expense of much of its grassroots support.
Kristen McTighe
Turkey’s ongoing power struggle between the governing AK Party and the Gülen Movement has been exacerbated by the parties’ different conceptualisations of the Kurdish issue and methods of its settlement. These differences have impacted the course of the Kurdish peace process.
Galip Dalay
This report explains the current crisis in Ukraine by looking at Russia’s strategic aims in invading and annexing Crimea. The political, strategic, historical and cultural significance of Crimea are explored in order to explain the European security implications of Russia’s behaviour in Ukraine.
George Visan
This report illustrates the main aspects of Han nationalism and explains its recent growth. The analysis shows that Beijing intends to promote Han nationalism to resolve problems of political legitimacy during the transition process of power under Xi's new leadership.
Raymond Lee
This report offers a multifaceted explanation,suggesting that the recent Xinjiang unrest reflects the upsurge of social problems in a fast-changing society with interest conflicts along ethnic lines&short-term causes related to the rise of Islamic activism that clashes with China's security measures
Raymond Lee
The report is about women’s rights and social problems in Turkey.It focuses on the legal,institutional and political developments from a historical perspective and concludes that although Turkey has made some progress,it is only a partial success as women in Turkey continue to face numerous problems
Esra Hatipoglu
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This report identifies reasons for the clash between the Turkish government (Justice and Development Party or AKP) and the Fethullah Gülen movement with a focus on prep schools and addresses the consequences of this crisis on political life in Turkey, a country bracing for more than one election.
Mohammad Jaber Thalji
Based on the results of a field study conducted by the author in Afghanistan, this report is the second in a series and examines attitudes and opinions of Afghan groups on the upcoming withdrawal of US troops from the country as well as the proposed security pact between the two countries.
Dr. Fatima Al-Smadi
In September 2012, when Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected as the President of the Somali Federal Government (SFG), the expectations were high. Nearly a year and half into his four-year term, President Mohamud’s performance has had mixed results. Achievements are fewer than anticipated.
Abdirahman Yusuf Ali
Oman’s mediator role between Iran and the US resulting in the Geneva agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 states and Oman's outright rejection of a GCC Union has amplified resentment towards the country from fellow Gulf nations.
Basma Mubarak Saeed
This report explains the failure of Turkey’s politics of assimilation, repression and containment used until the late 1990s against the Kurds, and the shift towards politics of ‘soft’ recognition at the turn of the new millennium, including Kurdish responses and opening to it.
Mesut Yegen
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