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Kenya has been facing sustained terrorist attacks from the Somali organisation al-Shabab. This report questions Kenya’s reaction to terrorism and discusses how the government is tackling that challenge. Thembisa Fakude
On 26 March 2015, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia formed a coalition that began ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ against the Houthi rebels in Yemen and their allies. The move was taken after Yemeni president, Abd Hadi, appealed to GCC states to ‘provide immediate support by all necessary means’. Dr. Jamal Abdullah
The pace and nature of developments in Turkey’s Kurdish peace process continues to attract the interest of observers as well as the general public. Despite President Erdogan’s criticism, the announcement of (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan’s ten point letter was an important moment in the process.
Galip Dalay
This report offers a brief background on Nigeria's new incoming president, 72-year-old Muhammadu Buhari, and the challenges he faces as Nigeria embarks on the path of political and economic recovery.
Thembisa Fakude

Saudi-led coalition acted strongly by launching Operation Decisive Storm to affirm the establishment of a new regional order in the Arab world.The coalition acted to deter Iran,stabilize Yemen, unite as many Arab countries as possible in light of the United States'gradual withdrawal from the region.
Dr. Ghassan Shabaneh
With the city of Idlib now completely liberated by pro-revolution forces, including Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra, there are risks of the city descending into chaos should opposition forces, the Etilaf and the international community fail to take the necessary precautions.
Malak Chabkoun
This report reviews expected scenarios post-Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei and provides a list of the most prominent candidates which could succeed him, as well as their weaknesses and strengths.
Dr. Fatima AlSmadi
In the last one year, Nigeria has witnessed increasing feminisation of terror by Boko Haram in two paradoxical ways - involving young girls as both the victims and vanguards of terror.
Freedom C. Onuoha and Temilola A. George
Tunisia’s democratic consolidation will be at risk should civil society organisations (CSOs), donors and the state fail to address the responsibilities that come with foreign funding. This report is based on the author’s fieldwork in Tunisia last year.
Malak Chabkoun
As the forthcoming presidential election in Nigeria has been delayed by Nigeria’s Electoral Commission to March 28, 2015, this report looks at the state of the country’s political economy affected by the fight against the terror organization, Boko Haram, and the two main candidates'.
Benjamin Augé
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In his recent visit to the United States, Emir Tamim bin Hammad Al Thani emphasised Qatar's deep commitment to peace and stability in the region and offered his vision to assist in attaining it.
Dr. Jamal Abdullah and Dr. Ghassan Shabaneh
The current rivalry in Kurdish politics is taking place along two axes: on the regional setting between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Kurdistan Worker Party (PKK), and within the context of the KRG between the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
Galip Dalay
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
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