Policy Briefs

An Advance Line of Defense: Moscow’s Objectives in Libya

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 20:26

Moscow is escalating its undisclosed intervention in Libya to set up an advanced line of defence in the Mediterranean but the chances of its success are uncertain due to the nature of the NATO’s potential countermeasures and the political legitimacy that Russia’s Libyan partners will gain.

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Popular Protests in Iraq: The Short- and Long-Term Repercussions

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 10:58

The protests, which began in early October, represent a popular rejection of the policies pursued by all Iraqi governments since 2003, which the protestors say have impoverished Iraqis, fomented ethnic and sect…

The Future of IS after Baghdadi

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 08:35

IS will face problems filling the vacuum left by Baghdadi and maintaining cohesion. It could also be weakened by internal factionalism or sustained pressure by the powers that seek to eradicate it.

Lebanese protests: cross-communal rage

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 06:21

Lebanon is witnessing protests that are unprecedented in size, reach and their surpassing of sectarian boundaries; and partial reforms and repeated warnings have been unable to stop or undermine them.

Redrawing the Turkish political map

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 10:58

However the partisan drama plays out, developments suggest Turkey is entering a new era of political fragmentation, leaving behind a relatively long period of political and partisan stability ushered in by the…

Two-pronged approaches: considerations in the US-Iran showdown

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 10:49

Although both the United States and Iran say they do not want a direct military confrontation, such escalation by the United States necessarily invites an Iranian response, particularly since Tehran is butting…

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What Comes after the Pandemic?: Predicting the World to Come*

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 08:00

There is no doubt that it is a terrible pandemic, but it seems that modern humans have yet to gain the level of wisdom necessary to see through to the catastrophic consequences of their way of life, organizatio…

Popular Protests in Iraq: The Short- and Long-Term Repercussions

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 10:58

The protests, which began in early October, represent a popular rejection of the policies pursued by all Iraqi governments since 2003, which the protestors say have impoverished Iraqis, fomented ethnic and sect…

Authors

Ali Akbar Dareini

Researcher and writer at the journal of the Center for Strategic Studies in Tehran. Dareini is the author of “Legitimate Deterrence”.

Anwar A. Bashir

Anwar Abdifatah Bashir is a freelance Journalist, Horn of Africa geopolitics analyst, and the author of four books. He focuses in his research on global governance and political economy at Korea Development Institute (KDI).

Barry Eichengreen

George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. His recent books include “The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era…

James M. Dorsey

An award-winning journalist and a senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He is also an adjunct senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute and co-director of the University of…

Jean-Pierre Cabestan

Professor of Political Science, Hong Kong Baptist University, and He is also senior research fellow in France's National Center for Scientific Research. One of his recent books is “China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship?” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2019). 

Jennifer Nicoll Victor

Associate Professor of Political Science at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, Washington DC.

Mark N. Katz

is a professor of government and politics at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

Mohammed Issam Laaroussi

Professor of International Relations, Morocco.