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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…

The assault on Tripoli: Haftar’s military calculations and the political ramifications

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 09:12

Faced with a failed offensive and weakened political influence, Haftar may decide to focus his efforts on eastern Libya, which would give added impetus to partition and deepen existing divisions.

Turkish municipal elections: AKP victory tastes like defeat in major cities

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:54

Overall, the AKP’s vote share in the 30 biggest cities declined from 2014, continuing a trend seen first in the 2017 referendum. The reversal in AKP fortunes is most evident in Istanbul, often considered a micr…

The popular movement in Algeria: motivations and outcomes

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 07:56

By recognising the legitimacy of the protestors’ demands, praising their peaceful conduct, and offering piecemeal concessions, the Algerian regime hopes to defuse the protests or perhaps buy time to divide the…


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.


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).

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.

Nael M. Shama

Is An Independent Scholar And The Author Of Numerous Books, Book Chapters And Essays On The International Relations And Comparative Politics Of The Middle East.

Peter Bartu

Teaches Courses On Political Transitions The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict And The Gulf States In The Middle East At The University Of California, Berkeley. He Was A Member Of The UN’s Stand-By Mediation Team And Worked In Benghazi And Tripoli During The Libyan Revolution In 2011.

Zaki Shaikh

Is a Russia analyst and has a doctorate in Mass Communications and has worked with universities in three Central Asian states. In the past five years, he has made over fifty analytical contributions to media outlets in Europe.

Al Jazeera Centre for Studies

Established in 2006, Al Jazeera Centre for Studies conducts in-depth analysis of current affairs at both regional and global levels. Its research agenda focuses primarily on geo-politics and strategic developments in the Arab world and surrounding regions.