Policy Briefs

The French initiative: technocratic fixes for Lebanon’s chronic crises

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 10:30

Major Lebanese factions are urgently trying to fulfill French demands for the formation of a technocratic government that opens the door for international aids and alleviates public anger and increasing foreign isolation.

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The fourth coup: Mali between peaceful transition and security vacuum

Sun, 08/30/2020 - 11:47

A group of Malian soldiers overthrew President Keita and formed a committee to lead the country. This was welcomed internally and denounced externally. However, their mission now faces domestic and foreign pres…

The Israeli-Emirati peace agreement: ambiguous and fragile

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 18:24

The most likely scenario is for the UAE to take advantage of the agreement in areas such as advanced technology, weapons acquisitions and intelligence cooperation, as well as agriculture and health while avoidi…

The Sirte-Jufra line: a front in the war or the basis of negotiations?

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 22:55

Although all indications are that most of the principal players favour a political resolution, the military situation will remain volatile as long as Haftar’s forces are in Sirte and remain in control of the ec…

The Mechichi government: Will it resolve the Tunisian crisis or deepen it?

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 21:17

Tunisian President Kais Saied tapped Hichem Mechichi to form a new government, following the resignation of Prime Minister Elyas Fakhfakh, whose government lasted a brief, though stormy, five months marred by a…

Moment of truth: Mali teeters between President Keïta and the protest movement

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 16:04

President Keïta is currently facing a mass movement demanding he step down. Decrying rampant corruption, election rigging, a collapsing economy and rising unemployment, a lack of security, and ethnic conflict,…

States within the state: Kadhimi’s challenge is to bring Shia militias under control

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 20:02

The security crisis facing the Kadhimi government and the Iraqi state is a major obstacle to stability and economic development in Iraq, representing a significant drain on the country’s resources and capacitie…


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…


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).

Arhama Siddiqa

Arhama Siddiqa is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies

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.