A Thick Cloud in the US-Iran Climate

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:06

Neither Iran nor the United States want a full-fledged military war but the Trump administration’s campaign of “maximum pressure” and Soleimani’s assassination mean the two foes remain on collision course.

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Uzbekistan’s New Parliament: Real Reform or Just the Will of the ‘President’s Men’?

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 12:35

Many Uzbek voters remain cynical about the December 22, 2019 ballots, which could not pave the way toward real political reform. Sceptics and supporters alike are unsure whether the new legislators would manage…

The New Arab Uprisings: How the 2019 trajectory differs from the 2011 legacy? (Part 2)

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 12:13

In 2019, the Middle East seems beset by conflict, chaotic politics and dysfunctional economies. However, the mood of the people in Algeria, Sudan, Lebanon and Iraq is more defiant. Not since 2011 have we seen s…

The New Arab Uprisings: How the 2019 trajectory differs from the 2011 legacy? (Part 1)

Sun, 01/05/2020 - 17:33

In 2019,the Middle East seems beset by conflict, chaotic politics and dysfunctional economies.However, the mood of the people in Algeria,Sudan,Lebanon and Iraq is more defiant.Not since 2011 have we seen such p…

The Geopolitics of a Latent International Conflict in Eastern Mediterranean

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 18:35

The conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean is dormant but could flare up at any moment, with serious consequences for North Africa, West Asia and Southern Europe. The militarization of the region and deep-rooted…

The Politics of Peace: The Collapse and Resumption of US-Taliban Peace Talks

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 11:48

Any renewed talks, as Trump hopes with Taliban, should consider developing a comprehensive regional agreement with Pakistan, Russia, China, and India with an objective of regional stability as it has profound i…

After Trump’s Neo-Realism:The Securitarian Imagination and The Future of The Republican Party (Part 2)

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 11:55

The beacons of American leadership are in jeopardy not only in practical terms; but, also in terms of moral leadership. It is unclear why anyone outside of the United States would look to cooperate with Trump’s…


Political, Economic and Security Challenges Facing President Buhari

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 05:06

On 29 May 2015, General Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as the President of Nigeria. The Buhari-led administration is expected to urgently tackle several challenges that have hindered economic prosperity, sustain…

An Assessment of France’s Assertive Mideast Policy

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 09:05

In wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, in which ISIL, killed 130 people, the French government confirmed on February 10 that it would extend the country’s state of emergency powers with an additional three mon…

Shifts in the Middle East Balance of Power: An Historical Perspective

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 09:35

While the Cold War ended almost three-decades ago, this event spawned a shift in the balance of power that the Middle East has yet to recover from. Harrison lays out how this has produced the current regional s…


Ali Akbar Dareini

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

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

has a doctorate in Mass Communications and have worked with Universities in three Central Asian States. He has made contributions to several 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.

Abdennour Benantar

is a is an Algerian academic and researcher based in France.