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From Blind Reliance to Contractual Convenience: The Recent Pakistani-Saudi Rift

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 14:14

Currently, neither Pakistan nor Saudi Arabia can afford any form of immediate disconnect, in the short to medium term; hence, they will adhere to the norms of caution and compromise. However, in the long term,…

COVID-19: The Lingering Conflict and the Regional Balance of Power in Yemen

Sun, 07/26/2020 - 20:50

The longer the pandemic lasts, with its detrimental financial and social effects, the higher the chances for terrorist groups to increase their influence in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria and spread this to neighbourin…

The Islamic Group and Lebanon’s Popular Uprising*

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 10:42

While a number of key and effective groups within the Lebanese regime stood against the Hirak movement, other parties, though few in number, provided the popular movement with unconditional support, as in the c…

The Pandemic Makes Politics Worse: The Unites States as a Case Study

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 14:32

Covid-19 makes politics worse because it has generated not only greater awareness about many inequalities in the US, but it also has sharpened those inequalities. Unfortunately, inequalities such as those discu…

The Hard Chess Puzzle: Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ versus Iran’s ‘Maximum Resistance’

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 18:34

As the dice of the “maximum pressure” and “maximum resistance” policies are rotating between Iran and the United States, a new synthesis, seemingly satisfactory for both parties, emerges and that is appealing t…

The Lingering Stalemate: Qatar’s Blockade Awaits a Mediation Exit

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 20:35

The duality of diplomatic hopes and divergence of political wills in Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, and Doha remains one of the nuances of the Gulf crisis. There was ‘hectic’ diplomatic activity to deliver verbal and writt…

Trump’s Presidency: Nuances of Leadership versus Management of Crises

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 20:30

The current riots across America represent a moment of rebuttal at the conjuncture between an exit from the Coronavirus dilemma and Trump’s pursuit of a second term a few weeks before the National Conventions o…

Beyond Health: Looking for Europe’s Strategy vis-à-vis the COVID-19 Crisis

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 15:40

Europe’s recovery strategy to the COVID-19 crisis seems to be threatened by a lack of solidarity, but it primarily sheds light on deep rooted insufficiencies of its governance system.

How Arab States Take on Coronavirus: Morocco as a Case Study

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 17:14

Tremendous socio-economic and political challenges are facing Morocco during the Coronavirus crisis. Regardless of the promising signs of a short-term momentum in unity and institutional trust, the institutiona…

Libya’s Zero-Sum Politics and Defiance of Legitimacy – Part 2

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 12:45

Foreign manipulation defies the wisdom of envisioning a political settlement of the Libyan conflict. All international diplomatic gestures need to be aligned via the UN platform, with a well-defined trajectory,…

Libya’s Zero-Sum Politics and Defiance of Legitimacy – Part 1

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 09:15

There has been fluctuation and reconstruction of political legitimacy. Since the summer of 2014, two battles over legitimacy have spoiled Libyan politics and weakened the UN mediation with two rounds of interna…

Into Orbit: Iran’s Nour 1 Satellite and the Two-Wing Doctrine

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 19:02

Nour-1 satellite enhances Iran’s deterrence power and has the potential to shift the balance of power in Iran’s favor amid increasing tensions with the United States.

Tip-Toeing on Ice: Coronavirus Puts U.S.-Saudi Relations on Edge

Sun, 05/03/2020 - 16:08

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed may in some respects have shot himself in the foot even if he had maintained and won his price war against Russia. The war confirmed foreign investors’ worst fears: Aramco.

Responding to Kissinger: The Risks of Remodeling Neoliberalism and Manipulating the Enlightenment values

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 16:57

Kissinger aims to skip any debate of the financial elitist performance of Neoliberalism. He seeks to dissipate concerns over a post-Coronavirus reality with some romanticized Enlightenment values. He ex…

Awaiting A Post-Coronavirus Dawn: What Kind of Recovery?

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 13:37

History offers hints about what kind of economic recovery we can expect from the Covid-19 crisis. Recovery will be bumpy, subdued and above all uncertain. It will differ in Europe and the United States.

The Trump-Iran Showdown: A Conflict Resolution Perspective

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 17:48

Why would Trump run the risk of a war by assassinating Iran’s most effective general? Conventional Realist explanations do not answer the question adequately. The imperial strategy and the American Empire’s dec…

China’s Battle with Coronavirus: Possible Geopolitical Gains and Real Challenges

Sun, 04/19/2020 - 12:10

China has tried to take advantage of the Coronavirus crisis to boost its international role and status. Nonetheless, China’s own mistakes in battling the virus as well as diplomatic aggressiveness have raised d…

The U.S.-Iran Showdown: Clashing Strategic Universes Amid a Changing Region

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 14:31

The United States and Iran are poised for a showdown. Understanding where we are today with this conflict and where we are likely to go in the future requires that we look at the conflicting strategic doctrines…

Eight Heads of States versus Coronavirus: A Leadership Comparative Question – Part 2

Sun, 04/12/2020 - 16:45

It seems to be a three-way failure of leadership, national public policies, as well as international institutions, and should not be overshadowed by mere crisis management. By April 12, the infection cases esca…

Eight Heads of States versus Coronavirus: A Leadership Comparative Question – Part 1

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 13:07

Leadership in crisis can be a mixture of science, history, and art. It derives from the need for being well-informed with data and dynamics, well-enlightened with best practices and matured wisdom among previou…

Africa Versus Coronavirus: Four Much-Needed Capabilities

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 14:08

For many African countries, prevention of Coronavirus has no alterative as financial and structural demands of treatment far exceed capabilities. Without stricter measures, the infection curve will be exponenti…

Moscow's Maneuvres for Mediterranean Bases and ME Markets

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 14:55

By carrying on the activities of the Russian military contingents in Syria and with its backing of Libya’s renegade general Khalifa Haftar, Moscow seeks to reassert its role in the Mediterranean and leverage a…

Coronavirus: An Ethical Question in the US-Iran Showdown

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 15:02

Coronavirus is killing Iranians, so does Trump by waging a campaign of economic and medical terrorism. Its refusal to lift the sanctions exacerbates the already-tense relations between Tehran and Washington and…

The Shifting Geopolitics of Coronavirus and the Demise of Neoliberalism – (Part 2)

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 10:30

What is needed now, more than ever, is a public debate of moral autonomy of citizens in redefining the rights and obligations of the state and reconstructing their moral authority. The debate needs to kick off…