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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…

The Shifting Geopolitics of Coronavirus and the Demise of Neoliberalism – (Part 1)

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 11:30

One should highlight the distance between fiction and reality. However, a number of China politics observers and Western military officials have claimed a strong link between Coronavirus and recent research con…

Ethiopia’s Challenging Path to the 2020 Ballots

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 17:12

There is no certainty Ethiopia’s 2020 upcoming election will not be a clear win for the incumbent government, since various disagreements have deepened with opposition groups, dissenting public opinion, and the…

The Emergence of Another African Conflict: Egypt, Ethiopia and Geopolitics of the Renaissance Dam

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 11:58

Very few consider that despite the possibility of conflict or cooperation, such changes in the exploitation of the Nile River resources are due to changing relations and the need to address long-standing unfair…

US-Iran tensions: East Asian Perspectives

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 12:27

Rather than advocating for any one-side in the divide in the Muslim world predicated on the Iran-Saudi conflict, they have instead remained measured and been unwilling to risk their relationship with Saudi Arab…

Why Trump Rejects the Need from Middle Eastern Oil

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 13:33

It is the geopolitics rather than the economics of energy that will drive US interest, particularly as it regards efforts to change Iranian policies, if not the Iranian regime, as well as the longer-term power…

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.

Whatever His Title, He Plans to Remain in Charge: Is it a Solo ‘Tandemocracy’ Now?

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 12:38

The constitutional changes Putin has introduced certainly may give him far more opportunity, from whatever position he ends up in, to sideline officials he disagrees with than during the 2008-12 “tandemocracy”.

Seven Ironies of Reconstructing a New Security Paradigm in the Gulf

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:17

As the Trump White House has opted for those two ‘no-security’ and ‘less-Gulf oil export’ strategies, the U.S.-Gulf relations seem to be shifting into an unprecedented era of trust deficit and end of Gulf excep…

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…

After Trump’s Neo-Realism: The Securitarian Imagination and The Future of The Republican Party (Part 1)

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 12:05

The party of Lincoln in the United States has little to say about the plight of the marginalized, and victims of discrimination. These concerns, while once the province of the Republicans, are now part of the D…

Trump-Iran: The Political Ironies of ‘Maximum Pressure’ versus ‘Maximum Resistance’

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 12:32

Trump’s America is failing in its objectives to change Iranian behaviour and constrain its nuclear and missile programmes, and facing Iranian proxies throughout the region. History has shown that only dialogue…

Turkey’s Operation in Syria: A Chess Game with a Shifting Balance of Power

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:44

The biggest loser in Syria’s developments turned to be America’s regional allies. They are now more concerned with a daunting question: is the U.S. as a trustworthy ally? Turkey has established itself as an inf…

Syria New Constitutional Committee: Enlightened UN Diplomacy or Repositioning the Assad Regime?

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 07:36

The selection of the UN-brokered Constitution Committee members, including the Opposition and presumed Civil Society, is largely subject to the dictates of guarantor powerful states. The process of influencing,…

Tunisia’s Sustainable Democratization: Between New and Anti-Politics in the 2019 Presidential Election

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 12:34

As a resource-poor country, Tunisia can capitalize on its fledgling democracy to become an Arab leader in developing holistic policies that promote sustainable democracy in scape with both global and local stan…

The Aging of Empire and Future of the Inter-Civilization Dialogue

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 10:35

As we imagine a shift in the narrative of Islam and the West, we have to confront this problem of aging “empires” in the West; otherwise, the natural dynamics of world system succession are not promising.