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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.

Trump’s Trade Wars: A New World Order?

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 09:25

The escalating trade war between the United States and China risks a breakdown in global trade as the world’s two largest economies contemplate encouraging the emergence of trading environments that they would…

Trump-Rouhani-Europe: The Cold Season of Diplomacy

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 10:16

Washington’s use of sanctions as a political weapon has done a lot of damage to Iran’s economy. However, it can neither achieve its declared goals of re-negotiating a new deal, nor stop Iran’s regional influenc…

Ethiopia: A Real New Dawn?

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 09:24

Ethiopia’s new government needs to deal with the tensions in Ogaden, the Somali province of Ethiopia. The inhabitants of Ogaden feel marginalized by their national government. This situation may escalate should…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: A Strong Family of Four Generations

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 08:38

This paper probes into the significance of the appointment of Hossein Salami as general commander of the corps after Mohammed Ali Jafari, particularly given the US designation of the force as a terrorist organi…

Beyond Borders and Leaders: Toward Sustainable Peace for Ethiopia and Eritrea

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 09:53

The lesson here is that Ethiopia and Eritrea should not envisage sustainable peace to be brokered by external actors. Rather the solution should come from a genuine effort from both sides.

Who will Save Jerusalem:The Dichotomy of Arab Politics in Trump's Era!

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 13:11

The Deal of the Century will allow Trump/Kushner, Netanyahu and bin Salman to merely buy time, each for his own domestic benefit. It is likely to split up an Arab camp that has served as the American vanguard.

The Algerian Crisis: Origins and Prospects for a “Second Republic”

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 11:57

Hirak has been the relegation of the Islamists because the protesters showed no interest in an Islamist ideology. They are opposed to foreign interference and have warned the West, particularly the former colon…

Peacemaking in Afghanistan: Procedural and Substantive Challenges

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:34

While elections would be considered the first preferred option to transfer power peacefully in Afghanistan and build on the institutional gains of the past eighteen years, Taliban’s demand for ultimate power ma…

Trump and the Golan Heights: A Political ‘Quickie’ for a Turbulent Middle East!

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 12:11

The Trump’s Golan move, along with previous measures, put East and West allies of Washington in a difficult position, as unconditional U.S. concession to Israel undermine the international community’s commitmen…

Algeria-Libya: A New Demarcation Line between Two Arab Worlds?

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:19

What is alarming are these international interventions. A bad scenario is emerging through the combination of Emirati-France-American strategies to help duplicate the Sisi model in North Africa. The summer of 2…

The Moroccan-Saudi Rift: The Shattering of a Privileged Political Alliance

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 11:09

MBS-led Saudi Arabia’s recklessness and adventurism are contrary to Morocco’s strategic interests. Morocco should learn lessons from its unconditional support and avoid aligning with, or support, a Saudi agenda…

Energy Geopolitics in 2019

Sun, 02/24/2019 - 10:37

The extraordinary criticism that Saudi Arabia is under holds the potential for the US Congress enacting legislation against OPEC. Anti-trust legislation would have turbulent impact on the global energy market i…

Social Capital between State and Society in Morocco: An Outside-in Reflection

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 15:13

Since 2017, the decline of social capital in Morocco represents a tree that hides a forest. We are now at an interlocking point of two negative trends in this decline: one is political vertical, and the other i…