October 1, 2019

Lebanon Report – September 2019

Economy and 2020 Budget A few days after international ratings agency Fitch downgraded Lebanon’s rating, heads of Lebanese parties met in Baabda and called for “sacrifices” […]
October 1, 2019

Between the Wall and Security: An Impossible Palestinian State

Introduction Despite its centenary history, the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is still far from being solved and continues to be a major source […]
September 20, 2019

GCC Economic Diversification: End of Rentierism & Rise of Nationalism?

The six countries within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are all currently working towards the fulfilment of largely similar economic “visions”. These economic plans promise decreased […]
September 4, 2019

Lebanon Report – July and August 2019

Budget and Economic Situation 7 months into 2019, the parliament finally adopted the 2019 budget after 2 months of debate within the Finance and Budget Parliamentary […]
August 30, 2019

The UAE’s Unlikely Rise as a Regional Powerhouse

The story of the United Arab Emirates is one imbued with wealth, status, and pomp. Its world-record holding buildings, architecture, infrastructure, museums, and art account for […]
August 26, 2019

The Populist Nationalism of the Free Patriotic Movement

In conjunction with the surge of right-wing populism in Europe and the US, Lebanon appears to be witnessing a similar phenomenon. Even though nationalist and sectarian […]
July 31, 2019

The Dilemma of the Return of ISIS Foreign Fighters

With the facilitation of global communication and travels, foreign fighter involvement in conflicts has been steadily rising, notably with the conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Iraq, […]
July 22, 2019

تركيا في ليبيا: دعم شرعية السرّاج في وجه حفتر ورعاته الإقليميين

تشكل ليبيا بالنسبة لتركيا أرضاً استثنائية وخصبة لمد النفوذ شمال القارة الأفريقية. الاستثناء الليبي يعود لإنغلاق كافة البلاد الممتدة من مصر إلى المغرب أمام الطموحات الإقليمية […]
July 5, 2019

Adapt and Overcome: Hezbollah and PMF’s Response to U.S Sanctions

The Trump administration’s 2018 decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and the subsequent economic sanctions that the U.S has imposed on Iran has had […]
July 4, 2019

Lebanon Report – June 2019

Administrative Appointments Political tensions reached levels not seen for quite some time between Hariri’s Future Movement and Bassil’s Free Patriotic Movement. Observers have linked the war […]
June 20, 2019

US Recognition of the Golan Heights: A Sign of Things to Come?

On March 21st 2019, after 52 years, President Trump tweeted the fully recognition of Israel over the Golan Heights and considered this decision important for the […]
June 19, 2019

Algeria and Sudan: Out Goes the President, In Comes the Military?

2010 was the starting point of what the Western media called the Arab Spring. Whilst the governments of Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Libya were overthrown, other […]
June 11, 2019

Lebanon Report – April and May 2019

Budget Adoption amid Popular Unrest Similar to the statements made prior to the passage of the 2018 budget, Prime Minster Hariri again has called for reforms […]
June 10, 2019

تركيا في حقل ألغام أميركي – روسي: تنويع مصادر الدفاع العسكري

يُصادف العام 2023 الذكرى المئوية الأولى لتأسيس الجمهورية التركية. يعوّل الأتراك ورئيسهم رجب طيب أردوغان، على أن يكون هذا العام فاتحة لتتخطى بلادهم حجم ودور اللاعب […]
June 7, 2019

Western Sanctions and their Impact on the Reconstruction of Syria

As the Syrian war enters its 8th year, the Assad regime, backed by Russia and Iran, has regained control of the vital areas of Syria. The […]
May 27, 2019

إعادة انتخابات بلدية إسطنبول: قوة وضعف المرشحين ورمزية المدينة

بعد انتظار دام أسابيع، أعلنت “اللجنة العليا للانتخابات” قرارها بإعادة انتخابات بلدية مدينة إسطنبول، معتبرة أن شوائب عديدة قد رافقت العملية الانتخابية وفرز الأصوات. وكان رئيس […]
April 15, 2019

Geopolitical Dimensions of Taliban’s Office in Doha

On February 15, 2011, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, Ambassador of the Taliban regime in Islamabad and a close aide of Mullah Omar, Tayyab Agha, held two […]
April 15, 2019

يريفان الواقعية: خطوة نحو حل الصراع الأرمني – الأذربيجاني

يعود تاريخ الصراع بين أرمينيا وجارتها أذربيجان إلى عصور سحيقة تخللتها الكثير من الكراهية المتبادلة والدماء. وحتى قبل قيام الدول بمفهومها الحديث، شهد الشعبين على الكثير […]
April 3, 2019

Lebanon Report – March 2019

US Secretary of State in Lebanon Completing a series of visits by US officials such as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale[1], acting […]
March 19, 2019

Latin America: A Key Part of Hezbollah’s Global Network

Introduction ”The resistance support association must significantly energize its activities. It must provide an opportunity for jihad by money. The sanctions are a form of war… […]
March 6, 2019

Revival of the Lebanese Shiite Community and Hezbollah’s Beginnings (1982-1990)

For the past few years, Hezbollah has accumulated a wide range of power and influence in many regions of the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon, the […]
March 5, 2019

Lebanon Report – February 2019

Formation of Cabinet: Implications and Challenges Following a nine-month deadlock, a new government was formed in the end of January 2019. The compromise reached grants representation […]
February 28, 2019

Recap of the Warsaw Conference

By Benjamin Lutz and Josef Nasr On Wednesday February 13-14, 2019, a consortium of more than 60 countries met in Warsaw, Poland, to discuss a “Ministerial […]
February 18, 2019

A Tale of Two Benjamins: How the Top Candidates in Israel’s Upcoming Election are Further Securitizing the Region

In three months, Israelis will head to the polls to pick their representatives in the Knesset. Israel’s electoral process is dictated by its multitudes of political […]
January 17, 2019

إسلام “مخيمات التلقين”.. لماذا تخلت تركيا عن “إيغور” الصين؟

من جبال الأمازيغ في المغرب إلى آخر جزر الفليبين، لا يخلو بلد في الشرق من أقلية تناضل لتحصيل الحقوق. ليست كل الأقليات مسالمة وبريئة، إنما بعضها […]
December 28, 2018

KSA 2019 Perspectives

More than two months since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and the international pressure on the Saudi crown […]
December 28, 2018

The Prospects for Autonomy in Rojava

Introduction After eight years of war, the forces of President Bashar al-Asad seem on the verge of winning the conflict in Syria. While Damascus has been […]
December 20, 2018

Will Trump’s Ultimate Deal Resolve the Conflict?

President Trump’s Ultimate Deal, the supposed solution to the decades long intractable conflict between Israel and Palestine, is allegedly already finalized and might be implemented in […]
December 20, 2018

الطرق الصوفية أو سلاح تركيا السري

لا إمكانية حقيقية لفهم تاريخ تركيا الحديث دون سبر أغوار الموجهات الدائمة بين الجماعات الدينية والحكم العلماني. انتصر هذا التيار أو ذاك تبعاً للمراحل والظروف، إلا […]
December 5, 2018

ISIS and the Nexus between Media and Powers

The past two years have seen a gradual erasure of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) from the territories it once controlled. The defeat […]
November 6, 2018

المجهود الدولي: خطوات نحو حل الأزمة السورية

بعد انتهاء الحرب السورية، سيدرس الباحثون بطريقة معمقة ما جرى خلالها. سيذكر بعضهم المجازر التي نظمها النظام السوري في درعا وحمص وحلب، فيما البعض الآخر سيتخصص […]
October 30, 2018

Internal and External Challenges to the Druzes of Lebanon

Introduction Throughout the history of Lebanon, the Druzes have played a fundamental role in shaping the country’s political system and culture, despite the fact that they […]