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Middle East/North Africa Politics

Will the Iraq-U.S. relationship survive the Trump era?

Iraq is at an important crossroads in the fight against the Islamic State. With aggressive posturing between the incoming Trump Administration and Iran, pressure will increase on Iraqi Prime Minister

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Interview with Dr. Joshua Landis: The Syrian regime in 2017

Global Risk Insights spoke with Dr. Joshua Landis on what is ahead for Syria’s government in 2017 after the fall of Aleppo.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Why the future of Arab left-wing nationalism matters

The United States is about to adopt a realpolitik foreign policy in the Middle East. This will mean relying on one of the oldest ideologies in the region.

Debate Corner North America Politics

Syria will define the future of Hillary Clinton’s uneasy presidency

Despite tightening polling, Democrat Hillary Clinton is still favored to win the U.S. presidency—an already uneasy presidency that is likely to be defined by an even more unstable Syria.

Asia Pacific Middle East/North Africa Security

Does China’s Silk Road lead to Damascus?

The People’s Republic of China continues to expand its influence in the Middle East. Syria’s long term bilateral ties with China brings about questions on how China’s ambitions might play

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Iraq reimagined: An alternative history of Saddam Hussein and the Arab Spring

This piece imagines an Iraq where Saddam Hussein was still in power in 2016. What if President Bush had allowed his red line to be crossed? How would Saddam’s response

Middle East/North Africa Security

Why Syria will remain united

US Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that partitioning Syria may be a possibility. In this debate series, GRI asked whether Syria would remain united. Chris Solomon argues that

Economics International

What can Star Wars tell us about political risk?

Global Risk Insights spoke with Dr. ​Zachary Feinstein at the Washington University in St. Louis about the connection between science fiction and political risk. The human race has never known

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Breaking down the Middle East’s sectarian tensions

The impact of rising Saudi-Iran tension has serious repercussions for peace talks. However, simple-minded sectarianism isn’t always so clear-cut when considering the region’s complex conflicts. One of the messages that

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Can Iraq’s Prime Minister Al-Abadi hold on?

Division within Iraq’s ruling Dawa Party threatens to jeopardize the position of the Prime Minister. The United States’ key ally in Iraq is struggling to find a balance that ensures