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Turkey and current climate of the HDP

On 4 November 2016, two leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) were arrested. This development is part of a downward spiral in the overall political climate of Turkey, especially

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Is Iran still a siren call for Western economic investment?

The Iranian economy is set for an economic boom, with global powers reinvesting in its industries. However, the US sanctions remain a great deterrent for European and Asian investors. Image

Middle East/North Africa Security

The battle for Mosul: What lies ahead

A few days from now, the Iraqi armed forces will start their biggest operation yet: The liberation of Mosul from ISIL forces. A guest post by former insurgent Roland Bartetzko.

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Leading with Lukoil: Russia’s economic diplomacy in Iran

The approval of the Iranian Petroleum Contract is the culmination of a summer of economic diplomacy between Moscow and Tehran — with Lukoil at the center.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The struggle for Libyan oil wells

The recent LNA offensive in the Gulf of Sirte comes as a stern reminder of the threat posed by the ongoing instability to Libya’s oil infrastructure.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Iraq: future irredentism or national unity?

Iraq has been experiencing violent sectarian conflict since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The causes of these conflictual political and ideological positions in Iraqi society have roots in

Middle East/North Africa Politics Power Brokers

The young emir: Emir Tamim and Qatar’s future

With Emir Tamim – the youngest head of state in the Middle East – Qatar aims to rapidly expand and diversify its economy while tempering its foreign policy. Across the

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Aleppo conflict faces risk of escalation

A tremendous battle has been going on for the past months in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. However, it should be stressed that the battle is much more a

Economics Middle East/North Africa

How (and why) Russia and China are supporting Syria’s devastated economy

Salvaging Syria’s economy aligns with China and Russia’s own interests. A guest post by Rasmus Jacobsen, co-founder of Atlas Assistance.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Syria’s latest ceasefire: a declaration of war

The ceasefire will act as a window of opportunity to bring much-needed relief to Syria’s beleaguered populace as well as an opportunity to isolate the increasingly influential Jabhat Fateh al-Sham