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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

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will Morocco’s imam training program work?

Morocco imam training program is seeking to counter extremism by taking a holistic approach to moderate teaching, undermining the power of ISIS.

Middle East/North Africa Security

A former insurgent’s guide to ISIS and Iraq

In the last weeks, the self-proclaimed “Caliphate” in Iraq has been losing a lot of ground. The Iraqi army will be key in consolidating these victories.

Middle East/North Africa

What does Tunisia’s current instability mean for investment?

Tunisia is grappling with social and political instability not seen since the 2011 protests which gripped the North African state and ushered in the Arab Spring. To help explain how

Middle East/North Africa Security

Libya’s collapse is changing North Africa

Since 2011, Libya has slowly swirled into lawlessness, providing unprecedented opportunities for migrants and traders throughout the Sahel.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Syria: A convergence of interests for Russia and Iran

Russia’s recent use of an Iranian airbase to launch airstrikes into Syria is the most recent evidence of the strengthening of ties between Russia and Iran.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Axis of friendship reignited: Erdogan and Putin’s détente

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s new understanding with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will lead to political and economic possibilities.