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Middle East/North Africa Politics

What is the most likely outcome of the Qatar crisis?

The diplomatic crisis resulting from sanctions against Qatar raises fresh questions concerning the political and economic environment in the Gulf.

International Middle East/North Africa Security

Why the Qatari-Arab tension may remain despite possible settlements

On the 6th of June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE announced in a coordinated move to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Middle East/North Africa Security

After IS, Iraq looks to Jordan

In anticipation of the collapse of the Islamic State, Iraq is looking to Jordan as a source of renewed trade and opportunities for Anbar province.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Why the West needs to re-examine how it helps the Kurdistan Regional Government

The West should use military aid to the KRG to leverage political reform, or risk inadvertently worsening regional security. For the KRG, political reform will strengthen its chances of not only surviving but of flourishing.

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 North America

Turks or Kurds: the next US decision and its potential impact

If the US wants to accomplish its goals in Syria, it will probably need to pick a side in one of the world’s bloodiest ethnic conflicts. The bombings in Istanbul

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 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

International Security

15 years after 9/11: the evolution of Islamist terrorism

9/11 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most defining terrorist attacks in modern history. It shook the western world and had lasting effects.

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.