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International Middle East/North Africa Outlook for 2017 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

Five Takeaways from the Arab League’s 28th summit

Many in the Middle Eastern region and beyond expected low expectations for the Arab League, as its 28th summit commenced on March 29, 2017. The 72-year-old League has often failed to

International Outlook for 2017 Politics

5 territorial disputes to watch out for in 2017

For several places around the world, 2017 could be a watershed year, as various territorial disputes threaten to boil over amidst a climate of global uncertainty.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Security in Jordan: A balancing act amidst regional tensions

A recent attack on a refugee camp in Jordan underlines the country’s vulnerability to the violence and chaos enveloping the region.

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

U.S. economic data shows signs of improvement. Brazil GDP figures shed light on economy. OECD releases global economic report. Foreign ministers talk Israel-Palestine. Shangri-La Dialogue likely to discuss South China Sea dispute.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Sykes-Picot agreement and its lasting implications

In 1916, France and the United Kingdom agreed to a partition of areas of influence in the Middle East. The Sykes-Picot continues to have far reaching implications a hundred years later.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Five trends that will shape the MENA in 2016

Torn between conflicts and insurgency, the Middle East has witnessed a rise of non-state-actors at the expense of states weakened by a struggling global economy and social changes that exceed

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Risks of Climate Change in MENA

Climate change poses grave macroeconomic risks for nations and regional financial firms in MENA. Greater investment in sustainable infrastructure and awareness of climate issues will be imperative to mitigate the

Economics Middle East/North Africa

The deceptive nature of Israel-Turkey relations

Although Israeli-Turkish political ties are fragile at best, the two countries have continued to enjoy increased bilateral trade ties. Within the rarefied circle of international relations, that Turkey and Israel

Middle East/North Africa Security

Israeli-Palestinian tensions threaten regional overspill

As violence surrounding worshipping status at the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary grows, what are the chances of a regional conflict escalation and how can we understand the current tensions? The tragic