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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.

Europe Security

Responding to the “lone-wolf” threat in Western Europe

Starting with the 2012 France attack, single-assailant terrorist attacks have increasingly come to define the security environment in Western Europe.

Europe Security

Impact of France’s evolving terrorist threat

The wave of terrorist attacks that hit France in the last 18 months underscores that the country is a primary target for radical Islamist militants.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Is partitioning Syria a viable option?

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. Jacob Purcell presents why,

Middle East/North Africa Security

Saudi-Iranian ‘cold war’ uses sectarianism as tool

Following Saudi Arabia’s execution of the Shiite Cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, observers of the Middle East are pondering a multitude of eventualities, many of which point to a hot conflict between

Middle East/North Africa Security

Salafi Shake-Up: ISIS encroaching on the House of Saud

Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris moved up the timeline of this showdown between ISIS and the House of Saud, making it vital for the West, particularly the US, to

Middle East/North Africa Security

Violent sectarianism on the rise in Algeria

Recently, the southern Algerian province of Ghardaia was the scene of intense clashes between Arab and Berber communities. Many Algerians are now demanding that the government do more to address

Middle East/North Africa North America

An outdated military strategy against ISIS

In an effort to defeat the Islamic State as it continues to acquire significant territorial and financial gains, the United States launched the ‘lily pad’ strategy against ISIS this past

Middle East/North Africa Security

Fighting for hearts and minds in Anbar Province

At the height of the Iraq Insurgency, the Sunni Awakening helped see off the Al-Qaeda threat. Duplicating that success to combat ISIS will be much more difficult. Fed up with

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will Al-Qaeda groups cooperate with Islamic State?

The terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris from January 7th to January 9th have shocked Europe and the world. These attacks bore a specificity that underscores a new tendency in