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Al-Bashir is planning his own exit

Omar Al-Bashir, the embattled president, will step down from power by appointing a successor who will not hand him over to the International Criminal Court. However, his selection will result in a military takeover that will remove the entire regime from power.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Energy and security in the Eastern Mediterranean

The discovery of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean’s Levant Basin has created new regional security dynamics. The quest for power and influence hinders energy and economic cooperation.

Middle East/North Africa Special Reports

Turkey: Impact of the Syrian war’s next stage

The Syrian Civil war is nearing its end game. This article, part five of a five-part series on the regional impact of this news, examines the current economic obstacles and opportunities for Turkey.

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Kurdistan Region stalls government formation

The last several years have been turbulent for the oil-rich Kurdistan Region. The local elections in September represented an opportunity to introduce some stability.

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Sudan in state of emergency

Sudan is facing social unrest over the rule of President Bashir. This will cause socio-economic and political uncertainty over short to medium term.

Middle East/North Africa Special Reports

Lebanon: Impact of the Syrian war’s next stage

The Syrian Civil war is nearing its end game. This article, part four of a five-part series on the regional impact of this news, examines the current economic obstacles and opportunities for Lebanon.   

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Qatar: Forging Alliances in Lebanon

Following the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in Lebanon, Qatar announced its plans to buy $500 million in government bonds to support Lebanon’s struggling economy. However, this is likely a strategic move for Qatar to increase its soft power in the country, as Qatar seeks to challenge the influence of Lebanon’s long-time financial patron, Saudi Arabia.

Middle East/North Africa Security

UAE’s relations with Somalia flounder over Qatar

Since the election of the new Somali President in 2017, the country’s relationship with the UAE has deteriorated steadily. The UAE risks undoing its record of progress in the Horn of Africa.

Middle East/North Africa Special Reports

Iraq: Impact of the Syrian war’s next stage

The Syrian Civil war is nearing its end game. This article, part three of a five-part series on the regional impact of this news, examines the current economic obstacles and opportunities for Iraq. Part one of the series considered Syria, the second part assessed Jordan.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

The solidifying Arab-Israeli Alliance

How the strengthening multilateral alliance between Israel, Egypt and the Gulf States is aimed at containing and combating not only Iran but also Turkey.