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Middle East/North Africa Special Reports

Syria: Economic impact of the war’s next stage

The Syrian Civil war is nearing its end game. This article examines the current economic obstacles and opportunities for Syria and President Assad. It also considers the implications of President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from the ground. 

Middle East/North Africa Politics

US troops withdrawal from Syria and the threat of Islamic State

President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria has infuriated allies and strengthened adversaries on the ground. This has allowed Turkey to potentially eliminate a key Kurdish fighting force. This article assesses who stands to win and lose from this decision and the long-term impact for relations in the Middle East.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Saudi Arabia can manage Turkey’s Khashoggi pressure campaign

President Erodgan has used the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to discredit his rival, the Saudi Crown Prince. How will Erdogan continue to leverage this incident?

Middle East/North Africa Security

Putin’s Middle East gamble

Since 2015 Russia has used the Syrian civil conflict as a platform to gain power within the Middle East. Engaging militarily and economically with the region, Russia has renewed its place in the global power structure and has invested in securing a share of the Middle East’s energy wealth.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Khashoggi and Saudi relations with the West: How much damage has been done?

The murder of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi on 2 October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul triggered an international crisis that has put Saudi Arabian relations with the US and other important allies to the test. 

Middle East/North Africa Security

Peace remains remote prospect for Libya

Since the 2011 revolution and the overthrow of Muhammar Gaddhafi, Libya has been engulfed by violence and political instability. Recent clashes that erupted in the capital have once again raised concerns about the future of the country.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Qatar: Beyond the blockade

Beyond its swift financial recovery, Doha has made a series of strategic policy moves that signals a new era of global engagement and positions the small but wealthy Gulf nation to emerge from the ordeal stronger than ever.

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

The Special Purpose Vehicle and the future of the Iran deal

In yet another sign of the US’ waning global leadership role on the Iran nuclear deal, the EU, Russia and China have set up an alternate payment mechanism called the Special Purpose Vehicle or SPV as a means to bypass any additional US sanctions.

Middle East/North Africa Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Saudi influence in Africa: A destabilising power?

Through its commercial, political and military ties with a number of African states, Saudi Arabia aims to increase the visibility of its foreign policy.

Asia Pacific Middle East/North Africa

China serves as a stabilizing force in South Sudan’s fragile peace

On Wednesday, the “final final” peace deal was ostensibly struck– a handshake between South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar and President Salva Kirr– signifying a truce in the 5-year civil war that has devastated the young nation.