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Middle East/North Africa Politics

Syria: A convergence of interests for Russia and Iran

Russia’s recent use of an Iranian airbase to launch airstrikes into Syria is the most recent evidence of the strengthening of ties between Russia and Iran.

Middle East/North Africa Security

From storm to calm: How Lebanon became a shelter in the Levant

Lebanon maintains its stability as parties benefit from the current situation and protect the status quo. A guest post by Martin Krastrup, Co-founder and Head of Programmes for Atlas Assistance.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Lebanon suffers from Saudi-Iranian rivalry

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are palpable: the use of Lebanon for proxy power plays has some serious repercussions particularly in relation to Saudi-aligned Gulf States. Lebanon boasts an

Middle East/North Africa Security

US-Russia negotiated ceasefire in Syria unlikely to succeed

The US-Russia ceasefire framework for Syria does not adequately rein in the Assad regime, as double standards and linguisitic loopholes abound. A guest post by Syrian journalist Abdulrahman al-Masri. The

International Politics

GRI’s 2015 year in risk review

The year 2015 very much seemed to be a year of transition (and not generally for the better), filled with many surprises. The staying power of the Islamic State Perhaps

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Breaking down the Middle East’s sectarian tensions

The impact of rising Saudi-Iran tension has serious repercussions for peace talks. However, simple-minded sectarianism isn’t always so clear-cut when considering the region’s complex conflicts. One of the messages that

Middle East/North Africa Security

Three hard lessons for Syria from Lebanon’s civil war

While the prospect of all-out war in Lebanon is unlikely, the country’s own experience might draw some important lessons on how Syria’s conflict may eventually end. A day before the

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Challenges for Libya’s oil sector

Libya’s oil sector faces a host of challenges. The failure of the Tripoli-based GNC and Tobruk governments to reach a unity peace deal last month is pushing the country into

Middle East/North Africa Security

Iran’s military and economic investment in Syria

Since the early 1980s, Iran has invested substantial political and economic capital into Syria. Tehran will continue to support the Assad regime, acting as a counter-point alongside Russia to the

Middle East/North Africa Security

Team Obama’s Low-Risk, High-reward Move in Syria

Contrary to critics, Obama’s decision to deploy Special Operations troops to Syria is neither a giant step forward into a quagmire, nor a meaningless symbolic gesture. In fact, as far