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Middle East/North Africa Politics Security

ISIS isn’t Iraq’s only problem

In addition to the war against ISIS, the government of Iraq is currently facing a host of other impending issues that are threatening the country’s security and economic outlook. Corruption,

Politics Security

The result of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit achieved new international commitments that will improve the nuclear risk outlook for coming years. It also leaves clear security gaps that hamper the progress made

Europe Security

The emerging Islamic State Threat in the North Caucasus

The expansion of Islamic State operations in the North Caucasus is part of the group’s wider international strategy. It also highlights ISIS ongoing power struggle with al-Qaeda-linked groups. Since the

Europe Security

Why does Belgium breed terrorists?

The past weeks have unveiled a new face of Belgium. On the 18th of March, the Paris attacks’ mastermind, Salah Abdelslam, was arrested in Molenbeek. Three days later, Brussels was

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Algeria’s energy outlook for 2016: Do security risks trump investment opportunities?

Algeria’s state-owned hydrocarbon firm has endured recent policy adjustments that now provide foreign investors with new opportunities. But increasing energy insecurity threatens to nullify the potential for gain. In the

Middle East/North Africa Security

Understanding Russia’s Syria pull-out

By GRI Analyst Nicolas Jenny and Senior Analyst Madeleine Moreau. Russia’s announcement this week that it “achieved its goals” in Syria came as a shock to the international community, as

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Why the timing is ideal for Iraq’s Kurds to declare independence

In this first of two related articles, GRI examines why it is a good time for the Iraqi Kurdish population to declare independence. The next article will examine the regional

Middle East/North Africa Security

As the Syrian ceasefire tentatively holds, what’s next for the conflict?

An unlikely Syrian ceasefire looks set to beat the odds and hold together until its end next week. Though that would raise hopes that a political solution can be reached,

Middle East/North Africa Security

Four ways in which ISIS outmuscles Al-Qaeda

 ISIS is a hybrid terrorist actor far different from Al-Qaeda because of its state-building approach, as well as its strategy and means to reach its goals. On June 29th 2014,

Middle East/North Africa Security

Assessing the risk of an ISIS “dirty bomb”

ISIS’ potential acquisition of radioactive material generates a potential scenario in which the Sunni extremist group may try to produce and use a “dirty bomb”. Over the past two weeks,