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Europe Security

A strategic shift in the terrorist threat to France

The 13 November attacks in Paris are part of a wider shift in Islamic State’s global strategy. The tactics used and the nature of the targets underline a growing security

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

International Security

Economics of the AK-47

In this era of modern technology and cutting edge military equipment, the Russian assault rifle remains ubiquitous in today’s war zones. What is the reason behind the AK-47’s continued use and economic impact

Middle East/North Africa Security

Is time ripe for a UN-brokered peace deal in Libya?

Four years after the removal of Gadhafi from power, Libya is still struggling with two competing governments, violence, and instability. A UN-brokered peace deal could be struck in late October.

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Will OPEC change its ways as oil continues to tumble?

Once the indisputable ruler of oil markets, the OPEC cartel is under great pressure to revise its current policy as low oil prices are starting to hurt oil exporters’ economies

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 Politics

Will Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood harm its Western backing?

Qatar’s intrepid foreign policy has led to isolation among their traditional Arab Gulf allies such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Will the wealthy kingdom find a way to protect

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Two ways WWII’s legacy still links Europe to the Middle East

This May 7th marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe (VE Day). Just a short distance away, the Middle East still remains a major source of

Middle East/North Africa Security

Joint Arab military forces deepens the Saudi-Iran conflict

Arab leaders often concluded their annual Arab Summit meetings with verbal statements regarding the region’s issues, rather than taking any substantial measures. However, this year’s summit held on the 28th of

Middle East/North Africa Security

Yemen violence highlights Islamic State spreading across the region

A recent spate of attacks by the Islamic State shows that IS is no longer content with relegating its fight to Iraq and Syria but has determined that an important part