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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

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 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.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Will Iran become the next Middle East superpower?

With international sanctions on Iran being lifted, and with the country boasting one of the most advanced and diversified economies in the MENA region, how likely is it that Iran will become

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Iran’s return to oil markets puts additional pressure on oil prices

The end of sanctions is a lifesaver for Iran’s economy, but oil producers will have to bear the additional brunt as new barrels flood the already oil-saturated markets. After seven

Security South and Central Asia

Risks in Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons policy

Recent clarifications in Pakistani nuclear policy confirmed speculations that Islamabad has an alarmingly low threshold for tactical nuclear weapon deployment. Here are the geopolitical risks that emerge from Pakistan’s now

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Egypt reforms civil service to attract investment

With bloated government weighing the country down, Egypt attempts to reform the civil service in order to attract much needed foreign investment. The rampant fall of Egypt’s foreign reserves, which

Middle East/North Africa Security

Kurdish groups are divided over Russian presence in Syria and Iraq

Russian airstrikes in Syria and military aid efforts in Iraq have placed Kurdish groups in both countries in an awkward position.  As Russia and the U.S. pursue alternate strategies in

Middle East/North Africa Security

Russia’s sudden military build-up in Syria

Recent reports suggest a Russian military build-up in Syria as President Vladimir Putin searches for new venues to stoke both domestic and international legitimacy — an expanded foray into the

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Iranian nuclear deadline: What to expect

This week marks the nominal deadline for the international community and Iran to flesh out a final agreement on the future of Iran’s nuclear program and the removal of international