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Turks or Kurds: the next US decision and its potential impact

If the US wants to accomplish its goals in Syria, it will probably need to pick a side in one of the world’s bloodiest ethnic conflicts. The bombings in Istanbul

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Why the future of Arab left-wing nationalism matters

The United States is about to adopt a realpolitik foreign policy in the Middle East. This will mean relying on one of the oldest ideologies in the region.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The battle for Mosul: What lies ahead

A few days from now, the Iraqi armed forces will start their biggest operation yet: The liberation of Mosul from ISIL forces. A guest post by former insurgent Roland Bartetzko.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Iraq: future irredentism or national unity?

Iraq has been experiencing violent sectarian conflict since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The causes of these conflictual political and ideological positions in Iraqi society have roots in

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Aleppo conflict faces risk of escalation

A tremendous battle has been going on for the past months in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. However, it should be stressed that the battle is much more a

Middle East/North Africa Security

Syria’s latest ceasefire: a declaration of war

The ceasefire will act as a window of opportunity to bring much-needed relief to Syria’s beleaguered populace as well as an opportunity to isolate the increasingly influential Jabhat Fateh al-Sham

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.

Europe Security

The strategy behind single-assailant terrorist attacks

The recent surge of single-assailant terrorist attacks is part of the Islamic State’s strategy to create a climate of insecurity in Europe.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Security challenges in the Turkish-Syrian borderlands

The recent spate of ISIS-inspired terror attacks in Turkey and subsequent attempted coup, combined with foreign fighters’ incessant attempts to enter ISIS’s shrinking territory have kept Turkey’s border with Syria,