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December 29, 2022
Issue Brief -
Great Power Competition in the Middle East: A Visionless Contest?

After decades of a unipolar world order, the return of great power competition has become a fact of global politics today. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) new Strategic Concept document, released in June 2022, clearly illustrates how the organization is preparing itself for a new international security environment defined by such a competition.

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November 30, 2022
Issue Brief -
The Return of Egypt? Assessing Egyptian Foreign Policy Under Sissi

Egyptian foreign policy has undergone significant changes over the past half a century. After Gamal Abdel Nasser passed in 1970, Egypt’s pan-Arabist aspirations and ambitions came to an end. His successor, Anwar el-Sadat, re-oriented the country towards the West and made peace with Israel in 1979, which led to a decade-long suspension from the Arab League.

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October 31, 2022
Issue Brief -
Security Sector Reform in Complex Conflict Environments

Civilian populations in the conflict-ridden countries of the Middle East and North Africa have undergone a radical transformation of their governing structures. In countries like Iraq, Syria, and Libya, these structures are increasingly dominated by unconventional security providers such as militias and paramilitary groups aligned with the state, creating complications for good governance and security sector reform (SSR).

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October 25, 2022
Issue Brief -
Iraq’s Next War: Implications for the Region

Iraq was pushed to the brink of civil war in August following a series of tit-for-tat exchanges between Muqtada al-Sadr—head of Iraq’s most powerful socio-political movement (the Sadrist movement) and one of the country’s most powerful militia groups (Saraya Salam)—and a coalition of Iran-aligned parties and militias known as the Shiite Coordination Framework.

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September 28, 2022
Issue Brief -
Algeria’s Foreign Policy in the Post Hirak Era

In early 2019, the hirak, a nationwide peaceful movement, called for the removal of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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September 27, 2022
Issue Brief -
Track II Diplomacy: How Can It Be More Effective?

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has undergone many Track II initiatives, with the aim of resolving, or at least alleviating, conflict.

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August 9, 2022
Policy Paper -
Turkey’s Middle East Reset: A Precursor for Re-Escalation?

Mirroring region-wide trends, Turkey has adopted a policy of bridge-building across the Middle East in recent years.

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July 3, 2022
Policy Note -
The COVID-19 Pandemic in the Gulf: Impact, Response, and Implications

Over the past decade, GCC countries have faced growing challenges …

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July 2, 2022
Issue Brief -
Shrinking the Conflict and the Palestinians

STC is based on the “separation-without-withdrawal” paradigm…

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July 2, 2022
Issue Brief -
The Middle East Faces Major Development Challenges: Most Countries Are Not Prepared to Meet Them

These challenges represent long-term trends that can be anticipated but cannot easily be avoided. Countries can only prepare for them.

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June 30, 2022
Issue Brief -
COVID-19 and Trust in Government: Can Countries Come Out Ahead?

It is possible for countries that performed well to reap benefits in terms of increased citizen trust in government

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June 13, 2022
Policy Note -
Iraq’s Climate Crisis: A Geopolitical Conflagration in the Making

Iraq is the world’s fifth-most vulnerable nation to the effects of climate change, including water and food insecurity.1 But it is a threat that is inter-connected with a host of other challenges, creating a potential multiplier effect that could amplify socio-economic challenges, result in the proliferation of armed groups and create geopolitical flare-ups that have… Continue reading Iraq’s Climate Crisis: A Geopolitical Conflagration in the Making

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