The World in 2018:
Why do Pundits Expect Major International Crises?
A very pessimistic view looms over the perceptions of international relations experts and researchers in 2018.
The Illusion of the Empire
Explaining Erdogan’s Ottoman Fanaticism
The dream of reviving the Ottoman Empire dominates the policies and orientations of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Why does Turkey Resort to Hard Power in Tacking Regional Crises?
It can be argued that the current Turkish foreign policy is based on the ideas of Prof. Ahmet Davuoglu, as illustrated in his book.
Germany faces an Unprecedented Post-Election Period
For the first time in its post-World War II history, Germany still does not have a new government following the national elections.
Why Trump’s Move will Benefit the Palestinians
Trump has ripped the Band-Aid off from the wound caused by the elusive dream of the Palestinian state.
What is Next After Ali Abdallah Saleh’s Assassination?
Saleh’s death signals a significant turning point in Yemen’s civil strife, with a complete collapse of the Houthi alliance.
Are there Prospects for Breakthrough in the Qatar Crisis?
The Annual Arab Gulf heads of states’ summit is going to be held on December 5 & 6, in Kuwait. The first of its kind since the crisis.
Russia Re-examines its Relations with Iran
Iran have been the key ally to Russia. Yet, their relations have been hurdled with various challenges.
Where does the Lebanese Crisis Head to after Hariri’s Return?
The return of Saad Hariri to Lebanon, on November 21 2017, after 18 days of his resignation opens a new chapter in the Lebanese crisis.
In the wake of the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on November 4, France played a key role in resolving the crisis.
The Cautious Observer
Israeli estimates vary over the repercussions of the resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
How does Hezbollah Cope with Regional and International Pressures?
The political crisis that erupted in Lebanon, after Saad Hariri announced his resignation, confounded Hezbollah’s calculations.
Why has Global Interest in Electronic Leaks Declined?
Paradise papers did not yield the expected reaction of mobilizing the public opinion to pressure governments to take required measures.
Regional Implications of Trump’s Iran Strategy
On October 13, US President Donald Trump announced his decertification of the JCPOA, citing Iran’s violation of the accord’s “spirit”.
Hezbollah's Mounting Regional Challenges
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in early November from Riyadh, and things are no longer the same in Lebanon.
Hariri’s Post-Resignation Scenarios
The resignation of Lebanon’s PM Saad Hariri unveiled hidden tensions within Lebanon and mutual escalation between regional powers.
Messages of Resignation
Who Will Succeed Barzani in the Iraqi Kurdistan’s Presidency?
Barzani’s resignation sparked a debate about the implications and consequences of the decision on the future of the region.
What Drives the Renewed Controversy about “The Angel”?
The curious case of Ashraf Marwan, the husband of Mona, daughter of former Egyptian president Abdel Nasser, continues to grab attention
Vision from Within
Why did the Iraqi-Kurdish Conflict erupt over Kirkuk?
Iraq’s control over Kiruk came amid rising regional and internal pressures on the government of the Kurdistan region.