• Abandoning the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry Metanarrative

    OPINION

    One of the most important items on the Middle East's agenda recently is the alleged talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Reportedly, Saudi and Iranian officials gathered in Baghdad on April 9 to participate in talks facilitated by the Iraqi...

  • The Syrian Regime’s Oil and Gas Crisis

    POLICY BRIEF

    Syria is not a country that possesses huge oil and gas reserves. Oil reserves amount to about 52 billion barrels, which are distributed in northeastern Syria, specifically in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, which consists of the Al-Omar, Al-Tanak,...

  • The Problem of Foreign Mercenaries in Libya: the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT)

    OPINION

    After many years of conflict in Libya, the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission, which was formed by the representatives of the warring factions, agreed on the ceasefire agreement and the agreement was signed on 23 October 2020. Withdrawing of foreign...

  • Two Similar Stories: Mohammed bin Salman and Salvator Mundi ​

    OPINION

    In 2017, through a contact, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman purchased Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi painting at a record price of $ 450 million. While he was determined to pay such amount to the work that had become the world's...

  • Iraq’s Upcoming Elections: One-List Decision by the Turkmen

    OPINION

    Early elections, set for 10 October 2021 by a decision of the Iraqi parliament, are approaching and, in parallel, the political parties’ preparations for the elections are picking up steam. Having called on the central government to hold early...

  • Al-Kadhimi’s Quest for Balance in Foreign Policy

    OPINION

    After the military presence of the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq was eradicated, some foreign policy openings were developed in the country in order to attain social consensus. The visits by Haider al-Abadi, former prime minister of Iraq, to Saudi...

  • Algeria: Political Anxiety and Youth Mobility

    OPINION

    On Feb. 22, 2019, millions of youth took to the largest cities’ streets across Algeria. They gathered together to denounce the fifth-term charade of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Their slogan was "enough is enough!" An...

  • Tunisia: Battle of Ideas between Animosity and Polity

    OPINION

    Tunisia’s political scene is witnessing a revolution that neither the deep state nor the secular intelligentsia saw coming. The al-Nahdha party has been in the forefront of Tunisian politics, either in governing the country or being a...

  • How much threat do the Iran-backed militias in Syria pose to Turkey?

    OPINION

    The strongest reaction to Turkey giving signals of an operation against PKK elements in Sinjar and its surroundings came from the Iran-backed sectarian militias in the region. Threat messages by Harakat Hezbollah Al-Nujaba and Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq...

Opinion See All

Abandoning the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry Metanarrative

One of the most important items on the Middle East's agenda recently is the alleged talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Reportedly, Saudi and...

The Problem of Foreign Mercenaries in Libya: the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT)

After many years of conflict in Libya, the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission, which was formed by the representatives of the warring factions,...

Two Similar Stories: Mohammed bin Salman and Salvator Mundi ​

In 2017, through a contact, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman purchased Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi painting at a record price of...

Policy Brief See All

The Syrian Regime’s Oil and Gas Crisis

Syria is not a country that possesses huge oil and gas reserves. Oil reserves amount to about 52 billion barrels, which are distributed in...

Insecurity in Southern Syria: Tracking Daraa, Quneitra and Suwayda (January – February 2021)

The Syrian regime forces took control of the governorates of Daraa and Quneitra in the summer of 2018 after reaching a reconciliation agreement...

Is it Possible for Iraq to Normalize Relations with Israel?

US President Donald Trump who followed pro-Israeli policies in the Middle East after taking office in 2017, displayed intense diplomatic...

Analysis See All

The Far-Right in Europe: The PEGIDA Case as a Transnational Movement

After the Second World War, a new order was established in Western Europe with the support of the USA, the leader of the Western side of the Cold...

A Review of 2020 and Expectations From 2021: KRG

The year 2020 added new problems to the ongoing problems of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) that had been started in previous years....

Iraq Assessment 2020: Foreign Policy and Expectations for 2021

Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who became the fifth Prime Minister of Iraq in the post-2005 period, after forming the government on May 6, 2020, showed that...