Raisi and the Continued Export of Revolution to Syria
The recent targeting of the al-Tanf base in Syria, where U.S. forces are stationed, highlights the ways in which the Iranian presence in Syria is becoming increasingly bold in line with the foreign policy goals of Iran’s new president.
Nov 5, 2021◆
- Omar Abu Layla
Reflections on Iraq’s October Elections: The Good, the Bad, and the Still Unknown
While Iraq’s new electoral law did have some successes, the reforms it attempted to achieve will only be able to come to fruition if the Iraqi electorate is convinced that elections can make a tangible difference in their lives.
Oct 27, 2021◆
- Sardar Aziz
Iraq’s Purple Coup: A Truly Iraqi Electoral Surprise, Par Excellence
Preliminary election results illustrate Iraqi opposition to foreign influence and the impact of the Marja'iyya of Najaf, as the Sadrists lead the coalition-building process to form the next parliament.
Oct 15, 2021◆
- Munqith Dagher
A Gateway to Change or New Conflicts: Iraq’s 2021 Elections
Iraqis are preparing to participate in the country’s most important elections since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003. As all parties prepare for the ballot, interviews with those who choose to participate and those boycotting it emphasize what’s at stake.
Oct 7, 2021◆
- Ali Al-Mikdam
The Goal Behind the Hypocritical Discourse of Iraq’s Militia Media
Pro-Iranian militia media channels are relying on distortion, character assassination, and misinformation to attract Iraqi audiences, after dependence on constant religious messaging proved futile.
Nov 18, 2021◆
- Sadiq Hassaan
A Constitutional Challenge to Iraq’s Treatment of Iraqi Jews
As a lawyer who has specialized in defending minorities right, religious freedom, and civil rights in Iraq, I have come to the conviction that giving justice to Iraq’s Jews is impossible under Iraq’s current legal system, as it must include restoring their stolen rights under a new, democratic Iraq.
Oct 21, 2021◆
Turkish Diplomacy by the Numbers: A Decade of Trends
Turkey has maintained strong dialogue with NATO and EU countries despite increasing differences regarding foreign policy matters. Meanwhile, Turkey’s intensifying relations with authoritarian states is one of the striking trends between 2010 and 2020.
Nov 5, 2021◆
- Hasim Tekines
Mapping Changes in Turkish-UAE Relations: A Matter of Diplomacy
Understanding ideological shifts, regional geopolitics and the origins of the Turkey-UAE rift is critical to assessing the likely outcomes of recent diplomatic engagements between the two countries.
Aug 27, 2021◆
- Gokhan Demirtas
- Hasim Tekines
Afghanistan and the Middle East
Navigating Influence in Afghanistan: the Cases of Qatar and Pakistan
After capturing Kabul, the Taliban announced that they were seeking good relations with their neighbors—China, India, Iran, Russia, Pakistan, and the Gulf Arab states. Yet given Pakistan and Qatar’s extant relations with the Taliban, the two countries appear to be the main winners in this shifted balance, and whichever one is chosen as the primary mediator will have a significant role in shaping regional policies towards Afghanistan going forward.
Oct 26, 2021◆
- Mohammad Salami
Syrian Women Navigate the Patriarchy of War and Women’s Rights
Despite Syrian women’s significant contributions in coordinating anti-Assad activity during the 2011 revolution, Syrian women now face exacerbated obstacles against participating in civil society.
Oct 20, 2021◆
- Ishtar Al Shami
Humanitarian Aid and Russian Blackmail in Syria
To prevent obstacles to aid delivery in Syria, the United States should invest in local governance and agriculture production in areas outside the regime’s control. Doing so is an important step for deterring Russian blackmail, strengthening the Caesar Act, and alleviating the humanitarian crisis.
Oct 18, 2021◆
- Ammar Al-Musarea
Cairo Acts on Its Fears of Radicalization After Afghanistan
The recent saga surrounding the implications of American withdrawal from Afghanistan has not gone unnoticed in Cairo. Egyptian policy circles believe it has opened the door for Islamist and extremist groups to gain momentum across the region, and regime messaging is framing the situation accordingly.
Sep 24, 2021◆
- Haisam Hassanein
How Afghanistan Influences Hamas, PIJ, and Iran in their Approach to Israel
As the Taliban takeover boosts Iranian proxies’ morale, Israel and the United States should develop a coordinated strategy against these groups to enhance Israeli security and restore confidence in American commitments to regional partners.
Aug 24, 2021◆
- Kobi Michael
- Yoel Guzansky