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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

The Iranian Regime’s Targeted Assault on Protesting Ahwazi People

Rahim Hamid

In the Ahwaz region of Iran, protests broke out predominantly due the worsening living conditions and sudden increase in fuel prices in an already impoverished region, along with frustrations regarding systemic corruption, high unemployment, and the regime’s anti-Arab racism and brutality. But Ma`shour, Koura, and Jarahi have been particularly targeted by the regime as they are known as the seat of the petrochemical industry in Iran.

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Algeria’s Political Change Offers Hope for Peace with Morocco and North African Prosperity

Mohamed Chtatou

With the protests already starting to alter the political landscape of Algeria, this movement is giving hope to outside observers for broader regional changes, from potential rapprochement between Algeria and its neighbor and bitter rival Morocco to expanding regional dialogue between neighbors––which has been withered by a legacy of colonial rule and the differences in subsequent state-building practices.

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Erdogan, Davutoglu, and the Kurdish Vote in Turkey

Jiwan Soz

With the AKP’s embarrassing double loss in local Istanbul elections last spring, Erdogan has since faced increasingly sharp criticism not just at the hands of leaders of the country’s two main opposition parties—the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and HDP—but from some former senior members of his own party. Notably, Ahmet Davutoglu, a former AKP prime minister and a prominent politician once known as Erdogan’s and his party’s “mastermind” has recently formally split from the AKP after carefully distancing himself for years.