March 2022 Polling
Russian Move on Ukraine Opposed by Most Jordanians, Who Prefer Ties with United States
A new public opinion poll in Jordan, commissioned by the Washington Institute and conducted in March, documents a surprisingly solid popular rejection of Russia’s “military action” in Ukraine.
Apr 26, 2022◆
- David Pollock
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
The Ukraine Crisis
Refugees and Syria’s Lessons for Ukraine
With the war on Ukraine in its fourth week, many features of how the conflict will play out are still unknown. However, with the first wave of Ukrainian refugees already within its borders, European Union policymakers should be looking to learn lessons now from over a decade of conflict in Syria to help address and mitigate the fallout from the war on Ukraine.
Mar 23, 2022◆
- Liza M. Theriault
Arab Media Perspectives on the Ukraine Crisis
Over the past year, the Ukrainian crisis has reached a boiling point. While there have been few official Arab responses to the Ukrainian crisis, many regional media outlets have extensively covered the crisis and its potential impact on the Middle East.
Feb 3, 2022◆
- Mohamed Abdelaziz
The “Full Barzani”: How Diplomatic Meetings with the Barzani Family Are Shaping Iraqi Kurdish Politics
For high-ranking officials visiting the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, there is a well-established expectation that they will meet separately with three political figures from the same family and party: Masoud, Nechirvan, and Masrour Barzani of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
Apr 8, 2022
The Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq: A Political Bargaining Chip?
Political tensions in Iraq have escalated amid ongoing disagreements on government formation as two main political blocs vye for power, with Iraq’s constitutional deadline for electing a president expiring earlier this week.
Apr 8, 2022◆
- Mohanad Faris
The KRI’s Difficult Stand Amidst Chaos in Iraq
Political conflicts, sectarian disputes, and clashing interests between regional and international actors have heightened Iraq’s instability in recent years. An interview with KDP advisor Kifah Mahmoud teases out these challenges and the KRG’s response.
Mar 24, 2022◆
- Baraa Sabri
Hasaka Residents Worry with ISIS Fugitives from al-Sinaa Prison Still Loose
Despite the January 26 announcement by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that they had taken full control of al-Sinaa prison in Hasaka, the security situation in this northeastern city is still not completely stable.
Apr 5, 2022◆
- Nour Al-Ahmad
Education Under Exceptional Circumstances: What Can Be Done About Northern Syria?
A decade after disaster struck Syria and its people, Syrian children have suffered immeasurable losses. They are highly vulnerable, cannot protect themselves from surrounding dangers, and will likely experience the effects of these circumstances for their entire lives.
Mar 3, 2022◆
- Dr. Raymon Al-Maaloli
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
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
Internet Access in Yemen Should Be an Opportunity for Cooperation, not a Target
Internet connectivity should be treated as a basic human right. Yemen urgently needs functional Internet for a variety of reasons, including facilitating humanitarian assistance and supporting economic recovery when the war ends.
Mar 4, 2022◆
- Nadia al-Sakkaf
- Justin Alexander
U.S. Middle East Policy
New Generation and the New Opposition in Iraq’s Parliament
Calls to reject the results of Iraq's October 10 parliamentary election by the Fateh alliance and other parties affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Forces that underperformed have garnered much attention. Yet the successful strategies and ideologies of relatively new parties that took seats in the recent election cycle deserve a closer look.
Jan 4, 2022◆
- Mohanad Adnan
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