Summer 2022 Polling

Iraq

U.S. Middle East Policy

The Killing of al-Zawahiri: Repercussions for the Taliban
Following the drone strike against al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, many variables are up in the air that could significantly alter the stability of a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan as well as the future of the al-Qaeda framework.
Aug 16, 2022
  • Mohamed Mokhtar Qandil
Iraq’s Two Coups—And How the U.S. Should Respond
Iran’s allies in Iraq mounted a judicial coup at the start of this year. Now, Muqtada al-Sadr is trying to place the system under his control through mob action. U.S.-led friends of Iraq should care about both these developments, not just the most recent one.
Aug 2, 2022
  • Michael Knights
A Middle Eastern NATO Appears Necessary, but Not Yet Possible
While a military alliance with U.S. backing seems natural, necessary, and justified, the path to the establishment of a Middle Eastern NATO is barred by regional differences.
Jul 18, 2022
  • Mohammad Abu Ghazleh
Growing Pains: The Promise and Reality of Biden’s Middle East Policy
A year after Joe Biden’s inauguration, expectations for a shift in America's Middle East policy have not materialized. Gulf monarchies are warily looking on as Washington continues to debate the U.S. role in the region.
Jan 24, 2022
  • Leonardo Jacopo Maria Mazzucco
  • Kristian Alexander

Israel

cyber security
What Cyber Attacks Against Ukraine Can Teach Israel
Israel must look to the war in Ukraine for insight into potential cyber attacks and security strategies ahead of the November legislative elections.
Sep 8, 2022
  • Ophir Barel

Syria

Photo of Muslim World League secretary-general Mohammad Al-Issa visiting Auschwitz
The Holocaust in Arab Collective Consciousness
In addition to official-level initiatives, Arab countries should combat Holocaust denial at the grassroots level to stem the continued spread of hateful conspiracies.
Jun 13, 2022
  • Hadeel Oueis
The COVID-19 Crisis: An Opportunity to Transition to a Post-Oil Economy
Oil resources have wrought unprecedented developments in Gulf society, but these successes have been tainted by what is known as the “oil curse.” The past several years have given the Gulf an opportunity to change this trajectory.
Jul 22, 2022
  • Mohamed Bechri

Turkey

Tunisia

Kais Saied’s Resolute Strategy to Uproot Tunisia’s Post-2011 Governance Model
As the president erodes Tunisia’s democratic norms, independent civil institutions have become a major target.
May 24, 2022
  • Chiraz Arbi

Iran

Water Insecurity: Iran’s Formidable Threat
For decades, the Iranian government has failed to address the country’s water shortages, causing social unrest that will only intensify if the problems continue.
May 20, 2022
  • Massaab Al-Aloosy
Lessons on Iran from Putin’s Playbook: How to Avoid Miscalculating Khamenei
Understanding the mistakes that led to the Russian invasion offers critical lessons for future Iran policy.
Apr 26, 2022
  • Kasra Aarabi
  • Saeid Golkar
Threats to Iranian Instagram: Analyzing Iran’s Internet Landscape
Iran’s conservative administration has threatened to block one of the country’s last standing social media platforms, signaling a shift to more restrictive media censorship.
Nov 24, 2021
  • Layla Hashemi
Do the Ahwaz protests threaten Iran’s unity?
The recent Ahwaz protests point to broader tensions between the Iranian state and the country’s minorities, and Iraqi influence within Iran.
Oct 7, 2021
  • Waleed Salam Jamil

Algeria

Algeria’s Foreign Policy: Facing a Crossroads
The ongoing war in Ukraine, with its recrystallization of allegiances, can provide Algeria the opportunity to return from a shift towards Russia and China back to a more balanced relationship with great powers.
Aug 9, 2022
  • Vasilis Petropoulos

The Ukraine Crisis

cyber security
What Cyber Attacks Against Ukraine Can Teach Israel
Israel must look to the war in Ukraine for insight into potential cyber attacks and security strategies ahead of the November legislative elections.
Sep 8, 2022
  • Ophir Barel

Eritrea

eritrea
Eritrea: Supporting Russia to Stay in Power
Eritrea is the only African country that voted against the United Nations General Assembly resolution demanding that Russia withdraw its military forces from Ukraine—a strong statement of support for Russia.
Apr 13, 2022
  • Habtom Ghebrezghiabher
  • Tesfazion Gerhelase

Saudi Arabia

mohammed bin salman
Pragmatic Re-Balancing: the Saudi Dual Outreach to Israel and Iran
While the Middle East remains littered with flashpoints, Saudi Arabia is reaching out to Israel and Iran in an attempt to defuse simmering tensions and build consensus, with the Kingdom shifting from a confrontational to fence-mending approach.
Sep 20, 2022
  • Leonardo Jacopo Maria Mazzucco

Iraqi Elections

Sudan

A Sudanese protester against military rule
After Al-Burhan’s Seizure of Power, Where Is Sudan’s Democratic Transition Heading?
With Al-Burhan’s coup sparking an international and popular backlash, the military may again look to Hamdok to renegotiate a power-sharing agreement.
Nov 3, 2021
  • Areig Elhag