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

Iraq

Dictatorship Redux? Iraq’s Freedom of Speech Under Threat
Time and again, the professional institutions and legal protections allegedly afforded to Iraqi journalists are failing them.
Jun 15, 2022
  • Mohanad Adnan
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
Addressing Violence Against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan
Hate speech and social dialogue have given rise to increased levels of violence against women in the KRI.
Mar 28, 2022
  • Ruwayda Mustafah

Syria

From Syria to Ukraine: Mapping Parallels with Russian 'Ants’ Crawl' and ‘Scorched Earth’ Strategies
More than two months into the faltering invasion of Ukraine, Russia appears to be recalculating its approach, resorting to a tactic Syrians are all too familiar with: 'Ants Crawl', or a scorched earth policy.
Jun 13, 2022
  • Salahuddin Hawa
Syria, Split Between State and Non-State
Political and military developments in Syria ensure that the country faces a fragmented future.
Jun 8, 2022
  • Nasreddin Ibrahim
How Religion and Money Shape Russian Soft Power in Syria
While the world reacted with shock to Russia’s brutal assault on Ukraine since the February 24 invasion, understanding Russia’s role in Syria makes Putin’s actions in Ukraine look more like a pattern than an anomaly.
May 26, 2022
  • Ishtar Al Shami
Mapping Russian Soft Power: How Coastal Syrians Engage with Russia
Mapping Syrians’ attitudes towards Russia’s presence in the country demonstrates a variety of perspectives, indicating the mixed record of Russia’s soft power efforts.
May 26, 2022
  • Ishtar Al Shami
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

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

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

Iraqi Elections

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
The Harrowing of Mustafa Kadhimi
Militias' repeated targeting of Kadhimi, including this week's attack on his home, emphasizes that Kadhimi has done something right in his past two years as Prime Minister of Iraq.
Nov 9, 2021
  • Michael Knights
Young MPs of the Tishreen Movement Face Off Against Establishment Parties
With a sizable number of independents in Iraq’s next parliament, young Iraqi MPs are hoping to push the Iraqi government to finally deliver on their protest demands from 2019.
Oct 29, 2021
  • Azhar Al-Rubaie
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

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