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25 May 2016  

Passionate supporters, now Egypt’s new ‘dissidents’

on Egypt

By Afro-Middle East Centre Protests by Egypt’s main journalist syndicate and Egyptians previously loyal to the military regime point to increasing opposition to President Abdel-Fa...

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21 May 2016  

Syria talks gloss over inconsistencies in ceasefire and aid delivery

on Syria

By Afro-Middle East Centre The International Syria Support Group (ISSG) met in Vienna on 17 May to discuss the ongoing civil war in Syria. The group of seventeen countries, chaire...

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14 May 2016  

The Paradox of Survival and Expansion: How the Islamic State…

on Political Islam

Omar Ashour This paper examines the reasons for the military steadfastness of the Islamic State group (IS) in the face of local and international forces that are larger in numbers...

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16 April 2016  

Islands for aid: A deal between Cairo, Riyadh, Tel Aviv…

on Egypt

By Afro-Middle East Centre The recent handing over of two islands – Tiran and Sanafir – to Saudi Arabia by the Egyptian government emphasises that the Sisi regime remains so in ne...

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19 March 2016  

Russia's 'withdrawal' from Syria: Has Putin realised his objectives?

on Syria

By Afro-Middle East Centre Russian President Vladimir Putin shocked many with his announcement on 14 March that his 8 000-strong expeditionary force in Syria would begin a gr...

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15 March 2016  

GCC ‘terrorist Hizbullah’ declaration may backfire

on Iran

By Afro-Middle East Centre The decision by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on 2 March declaring Hizbullah a terrorist organisation is the latest in a string of moves by Saudi A...

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10 September 2015  

The 'European' refugee crisis

on Middle East General

By Afro-Middle East Centre The refugee crisis currently affecting Europe has elicited comparisons to the refugee crisis resulting from the Second World War. This comparison, while...

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20 July 2015  

Remaining and expanding: Measuring the Islamic State group’s success in…

on Middle East General

By Afro-Middle East Centre Since its declaration of a ‘caliphate’ on 29 June 2014, the Islamic State group (IS), the brutal successor to al-Qa'ida, has gone from strength to stren...

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16 October 2014  

Houthi gains in Yemen: Regional and local dimensions

on Middle East General

By Afro-Middle East Centre The striking advances of Houthis in Yemen, having already taken de facto control of the capital Sana'a last month, has implications for Yemen as well as...

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08 September 2014  

Anti-West is far too simplistic a view

on Middle East General

By Omar Shaukat With the release of another video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, held hostage by the Islamic State (IS, also variously known as Isil...

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21 August 2014  

The Arab counterrevolution is in decline

on Middle East General

By Basheer Nafi’ A truism that is valid for almost all revolutions – including the English, French, and the European revolutions of the mid-nineteenth century, the Ir...

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10 August 2014  

Women in Conflict

on Middle East General

By Zeenat Adam ‘When women are violated like men who but for sex are like them – when women’s arms and legs bleed when severed, when women are shot in pits and g...

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01 February 2016  

Israel’s settlement expansion will have far reaching consequences for its…

on Palestine-Israel

By Afro-Middle East Centre Israel’s government ended its eighteen-month ‘freeze’ on settlement construction in the West Bank with an announcement ofplans to construct 153 housing ...

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12 January 2016  

The Quds intifada: Issues, positions, challenges and prospects - An…

on Palestine-Israel

There have been numerous analyses of the current conflagration raging in Palestine. We present here another such analysis. This one, however, is from within one of the Palestinian ...

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02 November 2015  

Changing the ‘status quo’ of Al-Aqsa?

on Palestine-Israel

By Afro-Middle East Centre The recent uprising in East Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank points to a clear disillusionment among Palestinian youth, largely caused by Israel’...

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07 December 2014  

Netanyahu’s political musical chairs

on Palestine-Israel

By Afro-Middle East Centre The dismissal of two cabinet ministers, Yair Lapid and Tzipi Libni, by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and the subsequent dissolution of parl...

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23 November 2014  

Tensions in Jerusalem: Demanding political measures not moral outrage

on Palestine-Israel

By Afro-Middle East Centre Tuesday’s attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem has not only elicited a strong wave of condemnation from western political leaders, but also har...

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07 August 2014  

Gaza’s challenges for journalism

on Palestine-Israel

By Jane Duncan In the past few weeks, the South African media have been dominated by the unfolding catastrophe in Gaza and South Africans have had to rely largely on foreign cover...

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15 March 2016  

GCC ‘terrorist Hizbullah’ declaration may backfire

on Iran

By Afro-Middle East Centre The decision by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on 2 March declaring Hizbullah a terrorist organisation is the latest in a string of moves by Saudi A...

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24 January 2016  

The nuclear deal’s impact on Iranian politics and society

on Iran

By Afro-Middle East Centre The International Atomic Energy Agency’s 16 January certification that Iran had complied with the provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (...

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22 September 2015  

No massive change expected in Iran-US relations after nuclear deal

on Iran

By Afro-Middle East Centre Relations between the two countries were non-existent since the 1979 Islamic revolution and the subsequent US embassy hostage crisis which resulted in ...

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28 August 2015  

Does Pakistan’s refusal to join Saudi Arabia in Yemen indicate…

on Iran

By Afro-Middle East Centre Allegedly, the current Saudi-led onslaught on Yemen has already caused destruction that resembles the destruction wrought in Syria over the la...

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17 July 2015  

Regional consequences of the Iranian nuclear deal

on Iran

By Afro-Middle East Centre The agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme concluded this week seems to be an example of the benefits of concerted diplomacy. Once it is ratified b...

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31 March 2015  

An agreement of Iran’s nuclear programme: convergence but not detente

on Iran

By Afro-Middle East Centre With the 31 March deadline for the conclusion of a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme with the P5+1 looming, stakeholders have increa...

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13 September 2014  

Obama’s anti-IS strategy: Everything but what is required

on Iraq

By Afro-Middle East Centre In a much-anticipated speech on Wednesday, US president Barack Obama unveiled his strategy for confronting the Islamic State group (IS). He emphasised t...

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26 June 2014  

IRAQ: Isis has credibility crisis

on Iraq

By Omar Shaukat ISIS the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Levant), has burst dramatically onto the Iraqi scene in recent weeks, as it has captured one town after another. It has...

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19 June 2014  

Rapid gains of ISIS in Iraq the result of a…

on Iraq

By Afro-Middle East Centre Almost three years after the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, the country is suffering the dramatic rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS...

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25 April 2014  

Is Iraq facing a third Maliki term?

on Iraq

By Maryim Benraad Election challenges, political fragmentation During the past decade, three national elections in Iraq have aimed at building a democracy out of the ruins of the...

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05 May 2013  

Iraq’s slide to sectarianism: disenfranchisement and power politics

on Iraq

By Afro-Middle East Centre The clashes currently occurring in various areas in Iraq, which left over 180 people dead in the past week, threaten the stability and territorial integ...

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08 April 2010  

Reading into the 2010 Iraqi Election Results

on Iraq

By Basheer Moosa Nafi In the recent Iraqi elections, the Al-Iraqiya alliance secured a victory over the list of the State of Law coalition by only two seats. This is not a signifi...

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21 May 2016  

Syria talks gloss over inconsistencies in ceasefire and aid delivery

on Syria

By Afro-Middle East Centre The International Syria Support Group (ISSG) met in Vienna on 17 May to discuss the ongoing civil war in Syria. The group of seventeen countries, chaire...

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19 March 2016  

Russia's 'withdrawal' from Syria: Has Putin realised his objectives?

on Syria

By Afro-Middle East Centre Russian President Vladimir Putin shocked many with his announcement on 14 March that his 8 000-strong expeditionary force in Syria would begin a gr...

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09 March 2016  

Despite Syria ceasefire, fighting and starvation continues ahead of planned…

on Syria

By Afro-Middle East Centre As various parties to the Syrian crisis, including the United Nations, Russia, and the United States, prepare for ‘proximity talks’ to take place this w...

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11 October 2015  

A game changer? Russia’s military involvement in the Syrian crisis

on Syria

By Afro-Middle East Centre Russia’s military involvement in Syria, from the beginning of its aerial bombing on 30 September until the launch of cruise missiles its ships in the Ca...

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07 August 2015  

How BRICS bank can help in Syria's humanitarian crisis

on Syria

By Na'eem Jeenah Last week, Brics leaders formalised the establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB), which will use its $100 billion (R1.24 trillion) in initial capital to fu...

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18 May 2015  

Will the Syrian regime survive?

on Syria

By Afro-Middle East Centre Following recent rebel advances and regime defeats in Syria, speculation has been rife among commentators and some among the opposition about whether th...

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12 November 2015  

Hizbullah: Stronger domestically, less influential regionally

on Lebanon

By Afro-Middle East Centre Beginnings Hizbullah was established in 1982, at the height of Lebanon’s fifteen-year civil war, to protect Lebanon’s Shi'a community which, at the tim...

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03 September 2010  

Politics surrounding the tribunal for Lebanon

on Lebanon

By Lamis Andoni  The 2005 assassination of Lebanon's Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was followed by the launching of an international investigation into the assassination, and t...

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26 July 2010  

The dangers of the UNIFIL crisis

on Lebanon

By Lamis Andoni Four years after the end of the Lebanon war, the role of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which had been entrusted with keeping the peace bet...

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01 December 2008  

Book Review: Mirror of the Arab World: Lebanon in Conflict…

on Lebanon

Reviewed by Na'eem Jeenah Sandra Mackey sets herself a few tasks for this book. Firstly, she expects to give the reader an overview of the contemporary situation in Lebanon and to...

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25 May 2016  

Passionate supporters, now Egypt’s new ‘dissidents’

on Egypt

By Afro-Middle East Centre Protests by Egypt’s main journalist syndicate and Egyptians previously loyal to the military regime point to increasing opposition to President Abdel-Fa...

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16 April 2016  

Islands for aid: A deal between Cairo, Riyadh, Tel Aviv…

on Egypt

By Afro-Middle East Centre The recent handing over of two islands – Tiran and Sanafir – to Saudi Arabia by the Egyptian government emphasises that the Sisi regime remains so in ne...

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22 January 2016  

The economic collapse in Egypt

on Egypt

By Yehia Hamid All economic indicators in Egypt point to the fact that the country has entered a phase of serious economic collapse, for which it and its people will pay for man...

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26 August 2015  

Sisi’s Egypt: The illusion of stability and the perpetuation of…

on Egypt

By Al-Jazeera Centre for Studies   Late on Sunday, 25 January 2015, hundreds of protests broke in various Egyptian cities and towns, followed by attacks on public administra...

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04 July 2015  

Egypt moves closer to the abyss

on Egypt

By Afro-Middle East Centre Egypt’s cabinet passed new draconian ‘anti-terrorism’ laws on Wednesday, in the wake of Monday’s assassination of the prosecutor...

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25 May 2015  

Mursi’s death sentence and the creation of a self-fulfilling prophecy

on Egypt

By Afro-Middle East Centre The recent sentencing to death of former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi and 121 others illustrates the farcical and politicised nature of the Egyptian...

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16 May 2014  

Negotiations and military action to free Nigerian schoolgirls

on Morocco

By Afro-Middle East Centre The abduction of 276 schoolgirls from a high school in Chibok, northern Nigeria, and the Nigerian government’s responses, provides insight into th...

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10 August 2011  

Popular upsurge and political pacts in Morocco

on Morocco

By Anouar Boukhars The making of the 2011 constitution in Morocco has renewed debates and theoretical curiosity about the trajectory of elite accords and their impact on pushing c...

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24 May 2011  

Prospects for change in the Kingdom of Morocco

on Morocco

By Mohamed Darif As with other Arab countries, a wave of protests calling for change is sweeping across Morocco. These protests have largely been inspired by the Tunisian and Egyp...

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28 July 2015  

Tunisia’s security crisis and government’s inability to cope

on Tunisia

By Al Jazeera Centre for Studies On Friday, 26 June, Tunisia witnessed the deadliest armed attack in its history, leaving thirty-eight people, mostly British tourists, dead, and t...

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14 November 2014  

Ennahda’s post-election future

on Tunisia

By Afro-Middle East Centre During the four years following former president Ben Ali’s ouster in January 2011, Tunisians have experienced tumultuous changes: the economy has ...

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17 October 2014  

Analysing Tunisia’s first post-revolutionary legislative elections

on Tunisia

By Abdul Latif al-Hanachi Introduction Tunisia’s political elite overcame various obstacles during the initial stages of democratic transition, and successfully revived sev...

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21 February 2013  

Ennahda clings on to power amid political crisis in Tunisia

on Tunisia

By Afro-Middle East Centre   The resignation of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali on 19 February is just the latest development in a protracted political crisis in Tunisia. For m...

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04 November 2011  

Flowering of the Arab Spring: Understanding Tunisia’s elections results

on Tunisia

By Esam Al-Amin In early 1994 a small Islamic think tank affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) planned an academic forum to host Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of t...

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27 September 2011  

Tunisia: The battle for the Constituent Assembly

on Tunisia

By AlJazeera Centre for Studies Whether foreseen or unexpected, the continuing developments in Tunisia's political arena do not cease to surprise observers. With the approaching e...

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21 December 2015  

UN’s Libya Government of National Accord: Refusing to learn from…

on Libya

By Afro-Middle East Centre The recently-signed agreement between sections from Libya’s warring factions will likely have little impact as most Libyan political players and mil...

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22 June 2015  

The Islamic State in Libya: Slipping through the cracks of…

on Libya

By Kamal Al-Kusayyar Libya is the Islamic State (IS) group’s third largest bastion after Syria and Iraq. The group’s actual head count in the country notwithstanding, ...

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27 February 2015  

Libya’s IS is overhyped and must be addressed politically

on Libya

By Afro-Middle East Centre The 15 February Islamic State group (IS) video showing the beheadings of twenty-one Egyptians raised concerns both about the possibility of the group&rs...

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25 June 2012  

The rights of refugees: Continued humanitarian violations in Libya

on Libya

By Zeenat Sujee The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) uprisings have brought to the fore numerous human rights issues. Several studies1 have found that a number of countries are...

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17 March 2011  

Gaddafi's regime in relation to Libyan tribes

on Libya

By Mansouria Mokhefi For centuries, tribes have played a key role in terms of politics and social relations within Libya, and have ensured their perpetuation through the Bedouin c...

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13 March 2011  

Role of the Libyan army and the anti-Gaddafi revolt

on Libya

By Saïd Haddad In spite of the atmosphere of suspicion which has surrounded the Libyan armed forces since the Al-Fateh Revolution of October 1969, it has played and could pla...

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28 April 2015  

Nigeria’s elections and future challenges

on Sub-Saharan Africa

By Afro-Middle East Centre The election of General Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president will see a renewed focus by the government on domestic challenges posed by endemic...

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26 September 2013  

Kenyan hostage crisis: The desperation of al-Shabab

on Sub-Saharan Africa

By Afro-Middle East Centre The hostage drama at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi over the past week has raised a number of questions about the Somali organisation al-Shabab. After the...

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23 January 2013  

French military intervention will add to Mali’s problems

on Sub-Saharan Africa

By Afro-Middle east Centre   The north of Africa was plunged into yet another international conflict with France’s invasion of Mali on Friday, 11 January. Without im...

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26 October 2012  

The effects of the ‘War on Terror’ on states’ foreign…

on Sub-Saharan Africa

By Afro-Middle East Centre Recent statements that ‘there is no alternative….it’s going to take military force’, made by Jack Christofides, a senior offici...

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17 September 2009  

Abstract : ‘Jihad’ as a form of struggle in the…

on Sub-Saharan Africa

by Na'eem Jeenah   Muslim opposition to colonialism and apartheid in South Africa began soon after the arrival of the first Muslims in the Cape Colony in the mid-17th Centur...

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31 March 2012  

The feasibility of a continued United States presence in Afghanistan

on South Asia

By Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn Recent events in Afghanistan have fuelled speculation over the ability of international forces to continue their presence in the coun...

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28 February 2012  

Dangerous uncertainty in Pakistan

on South Asia

By Junaid S. Ahmed With relations between Pakistan's civilian government and military incredibly tense, speculation is rife in the Pakistani and international media of a looming m...

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30 May 2011  

Pakistan-US relations in the post-Osama era

on South Asia

By Junaid S. Ahmad The assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by US Special Forces was supposed to have been a landmark triumph that would bring peace and stability to the r...

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13 December 2010  

Kashmir and Obama's Indian appeasement

on South Asia

By Mohammad Abdullah Gul Obama's recent jive with school children in Delhi symbolises the nature of the new relationship that is emerging between India and the United States of Am...

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13 September 2010  

Pakistan’s floods: Pressing problems and potential risks

on South Asia

By Najam Abbas Pakistan's recent floods have left eight million people dependent on aid for their survival, and washed away huge swathes of the rich farmland on which the country...

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06 September 2010  

Wikileaks, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

on South Asia

By Mohammed Abdullah Gul  On 25 July 2010, the New York Timescarried an explosive story by Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez, Eric Schmitt and Andrew W. Lehren about some 92,000 cla...

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13 February 2015  

Death of a Saudi king: Palace intrigue and policy implications

on The Gulf

By Afro-Middle East Centre The death of Saudi King Abdullah on 23 January, and the ascension to the throne of his half-brother Salman have generated a flurry of discussions and sp...

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27 March 2014  

Saudi-Qatari tensions and implications for the Persian Gulf

on The Gulf

By Afro-Middle East Centre Tensions are increasing between Qatar on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the other. In the latest dispute...

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18 April 2012  

Qatar piggy-backs on MENA uprisings towards regional ascendancy

on The Gulf

By Afro-Middle East Centre The uprisings that spread across the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region from the beginning of 2011 not only caught global and regional powers unawar...

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04 November 2011  

Women's participation in the political life of Saudi Arabia: Here…

on The Gulf

ByAbdulazizAl-Heis The decision to allow women to participate in the Shura Council and municipal councils of Saudi Arabia is an important step forward, especially given that Saudi...

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11 October 2011  

Bahrain: Democracy on the wrong side of global interests

on The Gulf

By Afro-Middle East Centre Introduction Despite the chronic under-reporting on popular protests in Bahrain, the uprising in the small Gulf state that left over thirty dead and hu...

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29 August 2011  

Yemen on the brink: The implications of the uprising

on The Gulf

By Afro-Middle East Centre The uprising in Yemen that started in January 2011 was largely inspired by the popular protests that swept the region - in particular the Egyptian and T...

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14 May 2016  

The Paradox of Survival and Expansion: How the Islamic State…

on Political Islam

Omar Ashour This paper examines the reasons for the military steadfastness of the Islamic State group (IS) in the face of local and international forces that are larger in numbers...

Read more

19 December 2015  

ISIS in Africa: Reality far different from IS propaganda

on Political Islam

By Afro-Middle East Centre The revelation that the alleged mastermind of the 13 November Paris attacks claimed by the Islamic State group (IS) was of Moroccan descent, the tur...

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20 July 2015  

Remaining and expanding: Measuring the Islamic State group’s success in…

on Political Islam

By Afro-Middle East Centre Since its declaration of a ‘caliphate’ on 29 June 2014, the Islamic State group (IS), the brutal successor to al-Qa'ida, has gone from stren...

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31 January 2012  

The rise of 'Ikhwanophobia': Fear of the Muslim Brotherhood

on Political Islam

By Dr. Mohsen Saleh Introduction Fear of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwanal-Muslimoon), the leading Islamist movement, has gained unprecedented international prominence since the b...

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23 February 2010  

Dialogue with the Taliban: Negotiation or inducement?

on Political Islam

By AlJazeera Centre for Studies The London Conference, held at the end of January 2010 in recognition of, and support for, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, was the sixth internati...

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11 February 2010  

Al-Qa'ida Hot Spots

on Political Islam

By AlJazeera Centre for Studies At the end of the phase known as the "Afghan Jihad", most Arabs and Muslims who participated in the Afghan war returned to their homelands. Some fo...

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21 November 2015  

The Paris attacks: Aftermath and the Islamic State group’s future

on 'War on terror'

By Afro-Middle East Centre The terror unleashed on Paris streets on 13 November reverberated throughout the world. From the G20 summit in Antalya to social media debates about how...

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28 May 2010  

Al-Qaeda in the New National Security Strategy

on 'War on terror'

By Mark Lynch The Obama administration's new National Security Strategy has been released today. It goes a long way towards providing a coherent framework for American foreign pol...

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16 February 2010  

Pakistan’s attitude towards Obama’s plan to negotiate with the Taliban

on 'War on terror'

By Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gilani U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to negotiate with the Taliban in Afghanistan has generally been welcomed in Pakistan. It is being seen as a vindication...

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07 February 2010  

Mission Absolute: American hegemony in space

on 'War on terror'

By Sourav Roy Come April 2010, officials from the sleepy Polish municipality of Morag will be gearing up for perhaps their most critical assignment in the new decade. Their job wi...

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Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas on Wednesday. The result of the vote is expected on Thursday. The election is going ahead independently of a U.N. led peace process a...

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02 January 2016  

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22 November 2015  

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