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20 September 2020  

Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq anger Baghdad and expose relations…

on Iraq

Turkish airstrikes against the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in northern Iraq last month attracted the attention of regional and international players and angered Iraq’s...

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11 September 2020  

As Washington retreats, eastern Mediterranean conflict further marginalises NATO

on Turkey

By Ramzy Baroud The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has largely become  an alliance in name alone. Recent events notwithstanding, the conflict brewing over ter...

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05 September 2020  

Internal wrangling dampens optimism of Libyan ceasefire

on Libya

Disputes within Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), highlighted last week by the suspension of the interior minister, Fathi Bashagha, suggests a power struggle w...

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31 August 2020  

UAE’s normalisation with Israel follows years of secret relations

on United Arab Emirates

Within days of the United Arab Emirates and Israel signing a deal to normalise relations, the UAE indefinitely postponed a ceremonial signing eventthat was to be held wit...

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26 August 2020  

It is not IS driving the Cabo Delgado war

on General Topics

By Joseph Hanlon There is growing pressure in South Africa for military intervention in the insurgency in Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique. But the government needs to...

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03 August 2020  

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the changing balance of power…

on Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s announcement on 21 July that it had already filled its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) to its first year’s target has temporarily quelled tensions ...

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20 September 2020  

Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq anger Baghdad and expose relations…

on Iraq

Turkish airstrikes against the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in northern Iraq last month attracted the attention of regional and international players and angered Iraq’s...

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11 September 2020  

As Washington retreats, eastern Mediterranean conflict further marginalises NATO

on Turkey

By Ramzy Baroud The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has largely become  an alliance in name alone. Recent events notwithstanding, the conflict brewing over ter...

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05 September 2020  

Internal wrangling dampens optimism of Libyan ceasefire

on Libya

Disputes within Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), highlighted last week by the suspension of the interior minister, Fathi Bashagha, suggests a power struggle w...

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31 August 2020  

UAE’s normalisation with Israel follows years of secret relations

on United Arab Emirates

Within days of the United Arab Emirates and Israel signing a deal to normalise relations, the UAE indefinitely postponed a ceremonial signing eventthat was to be held wit...

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03 August 2020  

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the changing balance of power…

on Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s announcement on 21 July that it had already filled its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) to its first year’s target has temporarily quelled tensions ...

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29 July 2020  

Tunisia’s political discord: Crisis of democratisation?

on Tunisia

By Larbi Sadiki and Layla Saleh Introduction: A Turbulent Transition For the third time in six months, Tunisia’s political elites are scrambling to form a new government. This la...

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11 September 2020  

As Washington retreats, eastern Mediterranean conflict further marginalises NATO

on Turkey

By Ramzy Baroud The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has largely become  an alliance in name alone. Recent events notwithstanding, the conflict brewing over ter...

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26 July 2020  

Syria’s conflict continues amidst a never-ending political quagmire

on Syria

Despite relative calm in fighting in many parts of Syria, the north-western Idlib province has been under heavy Russian and Syrian government bombardment after a March 2020 ce...

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17 July 2020  

Nelson Mandela Lecture: Converting South Africa’s solidarity with Palestine into…

on Palestine-Israel

Virtual Nelson Mandela Lecture, hosted by the National Council of Provinces, Parliament of South AfricaTheme: Each one Teach One: The Power to Transform the World: Mandela in Conve...

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28 June 2020  

PA Political circus: Why Abbas must hand over the PLO…

on Palestine

By Ramzy Baroud The painful truth is that the Palestinian Authority (PA) of President Mahmoud Abbas has already ceased to exist as a political body that holds much sway or relevan...

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18 June 2020  

The ‘Palestinian Chair’: Israel’s direct role in US police violence

on Israel

By Ramzy Baroud The banning of deadly police practices by many American states and cities following the murder of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hand...

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08 May 2020  

New Israeli government finally formed, prepares to annex West Bank…

on Israel

By Ran Greenstein When the Israeli Parliament dissolved itself in December 2018 and scheduled elections for April 2019, no one expected that it would take a full year to form a ne...

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20 September 2020  

Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq anger Baghdad and expose relations…

on Iraq

Turkish airstrikes against the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in northern Iraq last month attracted the attention of regional and international players and angered Iraq’s...

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31 August 2020  

UAE’s normalisation with Israel follows years of secret relations

on United Arab Emirates

Within days of the United Arab Emirates and Israel signing a deal to normalise relations, the UAE indefinitely postponed a ceremonial signing eventthat was to be held wit...

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12 May 2020  

What UAE seeks to gain from the Covid-19 crisis

on United Arab Emirates

By Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Crashing oil prices and further economic woes from the coronavirus outbreak are hitting the Middle East region hard, with many countr...

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24 April 2020  

The conservative victory in Iran’s parliamentary elections

on Iran

By Ali Fathollah-Nejad * Iran’s 21 February parliamentary (Majlis) elections, which took place amid massive internal and external challenges to the state, ended wit...

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06 February 2020  

Increased USA-Iran tensions after Soleimani's assassination and their regional impact

on Iran

The US assassination, on 3 January 2020, of Major-General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), greatly intensi...

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21 December 2019  

Iraqi protests threaten political establishment

on Iraq

Despite the resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on 30 November 2019, protests in Iraq endure, with protester demands having evolved to include calls for ...

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05 September 2020  

Internal wrangling dampens optimism of Libyan ceasefire

on Libya

Disputes within Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), highlighted last week by the suspension of the interior minister, Fathi Bashagha, suggests a power struggle w...

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29 July 2020  

Tunisia’s political discord: Crisis of democratisation?

on Tunisia

By Larbi Sadiki and Layla Saleh Introduction: A Turbulent Transition For the third time in six months, Tunisia’s political elites are scrambling to form a new government. This la...

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09 July 2020  

For Tunisian protesters, democracy is not enough

on Tunisia

By Larbi Sadiki  Since 2017, Tunisia’s interior and south have witnessed a wave of ongoing protests, characterised by the slogan ‘al-rakh la’, meaning ‘No Relenting’. These p...

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20 June 2020  

Foreign interests paramount in Libyan war

on Libya

The Libyan conflict has endured for years despite numerous failed attempts at mediating a solution by the UN, African Union, and even Turkey and Italy. A 2011 arms embargo&nbs...

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12 June 2020  

Libya’s zero-sum politics and defiance of legitimacy – Part 2

on Libya

by Mohammed Cherkaoui Retired general Khalifa Haftar stated that his ‘Libyan National Army (LNA)’ had a ‘popular mandate’ to rule Libya and vowed to press his assault to seize Tri...

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09 June 2020  

Libya’s zero-sum politics and defiance of legitimacy – Part 1

on Libya

by Mohammed Cherkaoui Several puzzling questions have emerged in the volatile Arab geopolitical environment after two major developments occurred within less than forty-eight...

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03 August 2020  

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the changing balance of power…

on Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s announcement on 21 July that it had already filled its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) to its first year’s target has temporarily quelled tensions ...

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20 July 2020  

Mali’s instability resulting from corruption, militancy and foreign interference

on Sub-Saharan Africa

Recent protests in Mali pose the greatest threat to the regime of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who has led Mali since 2013. Endemic corruption, Keita’s failure to curb the mil...

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12 October 2018  

Ethiopia, Eritrea: An unlikely peace deal in a fractious region

on Ethiopia

The recent peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea, signed 16 September 2018, is set to have lasting consequences for both countries and for the Horn of Africa ...

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06 April 2017  

Ensuring Somalia remains in conflict: Trump’s expanded ‘war on terror’

on Somalia

By Afro-Middle East Centre The 29 March decision by the administration of US president Donald Trump declaring Somalia an ‘area of active hostility’ will likely ensure an escalatio...

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10 October 2016  

South Sudan: Beyond the logjam of UNSC Resolution 2304

on South Sudan

By Majak D’Agoôt and Remember Miamingi No country is entirely self-contained or lacking in interdependencies. These interlocking interests form the critical part of any country’s ...

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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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23 April 2019  

India in Kashmir: Risking peace as an antidote to war

on South Asia

By Ranjan Solomon On 14 February 2019, a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber ...

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28 August 2015  

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

on Pakistan

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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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-USA relations in the post-Usama 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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26 April 2017  

IS reorganising to face new challenges

on Political Islam

Reports in January 2017 that the leader of the Islamic State group (IS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had been killed, reports that he had been captured by Russian troops in Syria, and th...

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07 March 2017  

IS in Africa: Containment and fragmentation

on Political Islam

By Afro-Middle East Centre With the Islamic State group (IS) losing territory in Syria and Iraq, many believe that the group will use the territory it controls in Africa as a fall...

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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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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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18 February 2018  

Africa and the problem of foreign military bases

on 'War on terror'

At the establishment of the African Union (AU) in May 2001, discourses about human security and counter terrorism were ubiquitous both globally and on the continent. In Africa, the...

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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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16 September 2020  

Middle-East | UAE, Bahrain and Israel normalise relations…

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have become the latest Arab States to sign an agreement normalizing relations with Israel in what is viewed as a strategic realignment of countries in the Middle E...

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15 September 2020  

Iranian 'plot' to kill US ambassador to SA…

US expert Brooks Spector speculates US intel may have picked up informal chatter, but is unlikely to be a formal Iranian plot. US magazine Politico reported allegations of an attempted plot to assass...

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18 August 2020  

Israel, UAE agree to establish diplomatic relations: Matshidiso…

To understand how divisions have further deepened after Israel and the UAE agreed on Thursday to establish diplomatic relations in a United States-brokered deal, we have asked an expert on the matter...

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07 July 2020  

Eleven South Africans were reportedly among a group…

Azhar Vadi talks to Naeem Jeenah, Director of Afro Middle East Centre.

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