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Manuel Almeida

Manuel Almeida, PhD, is a visiting fellow at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where his research focuses on social contract in the Arab state and its impact on governance and sustainable development. He is also partner at Firma, covering emerging markets and geopolitical risk. Twitter: @_ManuelAlmeida

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Federation plan should be top priority in Yemen

This week has seen an atmosphere of relative normality return to Aden, following a few days of intense fighting between the separatist Southern Resistance Forces and army units and militias loyal to Yemen’s internationally-recognized government.

February 08, 2018

The multiple drivers of Turkey’s Syria offensive

Last week, Turkey’s armed forces launched “Operation Olive Branch” — a full-scale military offensive into Kurdish-controlled Afrin in northern Syria.

February 01, 2018

Turkey’s contentious move in Arab states’ backyard

Last June, when Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE cut relations with Qatar and imposed various punitive measures, Turkey’s parliament fast-tracked a bill allowing the stationing of troops in Qatar.

January 12, 2018

Tehran’s radical adventurism abroad

For over a week now, Iranians have been witnessing the most significant demonstrations in their country since the Green Revolution of 2009.

January 06, 2018

Iraq’s promising but fragile gains of 2017

The “chamber of horrors” that was Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, where state-sponsored killings, torture and forced disappearances were common practice, is described with chilling detail in “Republic of Fear.” Its author, the controversial British-Iraqi Kanan Makiya, was an influential voice in support o

December 22, 2017

There is no place for a Hezbollah clone in Yemen

The death of Ali Abdullah Saleh has opened a new chapter in Yemen’s conflict, depriving the Zaidi militants of their once powerful ally.

December 15, 2017

Houthis may ultimately regret killing their old foe

It was from an uncharacteristic position of weakness that the late Ali Abdullah Saleh announced last Saturday the breakup of his three-year old pact with the Houthis.

December 07, 2017

Assad's continuity sets a new low for the region

In the remarkable book “In Praise of Hatred,” the young narrator imagined by Khaled Khalifa journeys through the streets of Aleppo. She describes in detail how Syria’s commercial and cultural hub, once a key point of passage of the old Silk Road, has changed.

November 30, 2017