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After Saleh, Yemen is descending into anarchy

  • The prospects of peace in Yemen have receded, as the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has not significantly changed the balance of power between the contending forces in the country. The Yemeni people have suffered as a result of years of instability caused by widespread civil con...
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Turkey complicates the Syrian imbroglio

  • Turkish armed forces, backed by their Syrian opposition allies, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), are making slow progress in their month-long attempt to take the northern Syrian town of Afrin from the Kurds under the mis-named Operation Olive Branch. At least 31 Turkish soldiers have been killed and...
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America’s Iran sanctions complicate Iraqi politics

  • Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Haider Abadi has had a difficult fortnight. On Aug. 7, US President Donald Trump reinstated sanctions on Iran following America’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. The president’s executive order banned the use of US dollars by Iran and barred imports of Ira...
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Syria’s future far from certain despite Daesh’s defeat

  •   Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces take a celebratory selfie after the defeat of Daesh in Baghouz. (AFP) The month of March has seen a number of developments that will have a lasting impact on Syrian affairs.  Early in the month, Russia and Turkey entered into a new...
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Iraq faces fresh uncertainties in wake of PM’s resignation

  • At an emergency session on Sunday, the Iraqi Parliament accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. The PM offered to resign within hours of a public rebuke from Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, who castigated the government for its “clear failure” in dealing with the public agi...
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Syria and Turkey may benefit from Idlib quagmire

  • Last Tuesday, Syrian forces took the town of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in Idlib province, thus bringing under government control the M5 highway that links Damascus with Aleppo. This capture marks a major success for Bashar Assad’s forces after several months of regaining territories lost to rebels. Idl...
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Turkish-Russian tensions over Syria about to come to a head

  • Turkey’s brinkmanship, which has characterized its diplomacy in Syria, has exhausted its value. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now has to decide on his crucial next steps: Accommodation with the Syrian government and its ally, Russia, or a war that could alienate Turkey from Moscow, its politic...
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China and India should stop competing and work together

  • China is today the world’s largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity; in terms of market exchange rates it is expected to overtake the US by 2030. Its spectacular economic success has been largely fueled by oil and gas: its share in global oil consumption rose from 4 percent in 1993 to...
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The opportunities and dangers of Iraq’s post-Daesh election

  • Iraq will in May elect members to its Council of Representatives, which will decide the future shape of a country that has endured war, occupation and external interference for nearly 40 years. This period of conflict may be ending: Prime Minister Haider Abadi declared victory over Daesh in July...
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Arab leaders boosted by Putin’s backing at Helsinki summit

  • While policymakers and commentators are still trying to understand what happened at the Helsinki summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin last week and what it means for the Middle East, some matters have become clear.  Before the summit, the US and I...
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