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  • People, Power and Protest the Egyptian Revolution and the Arab World

    People are making an alternative history while revolution is sweeping across the Arab world. Since the fall of Hosni Mubarak on 11 February 2011, the unfolding pre-democracy protests and uprisings shook the Middle East and North Africa. The shock waves of Arab uprisings are rocking authoritarian regimes from Bahrain to Libya. Although Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

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  • Iraq: The Strategic Lessons of Chilcot

    “The danger is, as ever with these things, unintended consequences” Prime Minister Tony Blair, 2002 It is 12 volumes and 2.6 million words in length and took 7 years to prepare. Yesterday afternoon I spent reading the 150 pages of the Executive Summary of Sir John Chilcot’s magnus opus The Iraq Enquiry. The strategic implications

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  • BBC Accused of Bias on Aleppo

    By Patrick  Ward* and Salwa Amor** Anti-regime activists in Syria have accused the BBC of bias after the broadcaster used footage of the aftermath of a government attack on rebel-held Aleppo while reporting the attack took place on regime-controlled areas. The news reports in question are also alleged to have exaggerated deaths in regime areas.

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  • Iraq Analysis: Prime Minister Caught Between Status Quo & A Cleric

    In Iraq, the menace of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Sadrist Movement, has reared its head again, posing serious challenges to Prime Minister Abadi and his plans for government reform. For several months, Abadi’s efforts to fight corruption and replace incompetent ministers with technocrats have faced resistance from entrenched interests from all

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  • Saudi’s Stance on Mediation Undermines Muslim institutions

    The conflict in Yemen is a multi-sided civil war rather than a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and that needs to be recognised before mediation can be made to work. All the protagonists claim that they are fighting a regional war and a battle for influence against each other. Mediation is needed and

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  • The Iranian Role in Iraq is Underreported

    News reports tell us that negotiations have been delayed between the U.S. and Iran on nuclear weapons. But the reports divert our attention on Al Qaeda/ISIS while supporting the Shia’s diversion of US supplies and support away from the Sunnis trying to fight Al Qaeda/ISIS. The reported deaths of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) general

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  • In Syria: Towards The Elections

    Dr. Dilek YİGİT Being a result of both internal and external factors and these factors’s mutual interactions, a three-year-lasting civil war has come to a dead end in Syria. On one hand, contrary to what’s going on in Tunisia and Egypt, Assad’s regime fiercely resisting against so-called Arab Spring and an opposition not being able

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  • Changing Equations In The Middle East

    Dr. Dilek YİĞİT It is known that there are certain opinions about 2013 not been a good year in terms of Turkey’s foreign policy. Based on the developments in the Middle East such as civil war, conflicts and increases in the regional instability which took place during a period called “The Arab Spring”, opinions concerning

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  • Constraints on Aid Conditionality: The case of the European Commission and the Palestinian Authority

    The international community has come in for a great deal of criticism in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and especially within the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since the 1967 war.  The donors who dominate the international community are accused of shaping and dictating the development of Palestinian political, economic and social life. BY DR

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  • Syria’s Propaganda War

    Both sides in the Syrian conflict — and all the Middle Eastern powers — are manipulating events and rumours for their own purposes. Media access to hard facts is limited where it exists at all, and anyway most media want a simple, sympathetic narrative, and want it now BY ANTONIN AMADO and MARC DE MIRAMON

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  • Syria Divides the Arab Left

    The violence deepens and spreads. Yet unlike Egypt and Tunisia, the Syrian revolt has not had unanimous support from the Arab left. There is a split between those who sympathise with the protestors’ demands and those who fear foreign interference, both political and military. BY NICOLAS DOT-POUILLARD | AUGUST 01, 2012 Last August the Lebanese

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  • Israel’s Fear of Democracy in the Middle East

    This month Egypt, known as the “mother of the Arab world” will, for the first time, hold a free and transparent Presidential election. This election will have a great impact both regionally and internationally not least upon its neighbour Israel. BY Dr. MARWAN DARWEISH | June 2012 In the last few decades Israel has wasted no

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