The Pandemic Must End Our Complacency

2020 Jun 22

With an economic downturn as severe as the Great Depression and political conditions similar to those in the run-up to World War I, an international system built on globalization now hangs in the balance.


The New Three-Dimensional Political Situation in Iraq: An Iraqi Point of View

2020 May 30

These developments come after important events in the political scene during the past two years. The most important of which is Irans loss of its soft power, which has long helped it win the Shiite street in Iraq.


Disengaged of shrine brigades from the Popular Mobilization Authority (PMA): other factions fears

2020 May 28

The PMF units was created in 2014 following a fatwa, or religious call to action, from Sistani, to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) after its occupation of large areas in northwestern Iraq. At the begging, all of the PMF units are armed groups following Al


China Is Its Own Worst Enemy

2020 May 27

Had Chinese President Xi Jinpings communist regime been wise, it would have sought to repair the pandemic-inflicted damage to Chinas image by showing empathy and compassion to other countries.


Iran is retreating from the Iraqi political scene

2020 May 23

Under pressure, the Islamic Republic is reassessing its strategy and telling allied factions that Tehran will mostly leave politics to the Iraqis


Why Travel Bans Fail to Stop Pandemics

2020 May 18

Hasty Border Closures Invite Chaos—and Can Seed New Outbreaks


COVID-19's class divide creates new political risks

2020 May 04

The disparity was highlighted in April when stock markets enjoyed a banner month even as 22 million people were added to the unemployment rolls.


The Coronavirus Could Reshape Global Order

2020 Apr 12

China Is Maneuvering for International Leadership as the United States Falters


How Will the Coronavirus Crisis Affect Your Middle Eastern Focus Area in the Coming Months?

2020 Apr 07

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.


How Would You Explain the Recent Spate of Arrests in Saudi Arabia?

2020 Mar 28

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.


The relationship between Iraq and the US is in danger of collapse. That can’t happen.

2020 Mar 23

It would a tragic shame if it ended. For Iraqis, the American presence is hugely beneficial as a counterweight to Iran and ISIS. Americans are also helpful with Iraqi internal politics—especially in regard to sectarian divisions in the security forces


Implications of the Saudi Corruption Arrests

2020 Mar 20

The latest crackdown appears to have targeted senior defense and interior officials, spurring speculation that they are linked to previously detained princes rumored to be plotting a coup.


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