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Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Amid the coronavirus, where are US-Gulf counterterrorism efforts headed?

As governments of the Gulf Arab states seek to meet the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID-19, extremists have hastened to find ways to exploit the crisis.

MENASource by Joze Pelayo

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Mapping Russia’s soft power efforts in Syria through humanitarian aid

By mapping where Russia’s Center for Reconciliation of Conflicting Sides in Syria has delivered aid over an 18-month period (between 2018 and 2020), a picture of Russia’s soft power tactics in Syria can be formed.

Blog Post by Marika Sosnowski and Jonathan Robinson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Libya’s crisis is a tough puzzle to solve for Egypt

Two elements are certain in this complex scenario. Firstly, Cairo will not fall into the trap of being drawn into an open proxy war in Libya, since it might have serious repercussions on the security of its porous borders, especially in the south. Secondly, Haftar’s next moves will effectively define whether the relations have cooled between him and Cairo or whether Libya is facing yet another aftershock in a marriage that is more tactical than strategic.

MENASource by Alessia Melcangi and Giuseppe Dentice

Conflict Crisis Management

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Gulf states should defend their sea lanes: Here’s how

The United States should play more of a supporting role with the Gulf states themselves providing more leadership and most, if not all of the forces.

Blog Post by Richard LeBaron, John W. Miller

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jun 16, 2020

The battlefield over West Bank annexation

Amid the international furor generated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan, few Palestinians believe they can prevent it, even if most countries consider the West Bank occupied territory.

MENASource by Jonathan H. Ferziger

Israel Middle East

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Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Amid the coronavirus, where are US-Gulf counterterrorism efforts headed?

As governments of the Gulf Arab states seek to meet the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID-19, extremists have hastened to find ways to exploit the crisis.

MENASource by Joze Pelayo

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Mapping Russia’s soft power efforts in Syria through humanitarian aid

By mapping where Russia’s Center for Reconciliation of Conflicting Sides in Syria has delivered aid over an 18-month period (between 2018 and 2020), a picture of Russia’s soft power tactics in Syria can be formed.

Blog Post by Marika Sosnowski and Jonathan Robinson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Libya’s crisis is a tough puzzle to solve for Egypt

Two elements are certain in this complex scenario. Firstly, Cairo will not fall into the trap of being drawn into an open proxy war in Libya, since it might have serious repercussions on the security of its porous borders, especially in the south. Secondly, Haftar’s next moves will effectively define whether the relations have cooled between him and Cairo or whether Libya is facing yet another aftershock in a marriage that is more tactical than strategic.

MENASource by Alessia Melcangi and Giuseppe Dentice

Conflict Crisis Management

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Gulf states should defend their sea lanes: Here’s how

The United States should play more of a supporting role with the Gulf states themselves providing more leadership and most, if not all of the forces.

Blog Post by Richard LeBaron, John W. Miller

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jun 16, 2020

The battlefield over West Bank annexation

Amid the international furor generated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan, few Palestinians believe they can prevent it, even if most countries consider the West Bank occupied territory.

MENASource by Jonathan H. Ferziger

Israel Middle East

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Sultan Haitham makes a strong start by addressing economic challenges

Sultan Haitham and his government have had to contend with the dual impact of the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of world oil prices, which the Omani government depends upon for most of its revenue.

Blog Post by Marc J. Sievers

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

The Cairo Declaration is a false resolution to Libya’s conflict

The so-called “Cairo Declaration,” backed by General Khalifa Haftar and Libya's parliamentary speaker Aguila Saleh, proposes an intra-Libyan resolution as a basis for resolving the country’s conflict.

Blog Post by Karim Mezran, Alessia Melcangi

Libya Middle East

Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Refugee conditions deteriorate amidst multiple crises in Lebanon

As multiple crises are simultaneously bearing down on Lebanon, its fragile humanitarian situation is nearing a breaking point.

Blog Post by Salman Husain and Diam Abou-Diab

Lebanon Middle East

Mon, Jun 1, 2020

Syrian opposition: Move, disband, or do the bidding of others

Recent events inside Syria pose a question: Can the Syrian opposition outside Syria play a constructive political role if the regime begins to wobble or topple?

MENASource by Frederic C. Hof

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, May 27, 2020

Twenty years after the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, Hezbollah faces host of challenges

The Israeli troop withdrawal was a moment of victory for Hezbollah, but the group has also placed the party in a quandary for the first time, which it has had to wrestle with before a growing audience of critics.

MENASource by Nicholas Blanford

Israel Lebanon