Turkey’s intervention in northeast Syria and the withdrawal of U.S. troops has created upheaval in the region, forcing Kurds to renegotiate gains and alliances.
Under the leadership of Josep Borrell, the newly-nominated High Representative of the European Union, the EU will continue its reactionary political approach to the Middle East peace process.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are trying to downplay concerns about a rift over Yemen, despite their divergent military tactics and positions on South Yemeni independence.
Military infighting between secessionist groups and forces aligned with Hadi’s government in southern Yemen reflect the deep fissures in the country’s political and military landscapes.
The Gulf’s changing security could have serious economic implications as the U.S. continues to disengage from the region.
Abu Dhabi and Riyadh see a natural partnership with Modi’s government, a cooperation that could change the dynamics of the South Asian-Gulf nexus.
Sisi prioritizes large-scale infrastructure projects to galvanize support, but these projects deepen the military’s hold over the economy and provide no tangible broad economic benefit.
Haftar’s ability to frame coups as “wars on terror” ensures his international support, but masks a destructive manipulation of tribal dynamics.
The Kurdish leadership attempts to hold on to their stronghold in Northeastern Syria, but balancing Kurdish interests and Arab demands has become a challenge.
The EU’s relationship with the Moroccan government reinforces the political status quo at a time when a growing number of Moroccans appear to want change.
As the Sudanese government and the opposition have reached an agreement on a political transition, Moscow focuses on preserving its political and economic influence in Sudan.
The dramatic death of the former president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, on June 17th, reignited debate about the future of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and political Islam across the region.
As the Syrian government—with Russian assistance—consolidates its control over eastern Syria, Rukban camp’s IDPs face starvation or a return to violence.
Based on individual considerations and prevailing security and economic conditions, reinvestment in Syria will be limited and could have mixed effects.
Wary of local inequalities that could spur dissent, Abu Dhabi is aiming to instill nationalist sentiment in northern emirates through cultivating a military ethos.
The Houthis’ recent advances into southern and central Yemen reflect the country’s changing political landscape and the Yemeni government’s growing rift with the UAE.
The implementation of Vision 2030 is bypassing state institutions, creating a public policy crisis and further weakening government institutions.
The repression of political dissidents such as Ahmed Mansoor belies the UAE’s attempts to brand itself as a promoter of tolerance.
The UAE’s focus on developing a local defense industry highlights its goals of becoming a global arms supplier for niche markets.
The internal debates over new amendments in Egypt reveal the renewed struggle between the president and the military for political dominance.