Military training cooperation has become a distinctive feature of the UAE’s foreign policy and a major tool for expanding geopolitical leverage.
It may seem as though Turkey’s burgeoning defense industry is zooming ahead; however, the industry faces an array of issues that could slow its long-term development.
Morocco’s recently enacted Right to Information Law is a potentially powerful tool in the hands of its citizens, but their ability to use it is still largely dependent on the government’s commitment to transparency and political will to enforce it.
The Egyptian government’s fiscal and economic policies are accelerating the transfer of wealth from lower and middle classes to itself and business elites, with likely devastating consequences.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is likely heading toward a confrontation with the Iran-backed paramilitaries, which could threaten his fledgling coalition.
The UAE-Israel deal sends the message that defying international law and consensus can become a useful bargaining tool to obtain strategic political and economic advantages.
Normalizing ties with Israel may facilitate Sudan’s removal from the US State Sponsors of Terrorism list, but risks strengthening military actors and former Bashir regime figures.
Following the emir’s recent health crisis, new questions emerge about who is jockeying for power and what succession scenarios may play out in the near future.
Although Israel/Palestine has two peoples with two different deeply rooted rights to the land, there is only one international consensus. Peace begins there.
The Hagia Sophia’s conversion from a museum into a mosque symbolizes a victory for Erdogan and Islamists beyond Turkey’s borders, while also endangering one of the world’s most important heritage sites.
While the Egyptian and Ethiopian dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has high stakes for local stability, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are well-positioned to play a leading role in mediating the conflict.
In the response to the pandemic, Sisi’s security dominated government has focused on spreading misinformation, propaganda, and repression rather than addressing the health crisis.
Rather than eradicating a jihadist threat, the Egyptian Armed Forces strategy in North Sinai has aimed at containment, perpetuating a decade-old conflict.
Sisi’s government is instrumentalizing the coronavirus pandemic to pass new amendments related to Egypt’s emergency law, only expanding the military’s legal authority nationwide.
Saudi Arabia’s economic hurdles also pose as opportunities as the country prepares for a post-pandemic world.
Economic shocks arising from the pandemic and collapsing oil markets expose Iraq’s fragile governance and food insecurity.
The coalition agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz has resulted in several changes to Israel’s quasi-constitution, raising fears about democratic backsliding.
The shifting relationships between armies and civil society are revealing new balances within defense structures.
A renewed NATO-Middle East cooperation can strengthen the security architecture of the Middle East.
The coronavirus pandemic and its by-products are pushing Lebanon into a new phase of instability.