Au Moyen Orient le Coronavirus aggrave la Crise Sécuritaire

Les mesures de confinement dans plusieurs pays de la région commencent à s'atténuer, mais il y a déjà eu des revers avec l'émergence de nouveaux épicentres de contamination et certaines économies devraient se redresser plus lentement que prévu. La Jordanie fait face à un revers majeur après qu'au moins cinquante nouveaux cas ont été découverts…

Middle East 2020: fragility and opportunities

2019 has been a year in which  the Middle East experienced much chaos. The region remains drowned into a multiplicity of international and internal, sectarian and economic conflicts while its populations more and more loudly demand better governance, economic (including employment) prospects, and the end of foreign interventions, including from Iran and other countries in…

Liban, Irak, Un nouveau front pour Teheran

Les récents soulèvements au Liban et en Irak constituent une évolution importante dans une région déjà troublée et politiquement fragile. Bien qu’un nouvel ordre géopolitique soit en train d’émerger, bon nombre des problèmes de la région perdurent et notamment les relations difficiles entre les États et leurs citoyens. Cette tension sous-jacente, connue sous le nom…

Iran faces a new front: Lebanon and Iraq uprisings

The recent uprisings in Lebanon and Iraq are an important development in an already troubled and politically fragile region. Although a new geopolitical order is emerging, many of the region’s legacy problems endure and most notably, the uneasy relationship between states and their citizens. This underlying tension, known as ‘the Arab Simmer’ which triggered the…

A Hot Summer in the Middle East

June to August 2019 was a period of intense development across the Middle East, with significant changes in regional dynamics with increased Israeli operations against Iranian proxies throughout the region, renewed Syrian troops advances in Syria, and game changing events in Yemen. Regional – Israel strikes on Iranian proxies across the region Throughout the eight-year…

US – Iran: The Humanitarian Cost of a Regional Conflict

While diplomats on both sides repeated that their respective countries do not want to go to war - Mike Pompeo keeps on repeating that President Trump does not want a war with Iran and that the maximum pressure policy is working, and most recently Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated that "It is important…

Sudan Protests: who is Hemeti?

Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary force, violently cracks down on protesters despite its initial support for protests against Omar al-Bashir. Their commander, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, better known as Hemeti, has long history of violence which started in Darfur with the beginning of the conflict there in 2003. I am posting here a memo I…