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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Don’t talk about reconstruction, Syria is still at war

On 27 June, Human Rights Watch released a new report arguing that the Syrian government is co-opting humanitarian aid and reconstruction assistance to entrench its repressive policies. The New York-based rights group found the government restricts access of humanitarian organisations to communities in need of aid, approves aid projects selectively, and imposes requirements on groups... Continue Reading →


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