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 →

What’s Next in the Middle East in 2019

• ISIS, which is loosing its last stronghold in Syria, probably realizes that controlling new territory is not sustainable in the short term. ISIS will seek to exploit Sunni grievances, societal instability, and stretched security forces to regain territory in Iraq and Syria in the long term. At some point, ISIS will likely resume external... Continue Reading →

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