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Middle East & North Africa

New Debate on Wahhabism Threatens Saudi Arabia

New Debate on Wahhabism Threatens Saudi Arabia

A little-reported debate over the future of a strain of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi creed could be a tipping point that destabilizes the whole country.

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An Independent Kurdistan under U.S. Protection?

An Independent Kurdistan under U.S. Protection?

An independent Kurdistan under U.S. protection would unite Iraqi and Syrian Kurdistan as well as minority areas of Assyrians, Turkomans, Yezidi and others.

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The End of Extremism and the New Cold War

The End of Extremism and the New Cold War

Victory over the Islamic State in Mosul and Raqqa will bring about the demise of ISIS but fail to foster an end to the tensions and conflict in the region.

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Is Obama’s Syria Policy Defensible?

Is Obama’s Syria Policy Defensible?

Has Obama has been taking the “least bad” course on Syria? Reflecting on the last two decades of U.S. foreign policy interventions, the answer is yes.

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The Semantics of God in the Middle East

The Semantics of God in the Middle East

Nahed Hattar’s assassination sheds light on how social media is used as a weapon by the terrorists to promote their extremist ideologies.

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Muslim Democrats? Tunisia’s Delicate Experiment

Muslim Democrats? Tunisia’s Delicate Experiment

In May 2016, Ennahda—an Islamist party—did something fairly shocking: it disassociated itself from Islam, or, more specifically, from political Islam.

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Arab Spring Aftermath: Libya

Arab Spring Aftermath: Libya

The fall of Gaddafi destroyed the fragile post-colonial state which his iron-fisted rule had held together.

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Bringing Life to the Dead Sea

Bringing Life to the Dead Sea

Water can be an economic win-win agent and a ‘lubricant of peace,’ especially when basins transcend jurisdictional boundaries

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Unexpected Responses to a Massive Aid Program

Unexpected Responses to a Massive Aid Program

This week, Israel and the U.S. signed a $38 billion military aid package. It was controversial, but not necessarily for the reasons you would think.

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Stability in Libya Remains in Doubt

Stability in Libya Remains in Doubt

Many had hoped that the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011 would herald a new era for Libya. Yet, five years later, stability remains a long-off goal.

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Turkish and Egyptian Occupation in Iraq and Syria

Turkish and Egyptian Occupation in Iraq and Syria

After the defeat of ISIS, temporary Turkish and Egyptian occupation zones should be imposed in Sunni provinces of Iraq and Syria prior to partition.

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Sovereignty Strikes Back: Turkey’s Purge and International Silence

Sovereignty Strikes Back: Turkey’s Purge and International Silence

On July 15th, the world saw the consequences of the struggle between religious forces and the secular military contending for control of the Turkish state.

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Can the U.S. and Russia Work Together to Save Syria?

Can the U.S. and Russia Work Together to Save Syria?

While the U.S. and Russia are backing opposing sides in Syria, there are signs the two may join forces to combat ISIS and bring some relief to civilians.

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Libya: Still a Fractured Land

Libya: Still a Fractured Land

Disagreement over how money from the country’s oil, which represents 98% of government revenue, should be distributed is paralyzing Libyan peace efforts.

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Turkish Foreign Policy After the Military Coup

Turkish Foreign Policy After the Military Coup

Immediate speculation following the coup attempt says that Turkey is likely to move further away from the West. But Ankara has deep ties with Europe and is an important member of NATO.

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