Iraq: Why the ‘Intra-Shia Civil War’ Narrative is Flawed
Pieter-jan Dockx · 31 Jan, 2019 · 5551
Since the parliamentary
election in May 2018, deep divisions among Iraq’s various Shia factions have
come to the surface. This has led numerous analysts to deduct or predict the beginning
of a new intra-Shia civil war in the country. T ...
Obama, Trump, and Abiding Authoritarianism in Egypt
Derek Verbakel · 19 Apr, 2017 · 5271
On 3 April, US President Donald Trump hosted the first ever visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the White House. Many observers have characterised Trump’s praise of el-Sisi's authoritarian governance as engenderi ...
The EU-Jordan Experiment: Towards Easing the Refugee Issue
Roshan Iyer · 14 Sep, 2016 · 5127
On 20 July 2016, the EU and the Kingdom of Jordan entered into a free trade deal, the first of its kind in the region. If optimally utilised, the deal opens doors for significant investment into Jordan and promises to create a large numbe ...
Has the Rise and Growth of the Islamic State Benefitted Iran?
Kimberley Anne Nazareth · 29 Dec, 2015 · 4951
The recent attacks in Paris, triggered by the ever growing Islamic State (IS) has caused a great deal of concern not only among the Western nations but in the Persian Gulf as well. The event has questioned the success of the US-led coalit ...
Turkey: The Proverbial Spanner in the Works
PI Muralidharan · 27 Nov, 2015 · 4936
The shooting down of the Russian SU-24 by the Turkish F-16 could well be a defining event in the ongoing imbroglio in Syria. The tactical aspects of the publicised aerial engagement leave many a doubt in the minds of aviation analysts alr ...
The US, Syria and Iraq: The Success of Airstrikes So Far
KP Fabian · 20 Oct, 2014 · 4706
The battle for Kobane, the Kurdish town on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, is still raging, though indications are that the US’ airstrikes have so far failed to make a decisive impact and reverse the advance of the Islami ...
Can Iraq's Disintegration be Prevented?
KP Fabian · 23 Jul, 2014 · 4574
At present, it is difficult to see how the ongoing implosion of Iraq can be stalled and reversed. The world started taking note of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has been d ...