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Soner Cagaptay
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on : Wednesday, 9 Jul, 2014

Yesterday’s Enemies, Tomorrow’s Friends?

When I visited Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in 2007, my host, a leading Kurdish official, asked me when Turkey was going to invade the KRG. Today, the world has seen a 180-degree shift, and the question now is if the KRG will cut ties with Baghdad and seek to shelter under a Turkish umbrella, and if the Syrian Kurds could follow suit. The recent developments in Iraq and Syria have transformed those countries’ politics irrevocably, and with that, the relatio...

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Afshin Molavi
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on : Thursday, 5 Jun, 2014

Modi’s Moment

In the shadow of Dubai’s glittering skyscrapers, creaking, colorful wooden dhows line the historic Creek waterway, groaning with Korean television sets, Indian basmati rice, Iranian pistachios and Chinese-made T-shirts and shoes. Many of the sailors aboard those dhows hail from Gujarat, the home state of India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and sail ancient trade routes from Iraq to Somalia to India and Dubai. The men from Gujarat, with their sun-streaked wrinkles and w...

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Emma Pearson and Katie Welsford
on : Friday, 9 May, 2014

Falling Out of Favor

As Friday prayers conclude outside the Al-Husseini mosque in downtown Amman, a small protest kicks off in the road. Men get up from their prayer mats—mainly improvised fr...

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Stephen Wicken
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on : Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014

New War, Old Faces

Despite the pre-war strength—on paper—of the Syrian armed forces, the fighting in Syria has stretched the limits of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s military resources....

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Haley Cook and Jason Pack
on : Friday, 4 Apr, 2014

Rebels at the Porthole

Three years ago, the term “rebel,” when used by the Western media in reference to Libya, conjured up images of unlikely young fighters who took up arms for the first time a...

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Arash Karami
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on : Thursday, 13 Mar, 2014

Iran’s Fourth Estate

The state of the Iranian media can serve as a bellwether for understanding where the country is headed. In the past, the restrictions under which Iranian journalists had to ope...

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Judith Yaphe
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on : Thursday, 6 Feb, 2014

Maliki’s Last Stand?

Iraq is only months away from its quadrennial national election for its Council of Representatives, scheduled for April 30. As in most countries with relatively open elections,...

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Curtis Ohlers
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on : Thursday, 19 Dec, 2013

Iraq’s Insurgency Reinvigorated

On November 27, suicide bombers and gunmen attacked police stations in Ramadi, Iraq, killing at least seven people and leaving more than twenty wounded. On the same day in the Sun...

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David Schenker
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on : Thursday, 21 Nov, 2013

Qaradawi’s War for Egypt

The 2011 toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak signaled the onset of a prolonged period of political instability and economic uncertainty in Egypt. When Muslim Brotherho...

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Laurence Louër
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on : Tuesday, 5 Nov, 2013

The Myth of the Shi’a Crescent

The notion of “Shi’a crescent” was first articulated in late 2004 by King Abdullah of Jordan in an interview he gave a few weeks before the first parliamentary elections in I...

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