Politics

A focus on what drives and determines political power in the region.



Soner Cagaptay
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on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

The Liberals in Erdoğan’s Wake

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may still be the most popular leader in Turkey, but the bloom is off the rose when it comes to his image as the man changing Turkey. That brand helped Erdoğan come to power in 2002 and win successive elections with increasing majorities, but now it seems it is not enough to maintain his stream of success. His Justice and Development Party (AKP) did win the March 30 local elections, but his personal popularity is slipping: In the 2011 elections, the AKP r...

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Nabila Ramdani
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on : Friday, 11 Apr, 2014

Old Powers in a New Poll

Images of a frail old man insisting he is fit to govern will do little to persuade Algerian voters that Abdelaziz Bouteflika is the president to lead them forward into a democratic future. There have been few pictures of the indefatigable 77-year-old over the past few weeks, but those that do appear smack of desperation. He is campaigning for elections on April 17 by proxy, mainly through his former prime minister, Abdelmalek Sellal. Bouteflika does not attend public meetings and only in...

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Christian Emery
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on : Thursday, 20 Mar, 2014

What’s a Civil War between Friends?

Iran and Hamas seem to have repaired a two-year rift between them, one that threatened to bankrupt the militant Palestinian group and undermined Iran’s claim to be the foremost s...

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Andrew Bowen
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on : Tuesday, 11 Mar, 2014

A Crimean Quid Pro Quo

The unfolding scenes of street protests, violence and demonstrations in Independence Square in Kiev and the subsequent flight of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych from hi...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Wednesday, 26 Feb, 2014

Democracy in the Making

Tunisia’s next general elections will mark the end of its transitional period—but it is still unclear when elections will take place, what parties will run for office a...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Saturday, 8 Feb, 2014

Jihad, Then and Now

As the situation in Syria grows worse and simultaneously more complicated day by day, the fears of observers of the conflict have become more focused on the foreign jihadists w...

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Alex Edwards
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on : Friday, 24 Jan, 2014

A Change of Course in Cairo?

Ever since the Camp David Accords, Egypt has looked to the US as its major supplier for its armed forces, building up a huge arsenal of American weapons paid for by more than a bil...

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Stephen Starr
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on : Tuesday, 10 Dec, 2013

The Battle for a Syrian Caliphate

The Islamic State of Iraq has found its feet again in war-torn northern and eastern Syria. Founded by Jordanian Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi in Iraq, it was renamed the Islamic State o...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Friday, 29 Nov, 2013

A Brotherhood Vision for Syria

In Syria, Al-Qaeda and affiliated groups have gradually emerged as one of the main threats to the survival of the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad. Ironically, however, the ...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Friday, 15 Nov, 2013

From the Archives: Ronald Reagan speaks with Al-Majalla

President Reagan wore a grey suit, a white shirt and a blue tie. He seemed fit and well after his holiday in California. Indeed, he said that he had not felt this active or fit...

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