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Qatar & 2022 world cup : driving the engine of change
Under pressure in its preparations for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is undertaking socio-economic reforms that could spark social change. They could also force changes in other Guff states to meet global demands for transparency ...
War against Islamic State : sowing seeds of more extremist group
The US-led war against the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, is sowing seeds for the sprouting of yet more extremist groups. In doing so the US is reverting to a misguided policy ...
The Middle East and North Africa : Cauldron of conflict
The Middle East and North Africa is a cauldron driven by sectarian and ethnic animosities. Winning the existential battle requires acknowledgement that the region’s states are multi-religious and multi-tribal entities. It ...
Islamic state : ideological challenge to Saudi Arabia
With its control of a swath of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State represents a paradigm shift in jihadist strategy and tactics. It also poses an ideological challenge to Saudi Arabia as it fuels Salafist debate about political ...
Iran's new president: averting a popular revolt
The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran's new president signals a possible change in direction in Iran’s foreign policy. It also underscores Supreme Leader Sayed Ali Khamenei’s apparent move to avert a popular uprising.
Military coup in Egypt : a recipe for failure
Egypt’s transition from autocracy to democracy has been waylaid by the two forces that threatened it from the outset: a military determined to retain its power behind the scenes and a Muslim Brotherhood that sought power ...
US tightrope walk : Arab autocrats try to redefine terrorism
The United States is walking a tightrope with US Secretary of State John Kerry’s controversial endorsement of the toppling of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi as a “restoration of democracy”. The endorsement is likely to ...
Wahhabism vs. Wahhabism : Qatar challenges Saudi Arabia
Qatar, a tiny energy-rich state in terms of territory and population, has exploded on to the world map as a major rival to the region’s behemoth, Saudi Arabia. By projecting itself through an activist foreign policy, an ...