MENA Region

Tweets Alone Won’t Save Idlib from Tragedy

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It will take direct and unified intervention, not tweets and condemnation, if the West is to head off a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib.

Backgrounder: Iran’s Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf

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Iran’s military strategy calls for asymmetric warfare against a much more powerful foe in the United States, with a focus on increasing the military and economic costs of any potential conflict.

Sudan: The MENA Region’s Next Proxy Conflict?

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The political dispute in Sudan is fertile ground for wider geopolitical machinations between the Saudi-UAE and Turkey-Qatar blocs. Is Sudan doomed to become the next Syria?

How Iraq Is Helping Iran Survive US Sanctions

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There seems little Washington can do to prevent Iraq becoming a key Iranian trading partner and energy customer.

Bloodshed Dodged or Simply Deferred? Transitional Deal Reached in Sudan

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Following a long and violent protest movement, a transitional deal has finally been reached in Sudan. But can it bring democracy to the long-suffering country?

What a US-Iran War Would Look Like

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Zac and Nick discuss some of the military dimensions of a potential US-Iran conflict, and how Tehran might seek to maximize the costs of a US campaign.

Will Russia Betray Iran Again?

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If history is any indication, don’t expect Russia to jump to Iran’s assistance in the event of a US military strike.

Macron in Last-Ditch Effort to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

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However much the French president wants to save the Iran nuclear deal, Europe’s inability to insulate Tehran from US sanctions has already been laid bare.

Sudan Protesters Return to the Streets as Negotiations Stall

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Weeks after paramilitaries unleashed a wave of brutality on Khartoum, Sudan’s civilian protest movement does not appear to be losing any momentum.

Islamic State’s South Asia Pivot: Rhetoric or Reality?

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ISIS has been trumpeting its growing presence in South Asia after the fall of its Middle East ‘caliphate.’ But is this just a case of empty propaganda?

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