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Soleimani Assassination to send Shockwaves through the Middle East and Beyond

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Though the assassination will further destabilize the region, a large-scale conventional conflict remains unlikely.

Background: Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Killed in Iraq

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Will historians look back on the assassination of Qassem Soleimani as the catalyst for a new war in the Middle East?

Is Islamic State Still a Threat?

cc Flickr U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos, modified, public domain, Iraqi security forces soldiers pause for a photo during react to enemy contact training at Camp Taji, Iraq, Feb. 25, 2017. The soldiers attended a Junior Leaders Course led by Coalition forces designed to enhance basic combat skills in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Brecht)

Is Islamic State a spent force or a globe-spanning “al-Qaeda on steroids”?

Outlook 2020: Emerging Market Debt Bombs

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Turkey, Lebanon, and Argentina will be hoping for smooth sailing ahead in the global economy, as all three countries face massive financing challenges in the year ahead.

Iran’s Regional Grand Project Wobbles

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Iran’s region-wide geopolitical project is now imperiled on multiple fronts, including at home.

Finding a Way Forward in Lebanon’s Political Impasse

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Lebanon is now entering the seventh week of a socio-economic crisis that has brought the country to the brink of financial collapse. What comes next, nobody can know with any degree of certainty.

Iran Bends under the Weight of US ‘Maximum Pressure’

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New nationwide protests are heaping pressure on the Rouhani regime; but all routes to a political solution remain blocked off.

Iraq Protests in Recent Historical Perspective

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The seeds of the current crisis were planted during the demise of the Hussein regime.

Untangling America’s Middle East Muddle

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Faced with resurgent ‘great power’ rivals, the United States must realign its Middle East posture.

Hariri Resignation Plunges Lebanon into the Unknown

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The political process has ground to a halt in one of the most deadlocked democracies in the world. Default or civil war could be next.

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