MENA Region

Outlook 2018: Syria Peace Talks

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Will 2018 be the year that finally brings peace to Syria?

Outlook 2018: Retrospective

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Looking back on the major geopolitical trends of 2017.

The Rebirth of Russia’s Global Interests

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In a case of history repeating, Moscow is making new diplomatic inroads into both the DPRK crisis and the Israel-Palestine peace process.

Who Controls Libya?

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Recent exposes on a booming slave trade highlight the fact that nearly seven years removed from NATO’s intervention, Libya is still in a state of chaos.

Egypt Struggles to Quell the Sinai Insurgency

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A bloody mosque attack may have brought the Sinai insurgency back into global headlines, but on the ground it never left.

TIMELINE: The Sinai Insurgency

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A timeline of major attacks against government targets in the Sinai insurgency from 2014-2017.

Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Corruption Windfall

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MBS wants to reform the Saudi government and help the state get rich doing it. Will his plan work?

FLASH: Lebanon PM Hariri Changes His Mind

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What changed to make Saad Hariri reverse course and stay on as prime minister of Lebanon?

ISIS Turns to Opiates to Fund Activities in the MENA Region

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A new bust suggests that North Africa-based militant groups and the Italy-based mafia are cooperating and reaping big profits from drug trafficking in the MENA region.

Israeli Airstrikes in Syria: Prelude to a New War?

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Once the Assad regime and its allies consolidate their hold on Syria, the focus could once again shift back to Israel.

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