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Politics and Security in Iraq Today

Dr. Hassan Abbas, Distinguished Professor at NESA, provides a context for the current political and security situation in Iraq. He describes how the legacy of the Hussein regime still impacts all of Iraq, along with the current impacts of sectarian divisions, the actions of ISIL, and the actions of regional and non regional powers. Dr. Read More >

Iraq’s New Leadership: Hopes and Expectations

بالعربية Pусский Hassan Abbas, NESA Center After a prolonged political deadlock, Iraq finally has a new prime minister: former Iraqi intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi, an independent candidate. The task before him is gigantic, with challenges ranging from economic crisis due to coronavirus and collapsing oil revenues, to deteriorating relations with the U.S. and a worsening Read More >

How does Coronavirus Affect Stability in the Middle East?

Sam Marrero, NESA Center The validity of coronavirus data coming out of Middle Eastern countries may be uncertain, but most Middle Eastern countries – save Iran and Turkey – appear to avoiding a catastrophe of causalities. Take for example, Egypt, an under-resourced country of almost 100 million, which as of May 8th 2020 reported a Read More >

Pandemic Bumps in the Road to Great Power Competition

بالعربية Pусский Dr. Richard Russell, NESA Center The novel coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the world’s health, societies, and economies. The full devastation of the global menace is yet to be seen, but it is already having noticeable impact on international politics and security. The security fallouts can be detected in the geopolitical centers of world Read More >

Coronavirus and the Arab Gulf States: Modernization Delayed?

باللغة العربية en français David Des Roches, NESA Center, 29 March 2020 In a pandemic, there are three sources of societal damage. The first is damage from the disease; the second is damage from any panic which may accompany the disease, the third is economic damage due to the disease and the measures taken to Read More >

Iran has Plans to Harm Trump’s Re-election Chances

“Kata’ib Hezbollah fired rockets at a US base in Taji, north of Baghdad on Wednesday March 11th, and the base was attacked again a few days later. Could the fact that the base was attacked twice in a week be a coincidence?” Read NESA Alumnus Dr. Dania Khatib’s editorial in the Arab News here.

The Day after al-Sistani

NESA Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas writes for CGP: “The world’s most prominent Shiite religious leader, Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, commands a great deal of influence and respect – not just in Iraq, but around the world. Questions about who will succeed the cleric and how the reportedly complicated selection process will unfold are being raised Read More >

The Future of Middle East States

NESA Alumnus Hussein Solomon writes: “It is clear that the European Westphalian state system which was imported into the Middle East by colonial powers through the Sykes-Picot Line in 1916 is under threat. In some cases, such as Libya and Yemen, state collapse is a reality, while in others the future of political authority is Read More >

The Arab Gulf States and the West: Perceptions and Realities – Opportunities and Perils

This book examines the changing image of the Arab Gulf States in the West. It addresses the question of perception in international relations and how the Arab States of the Gulf have pursued various endeavors to project themselves into Western imagination. https://bit.ly/2SavYNb

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