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Iraq: Sadr's Position on the Protest Movement and the Nomination of Allawi

At the beginning of the popular protests which have been sweeping Iraq for months, Shia leader Muqtada Al-Sadr took a hesitant and cautious stance from the protest movement, before publically declaring support to what he called the "revolutionaries," and calling for the resignation of outgoing Prime Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Although Al-Sadr was, in the beginning, wary of expressing an explicit anti-Iranian influence stance, the most obvious shift in his position came to light following the killing of Qasim Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in January this year. After this incident, Al-Sadr’s rhetoric started to approach that of pro-Iran groups and made many references to whom he labeled as “infiltrators” and “saboteurs” among the demonstrators, and urged security forces to deal with those elements.

Harith Hasan | 16 Feb 2020

The Terrorist Expansion in the Gulf of Guinea Region

The countries of the Gulf of Guinea (which includes several countries in West and Central Africa, most notably Angola, Benin, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Côte d'Ivoire) face a growing expansion of terrorist organizations, especially with the escalation of attacks on these countries' borders with Burkina Faso.

Hamdi Bashir | 12 Feb 2020

Post-Brexit: Transition Period Scenarios and Beyond

The United Kingdom (UK) officially left the European Union (EU) on January 31, 2020, after which the two parties will kick off talks on a new phase of bilateral relations. However, many of the outstanding issues, that are expected to be discussed during the transitional period which will last until the end of 2020, will determine the nature of these relations and whether they will be framed within a cooperation framework leading to a win-win deal, or exit from the transitional phase without a deal.

EPC | 06 Feb 2020

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The Renaissance Dam Issue on the Crossroads of Washington’s Meeting

EPC | 05 Nov 2019

Anwar Ibrahim Ahmad

Addis Ababa thinks that the Renaissance Dam is a project of economic integration that will benefit the whole region, not only Ethiopia. Despite dif...

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Maher Abu Joukh

I think that the scenario of direct military confrontation between Egypt and Ethiopia is unlikely if the upcoming trilateral talks in Washington fa...

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Hani Raslan

Washington’s call for a meeting between the three parties to the dam crisis in 6 November 2019, came to revive the hopes for reaching an unde...

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Internal and External Dynamics of a Rapidly Changing Turkey

Turkey is today undergoing significant political turbulence. President Erdogan’s popularity is in decline and the incumbent Justice and Development Party (AKP) appears increasingly vulnerable to

EPC | 07 Oct 2019

The UN Peacemaking Role in Yemen

From the initial crisis surrounding political transition, and through the ensuing war, the United Nations (UN) has played a variety of roles in Yemen, under its mandate from the international community.

EPC | 01 Oct 2019

Iraq’s Shifting Political Landscape and Foreign Policy Trajectories

Following the defeat of ISIS in late 2017, Iraq has entered a new era. A number of key internal and external factors will determine Iraq’s future in this new epoch and will have a significant bearing on the security and stability of the entire region.

EPC | 25 Aug 2019


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Diplomats from India, Bhutan Visit EPC

Abu Dhabi, Feb. 6, 2020 – President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), Dr. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, on Wednesday received a delegation of young diplomats from India and Bhutan.

EPC | 06 Feb 2020

Ambassador of Finland to the UAE Visits EPC

Abu Dhabi, Feb. 5, 2020 – President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), Dr. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, on Tuesday received Ambassador of Finland to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) H.E. Marianne Nissilä.

EPC | 05 Feb 2020

EPC’s Annual Conference (ADSD) among World’s Top Ten, EPC 6th in the MENA Region

Abu Dhabi, Jan. 29, 2020— The Emirates Policy Center (EPC) has ranked 6th in the Middle East and North Africa region in the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index Report released by the University of Pennsylvania in January 2020.

EPC | 29 Jan 2020