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Lavrov’s Visit to Damascus: Objectives and Significance

On September 8, 2020, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Damascus for the first time since 2012, accompanied by a high-level delegation. His visit reconfirmed Moscow’s desire to consolidate its gains and its military superiority in Syria and overcome the current deadlock in the quest for a political solution to the Syrian conflict, at a time when the Assad regime is facing increasing economic restrictions in light of Washington’s recent announcement that it would be increasing the sanctions imposed against the regime under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (known as the Caesar Act).

Malik al-Hafez | 13 Sep 2020

Protests’ Crisis in the Libyan Capital: Significance and Limits of Containment

Since August 23, 2020, a wave of protests has swept across the Libyan capital and several western and southern cities in response to deteriorating living conditions and critical services under the Government of National Accord (GNA). Although public services have been deteriorating for a long time, political division among members of the GNA – the coalition ruling in the capital – is one of the main reasons why the warring parties have begun using the situation of popular discontent to undermine each other.

Bilal Abdullah | 10 Sep 2020

Amman’s Trilateral Summit: Can it be an Introduction for a Regional Cooperation Project?

Iraq seeks to build economic and political cooperation with Egypt and Jordan, a project that has been obstructed several times over the past few years. The tripartite summit, which was held on 25 August 2020 between Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and King Abdullah of Jordan, comes within this endeavour, which also comes in light of a geopolitical situation that includes challenges for those countries and for the entire Arab region.

EPC | 09 Sep 2020

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Turkey between Coronavirus Crisis and Economic Recession Challenge

EPC | 14 Sep 2020

Atilla Yesilada

Atilla Yesilada

The Turkish government lacked transparency in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. The number of cases announced by Ankara was not accurate and lacked...

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M. Murat Kubilay

M. Murat Kubilay

Turkey’s economy was strongly hit by the Coronavirus crisis particularly in trade, services, transport and tourism sectors. For example, the...

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Omer Taspinar

Omer Taspinar

The toughest thing facing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now is economic recession. It is likely that this recession will last for a long t...

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The Emirati-Israeli Treaty And its Potential Strategic Implications

EPC | 06 Sep 2020

Ebtesam Al-Ketbi

Ebtesam Al-Ketbi

The Emirati-Israeli peace treaty was dubbed as a “historical moment” or a “historical breakthrough” because it is the first...

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Zaid Eyadat

Zaid Eyadat

The Emirati-Israeli Peace Treaty came in the context of the geopolitical shifts in the Middle East since the 2000s. These shifts have shown the nee...

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Abdel Monem Said

Abdel Monem Said

The treaty reflects a new spirit in the UAE leadership based on the fact that we, as Arabs, can bring about a change to the current path in the reg...

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Caesar Act and its Possible Repercussions for Syria

EPC | 17 Aug 2020

Hussein Ibish

Hussein Ibish

There are several motives for the issuance by the US of the Caesar Act, mainly sending a message to the allies of the Syrian regime that they will...

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Zaki Mehchy

Zaki Mehchy

From the political perspective, the Caesar Act constitutes one of the US foreign policy tools to influence the Syrian crisis and impose its conditi...

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Bassma Kodmani

Bassma Kodmani

Even before the Caesar Act was passed, Syria had reached the point of chaos and collapse due to the deterioration of the economic and living condit...

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Iran’s Twofold Predicament: Coronavirus Epidemic Crisis and American Sanctions

EPC | 11 Aug 2020

Alex Vatanka

Alex Vatanka

There is no doubt that at the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic crisis, the Iranian regime took wrong decisions, such as insisting on holding t...

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Javad Salehi Isfahani

Javad Salehi Isfahani

The health crisis in Iran has exacerbated as a result of the government’s delay in taking the necessary measures to combat the spread of the...

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Mehdi Khalaji

Mehdi Khalaji

During the period of the current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Iran has shifted from a revolutionary regime to a police state. In the event of Khame...

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“Deal of the Century”: Does it Present a Realistic Solution to the Palestinian Issue?

EPC | 20 Feb 2020

Shibley Telhami

Shibley Telhami

What President Trump is doing is different from former US presidents; he is putting more pressure on Palestinians to accept his vision for a soluti...

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David Makovsky

David Makovsky

We can say that three people in the Trump Administration were responsible for drafting the “Deal of the Century” in its current form in...

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Robert Malley

Robert Malley

In my estimation, the “Deal of the Century” has nothing to do with the priorities of the current U.S administration and it’s an i...

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

EPC | 05 Nov 2019

Anwar Ibrahim Ahmad

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

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

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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Mass Protests and the American-Iranian Competition in Iraq

Iraq today finds itself at a crossroads, beset by challenges and life-and-death decisions. The public protests that erupted in early October 2019 revealed a number of deep structural crises in the country, growing public resentment vis-à-vis the political elite, and an expanding rift between these political forces and the Iraqi street. They have ignited a conflict that has opened the door to all manner of possible future scenarios for the nation.

EPC | 16 Jul 2020

Social Forces in Contemporary Iran

Our neighbor, Iran, is currently experiencing significant social turmoil in the face of escalating economic challenges and political crises – largely manifested in the form of ongoing public protests.

EPC | 23 Apr 2020

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

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Experts: The Emirati-Israeli Treaty is a Manifestation of the Cooperative Trend that Supports Stability, Peace and Development in the Region

Abu Dhabi, Sep. 3, 2020—Arab experts taking part in a webinar organized by the Emirates Policy Center (EPC) on Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020 on the “Emirati-Israeli Peace Treaty” affirmed that the Emirati-Israeli step is a correction for a historical Arab mistake that led to the isolation of Palestinians and weakened their cause under the pretext of rejecting normalization. The Emirati-Israeli step also reflects a new spirit that seeks to take the initiative to deal with challenges facing the Arab region, the experts added.

EPC | 03 Sep 2020

South Korean Ambassador to the UAE Visits EPC

Abu Dhabi, Aug. 11, 2020 – President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), Dr. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, on Tuesday received Ambassador of South Korea to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) H.E. Kwon Yongwoo accompanied by Mr. Kang Wook Jeon, 1st Secretary & Consul at the embassy.

EPC | 11 Aug 2020

Ambassador of Singapore to the UAE Visits EPC

Abu Dhabi, Aug. 10, 2020 – President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), Dr. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, on Monday received Ambassador of Singapore to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) H.E. Kamal R. Vaswani.

EPC | 10 Aug 2020