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Israeli Political Landscape: Controversy of Early Elections and Continuing Defections in the Right-Wing Camp

​Israel is heading towards holding early elections, the fourth in less than two years, after the failure of the Likud and Kahol Lavan (Blue and White) parties to reach a settlement on the state’s budget, which would prevent the Israeli Knesset (parliament) from dissolving itself. Meanwhile, Gideon Saar’s split from Likud reversed the political balance in Israel, constituting a threat to Netanyahu’s renewed rise to power, especially after Water Resources Minister Zeev Elkin, who is close to Netanyahu, resigned and joined Saar.

EPC | 12 Jan 2021

The Stumbling Block of Ain Issa and the Struggle for Eastern Syria

​The ongoing negotiation and military conflicts over Ain Issa underline the importance of eastern Syria for all the players involved in the Syrian crisis. Influence in this region has come to be calculated in metres. Given Russia which aspires to achieve a breakthrough in a region of an important economic and strategic importance, Turkey which aspires to enhance its influence in the Syrian map, and the US which considers the eastern Syria regions of a critical importance in managing its policies towards the Syrian issue, this region, which is located outside what is known as "Useful Syria", is an important site in the strategies of local players, considering the important economic and political returns from controlling it.

EPC | 31 Dec 2020

Economic Challenges Facing New Yemeni Government

The recently formed Yemeni government pursuant to the Riyadh Agreement is expected to face complex economic challenges that may paralyse its ability to fulfill the aspirations and hopes placed on it. The most important of those challenges are the significant decline in the Yemeni riyal exchange rate, and the difficulty of paying the salaries of public sector employees.

EPC | 30 Dec 2020

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Biden and the Middle East: Limits of Continuity and Change in Policies of the New American Administration

EPC | 30 Dec 2020

Paul Salem

Paul Salem

I think that the process of political transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration will take some time (maybe 6 months). Th...

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Steven Cook

Steven Cook

The tendency is to see a lot more continuity in the American approach towards the Middle East in terms of relations and style, despite significant...

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William F. Wechsler

William F. Wechsler

The Biden administration will be dealing with an evolving Middle East that is different from the one that both administrations of Obama and Trump h...

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U.S. Policies Under the Biden Administration: What Kind of World Order Awaits Us?

EPC | 20 Dec 2020

Kishore Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani

We can argue that most world countries are happy for electing Joe Biden as US President. The four years of President Donald Trump’s era were...

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Cliff Kupchan

Cliff Kupchan

First of all, we cannot ignore that the US is internally divided and suffers from an internal crisis. Dealing with this crisis poses a challenge to...

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Richard Fontaine

Richard Fontaine

U.S elections proved that a large segment (47%) of American people is not satisfied with Washington’s policies and economic performance. Pres...

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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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EPC Takes Part in the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum

Abu Dhabi, January 17, 2021 -- As part of enhancing the strategic partnership between the Emirates Policy Center (EPC) and the Atlantic Council in the US, EPC - as an institutional partner – takes part in the events of the Global Energy Forum which will be held virtually from 19-22 January 2021 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.

EPC | 17 Jan 2021

EPC Academy Launches Online Training Courses

Abu Dhabi, Jan. 13, 2021 – As of January 2021, EPC Academy plans to launch a number of online training courses. The basic and advanced courses will cover the fields of policy analysis, data gathering and analysis, and building strategies, scenarios, and media policies.

EPC | 13 Jan 2021

EPC Continues its Achievements in the Time of Coronavirus

​The Emirates Policy Center (EPC), the trailblazing think tank in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Middle East region continued its achievements in 2020. EPC has been able to overcome challenges and obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic by employing cyberspace to cement networking with researchers and counterpart think tanks all over the world. The center has also been able to increase the number of webinars and improve tools to approach regional and global issues, developments and shifts.

EPC | 30 Dec 2020