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Growing Threats to Food Security in Syria: Reasons and Response Capacity

Syria appears to be on the verge of an unprecedented food crisis during the war years. What makes matters worse is the possibility that this problem will become chronic and entrenched if solutions are not put forward that help in the recovery of the Syrian economy.

EPC | 14 Jul 2021

Raisi’s rise in Iran: Political and institutional developments in the wake of presidential election

This report sheds the light on recent political and institutional process and developments in Iran in the wake of the hardline candidate Ebrahim Raisi’s victory as president. These developments include an analysis of the latest political and institutional process, developments in the hardline and reform camps, and major trends in traditional and social media.

EPC | 07 Jul 2021

The Rise of Raisi and Iran’s Potential Role in Iraq

The victory of the hardline camp’s candidate Ebrahim Raisi in Iran’s presidential election has drawn various reactions about the nature of Tehran’s potential role in Iraq due to the direct link between internal variables in Iran and the Iraqi landscape. So, what is the nature of Iran’s role in Iraq in the wake of Raisi’s rise to power? And how Tehran’s strategic priorities would be reevaluated? And what are the ramifications of all of this on the Iraqi landscape?

Firas Elias | 01 Jul 2021

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EPC’s Achievements in 2020

EPC | 30 Dec 2020

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Emerging Economic Trends in Post-Coronavirus World

EPC | 17 Feb 2021

Nasser Saidi

Nasser Saidi

The global economy was hit by higher uncertainty as global production has dropped by 4.5%, global labor income is estimated to h...

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Giacomo Luciani

Giacomo Luciani

Despite burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economic system and heavy pressure on the structures of national economies all over the worl...

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Path to New Health Systems in Post-Pandemic World

EPC | 14 Feb 2021

Mahshid Abir

Mahshid Abir

The global health care systems were full of gaps that were not evident before. We have realized the limitation of the capability of our health syst...

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Shoba Suri

Shoba Suri

The world has seen health crises in the past. The impact of these crises, however, was not like the COVID-19 impact. The health care systems in the...

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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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Strategic Report - Iran / Second Edition: The Iranian Situation in 2020

Iran Strategic Report is designed to provide an impartial and objective reading of the situation in Iran. The importance of this strategic report stems from the political, geographic and social importance of Iran and the impact of its ideological orientations and alliances on regional policies, security and stability in the Gulf region and broader Middle East. Particular importance is attached to the 2020 report given its contribution to the understanding of Iran’s question and drivers of Tehran’s behavior in this potentially decisive year in the life of the Iranian revolution amidst the preparations of the forthcoming presidential elections in June 2021, which will also be pivotal for reasons the reader will find out as she/he reads the report.

EPC | 11 Apr 2021

The UAE Power-Building Model and Foreign Policy Shifts

The United Arab Emirates represents an ideal case to study of a small state’s effective response to strategic challenges and contemporary shifts in the Middle East. Regional and international geopolitical developments in the region since the dawn of the twenty-first century have forced radical changes in UAE foreign policy and power-building.

Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi | 22 Mar 2021

Iran and the Biden Administration: A Potential Return to Negotiations

Over the past four decades, the issue of relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States have dominated the Iranian political arena. Such is the extent of this preoccupation with America, that some argue it is more influential than all other objective and subjective factors in the politics and economics of the region.

Dr. Ebtesam Al Ketbi | 24 Feb 2021

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Ambassador of Netherlands to UAE Visits EPC

Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), on Sunday received H.E. Lody Embrechts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Arab Emirates and Mr. Joeri Borgstein, First Secretary at the embassy.

EPC | 11 Jul 2021

Ambassador of Pakistan to UAE Visits EPC

Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), on Thursday received H.E. Afzaal Mahmood, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates.

EPC | 01 Jul 2021

Experts in EPC’s Webinar: Iran exploited Vienna Talks to Approach the Nuclear Threshold

A number of Arab and foreign strategic experts pointed out that Iran has pursued to become a “nuclear threshold” state and exploited Vienna talks - which started after American President Joe Biden’s administration took office - to achieve this goal.

EPC | 29 Jun 2021