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Biden Administration’s Tendencies Toward Conflict in Yemen: Extent of Continuity and Change

After the initial announcement that the Democratic candidate Joe Biden has won the US presidential elections, a debate arose among observers and analysts about the contents of the approaches of the new administration in the White House towards the ongoing hot crises and conflicts in the Middle East, including the conflict that has been raging in Yemen for more than five years.

EPC | 22 Nov 2020

Will American Forces Withdraw from Eastern Syria?

​Although the word "withdrawal" from eastern Syria has been repeated by US President Donald Trump and the staff of his administration more than once, and accusations were simultaneously directed towards the so-called "deep state" of delaying the execution of orders and manipulating procedures, this trend has taken a more serious turn recently in light of the existence of motives that drive it and people that are capable of accomplishing it.

EPC | 18 Nov 2020

French Interior Minister’s Visit to Maghreb Countries: Objectives and Prospects of Relations

The visit of the French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin to the Arab Maghreb countries (Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria), during the first third of November 2020, gained increasing importance, both for Paris and for the Maghreb capitals, due to urgent security and political considerations. While the visit was scheduled for some time, it came in the wake of the Nice terrorist attacks and the escalation of irregular migration waves to the European continent.

Shereen Mohammed | 17 Nov 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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EPC President published a study titled: “Contemporary shifts in UAE foreign policy: From the liberation of Kuwait to the Abraham Accords”

A study was published today by Dr. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), titled: “Contemporary shifts in UAE foreign policy: From the liberation of Kuwait to the Abraham Accords”. The study was published in the latest edition of the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs published by the renowned British Taylor & Francis Group.

EPC | 19 Nov 2020

Speech by H.E. Dr Anwar Gargash in ADSD 2020

Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, on Monday delivered the keynote address in the 7th Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate organized by the Emirates Policy Center. This year’s event is organized virtually pursuant to the rules related to COVID-19 pandemic. Panels of ADSD will be held over three days from 9-11 November 2020. The following is the full text of Dr. Gargash speech:

EPC | 09 Nov 2020

Opening Remarks in the Seventh ADSD

Dr. Ebtesam Al Ketbi, the President of Emirates Policy Center, officially launched the 7th Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate today morning by delivering opening remarks where she welcomed all participants and attendants of this significant gathering. Dr. Al Ketbi highlighted the nature of issues, and global and regional shifts that will be the focus of this year’s ADSD discussion panels over the course of three days. Following is the full text of opening remarks:

Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi | 09 Nov 2020