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Intra-Kurdish Dialogue in Syria: Challenges and Prospects

Despite the attempts of the Kurdish parties in Syria to resume their dialogue, whose last round took place in August 2020, this continues to collide with the divergent priorities of the new US administration, given that Washington is the main sponsor of the dialogue between the National Unity Parties (PYNK) led by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) on the one hand, and the Kurdish National Council (KNC, ENKS) on the other hand.

Malik al-Hafez | 23 Feb 2021

Significance of Visit by Africom Delegation to Sudan

​On 26 January 2021, the Deputy Commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) Ambassador Andrew Young led a high-ranking military delegation during a visit to Sudan. This was the first such visit by a US military official to this country since it was removed from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism. This paper sheds light on the significance of the visit’s timing and objectives, and the prospects for military and security cooperation between the two sides.

Hamdi Bashir | 18 Feb 2021

Election of the New Transitional Leadership in Libya: Challenges and Prospects

​The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), which met in Geneva on 6 February 2021, has reached an agreement on the choice of the leadership of the executive authority for the transitional phase responsible for holding the parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December 2021. While the results of the vote came as a surprise, they reflected the scales and stakes of the current political conflict in Libya in the prospect of reaching a final deal for the political solution.

EPC | 15 Feb 2021

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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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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

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

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Ambassador of Malta to the UAE Visits EPC

Abu Dhabi – Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), on Wednesday received H.E. Maria Camilleri Calleja, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

EPC | 24 Feb 2021

Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UAE Visits EPC

Abu Dhabi, Feb. 16, 2021 – Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), on Tuesday received H.E. Javid Ahmad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

EPC | 17 Feb 2021

Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE Visits EPC

Abu Dhabi, Feb. 16, 2021 – Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), on Tuesday received H.E. Aidan Cronin, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

EPC | 17 Feb 2021