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Iraq: Has the Relationship of Pro-Iran Factions with Al-Kadhimi Government Reached a Crossroads?

On 26 June 2020, the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) carried out a surprise security operation during which it stormed a security headquarters belonging to the Iraqi Hezbollah militia in a Baghdad suburb that housed Katyusha rockets and rocket launchers prepared to target a military headquarters occupied by US troops in Baghdad International Airport. This operation has shed light on the complicated security problem presently witnessed by Iraq and the volume of arduous challenges facing the government of Mustafa al-Kadhimi in order to achieve a sustainable security and political stability in addition to finding solutions to the economic and health crises afflicting the country.

Firas Elias | 06 Jul 2020

Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali: Potential Challenges and Scenarios

June 20, 2020 marked the fifth anniversary since the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali was signed between the Mali government, its allied militias, and the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), which is dominated by the Tuareg under the leadership of Bilal Ag Acherif. Hopes were high that the peace agreement would bring an end to the Tuareg rebellion and lead to sustainable peace and reconciliation in Mali, the northern provinces of which have experienced frequent conflict since the country gained independence. The enormous challenges facing the peace agreement continue to cast doubt on whether it can ever be enforced, however.

Ayman Shabana | 02 Jul 2020

The Turkish Military Operation in Northern Iraq: Goals and Dimensions

The military operation carried out by Turkey in areas in northern Iraq since 15 June 2020 against bases of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positioned there has once again shed light on the complicated security environment that has been characterizing the Iraqi-Turkish border for decades. Apparently, through this operation, Turkey seeks to make these areas part of the safe zone in northeastern Syria.

Firas Elias | 30 Jun 2020

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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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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

The UN Peacemaking Role in Yemen

From the initial crisis surrounding political transition, and through the ensuing war, the United Nations (UN) has played a variety of roles in Yemen, under its mandate from the international community.

EPC | 01 Oct 2019

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Experts in EPC Webinar: The Iranian Regime Favors the Economy Over Saving Lives in the Coronavirus Crisis

A number of experts and researchers in the Iranian affairs underlined that the Iranian regime continues to favour the Revolution to the State and national interests. The regime insists on acting as a cause rather than as a nation state. It wants to export a “model” that has failed at home and that is not desired by its own people. They added that despite the US sanctions and the socio-economic implications of the corona crisis, the Iranian regime has not changed its domestic and foreign policies, neither does it have the capability to reform itself.

EPC | 04 Jun 2020

EPC Holds a Webinar on Post-Corona Turkey

The Emirates Policy Center (EPC) organized yesterday (Wednesday, 27 May 2020) a webinar on “Post-Corona Turkey: Economic Challenges and Political Blunder”. At the opening of the webinar, which was broadcast live via the Center’s accounts in different social media platforms, Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi, EPC President, said that

EPC | 28 May 2020

Ebtesam al-Ketbi in an EPC Webinar: “Signs of the Emergence of a New Post-Coronavirus Crisis Economic Order”

The Emirates Policy Center (EPC) has organized yesterday (Monday, 11 May 2020) a webinar on “Potential Post-Coronavirus Geo-economic Shifts”. At the opening of the webinar, which was broadcast live via the Center’s accounts in different social media platforms, Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi, EPC President, said that the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic were not confined to the public health systems of countries of the world or to human losses

EPC | 12 May 2020