Research Unit

Briefs

  • EPC | 14 Jul 2021

    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 | 07 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.

  • Firas Elias | 01 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?

  • EPC | 28 Jun 2021

    Prospects of Political Dialogue in Tunisia

    A severe political crisis has erupted in Tunisia due to the statements of the President of the Republic Kais Saied rejecting the national reform initiative put forward by the Tunisian Labour Union, calling for a return to the 1959 Constitution, which enshrines a presidential system in which the President of the Republic enjoys strong powers, unlike the current constitution which was issued in 2014. This crisis has erupted in a social context prone to explosion, and has been reflected in the conflict of positions, attitudes and strategies that characterises the relationship between the Tunisian political components.

  • EPC | 26 Jun 2021

    Iran 2021 Presidential Election: Political, Institutional Process and Developments after Announcement of Raisi’s Victory

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

  • EPC | 22 Jun 2021

    Future of Algeria’s Political Situation in the Wake of Recent Parliamentary Elections

    The results of Algeria’s recent legislative elections, which were held on June 12, 2021, reflect the political equation resulting from the dynamics of shift and change in the country since the protest movement started on Feb. 22, 2019 that led to the fall of former President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika, drafting a new constitution and deposing and arresting a large number of leaders from the previous era.

  • EPC | 19 Jun 2021

    Shifts in Iran's Quds Force Strategy in Iraq

    The stage that followed the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Force (QF), the arm of its Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) early 2020 has shown a state of defect in the strategy of QF in Iraq. The notable feature of this defect was the failure of the new commander of QF Esmail Ghaani to fill the vacuum left by Soleimani’s absence. Moreover, new Iranian actors – who did not have strong presence during Soleimani’s era - have entered the Iraqi scene. In addition, the rise of other factors related to Iraqi Shiite actors has also complicated the strategy of QF in Iraq.

  • EPC | 19 Jun 2021

    The Omani Delegation's Visit to Sanaa and Prospects of Peace in Yemen

    On 11 June 2021, the Omani Royal Office delegation left Sanaa after a visit, the first in years, that lasted for a week, during which it held intensive talks with the leader of the Houthi group, the head of its political council, and other Houthi political and military officials. While the results of the visit have yet to be announced, it did hold some indications of possible progress in diplomatic efforts to stop the war in Yemen.