Research Unit


  • Mohamad Kawas | 27 May 2020

    Return of the Controversy over Control of the Lebanese-Syrian Border: Entanglements and Complexities

    Debate has returned anew in Lebanon over the existence of serious and increasing international interest in controlling the border with Syria. There has been an increase in positions that shed light on the smuggling phenomenon through 161 corridors on Lebanon’s eastern border, constituting the largest waste outlet of the country’s economic resources.

  • Amr Abdelatty | 18 May 2020

    The Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on the Upcoming U.S Presidential Elections

    The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an unprecedented challenge for the US presidential elections. It coincides with the middle of the first of three scheduled steps to hold them, namely the choice by each party of a candidate through the primary elections or caucuses. This has led some states to delay their primary elections till the summer, in the hope that circumstances will get better for voters to go to the polls.

  • EPC | 17 May 2020

    Signs of Renewed Tension in Dara’a Governorate in Syria: Dynamics and Prospects

    The Syrian Daraa province is experiencing escalating tension amidst a fragile security situation and a multiplicity of actors with conflicting goals and policies. While the province is subject to a settlement deal based on a Russian guarantorship, a US understanding and regional support, the security situation in the province is prone to explosion.

  • Mohamad Kawas | 13 May 2020

    Iraq after the Formation of Al-Kadhimi’s Government: Opportunities and Expectations

    Mustafa al-Kadhimi has managed to gain the confidence of the Iraqi parliament and became officially Iraq’s Prime Minister. Doubtlessly, this is an important event, not just because others have failed to form a new government since the resignation of former Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, but also because the name of al-Kadhimi, his political and professional background and the circumstances of the formation of his government warrant a deeper reading of the shifts in the regional and international landscapes.

  • Ola Rafiq Mohamed | 06 May 2020

    The Impact of Coronavirus Crisis on Terrorism: Patterns and Expectations

    Indications have emerged that coronavirus has led to the emergence of new patterns of extremism and terrorism. This raises questions about the implications of the coronavirus pandemic for this phenomenon and the extent of its effects on the agendas and nature of terrorist groups as well as the potential future trends after the end of this serious epidemic crisis.

  • Hamdi Bashir | 04 May 2020

    Risks of the Spread of Coronavirus Epidemic for Counter-terrorism Efforts in West Africa

    West Africa region is experiencing an upward trend in infections with coronavirus (COVID-19) since the first infection was announced in the region in March 2020. This comes at a time when terrorist organizations have intensified their attacks to benefit from the preoccupation by governments with combating the epidemic. This raises questions about the risks of the epidemic spread for counter-terrorism efforts and the likely scenarios.

  • EPC | 03 May 2020

    Termination of the Skhirat Agreement and Prospects of the Libyan Landscape

    In light of the announcement by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army of “accepting the people’s mandate to govern the country and end the Skhirat Agreement” and the intensification of the battle of western Libya between the Libyan National Army and the army loyal to the Government of National Accord, several questions are raised regarding the future of the military situation in western Libya and its impact on the political solution approach in Libya.

  • EPC | 02 May 2020

    Will Israel succeed in “Driving Iran Out” of Syria?

    Israel’s recent intensified airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria come within the context of a new strategy that is based on “driving Iran for good” out of Syria, which was disclosed by Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett. To what extent can Israel achieve its new targets in Syria, and will its strategy be successful in driving Iran out of Syria?