Research Unit


  • Dr. Ebtesam Al Ketbi | 24 Feb 2021

    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.

  • EPC | 16 Jul 2020

    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 | 23 Apr 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 | 07 Oct 2019

    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 | 01 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 | 25 Aug 2019

    Iraq’s Shifting Political Landscape and Foreign Policy Trajectories

    Following the defeat of ISIS in late 2017, Iraq has entered a new era. A number of key internal and external factors will determine Iraq’s future in this new epoch and will have a significant bearing on the security and stability of the entire region.

  • EPC | 07 Oct 2018

    Troubled Iran: Causes, Contexts and Consequences

    On December 28, 2017, massive popular protests erupted in the Islamic Republic of Iran, starting in Mashhad before engulfing more than eighty cities and towns across the country.

  • EPC | 16 Sep 2018

    Decoding Hezbollah

    The Lebanese Hezbollah experienced developments and transformations in recent years that would have ramifications on its trajectory and consequences on Lebanon and the region as a whole.