Research Unit


  • EPC | 11 Aug 2021

    Mapping Political Actors in Iraq

    Mapping Political Actors in Iraq aims to: identify the main individuals, parties, alliances and other actors in Iraqi politics; analyze their strengths and weaknesses; identify the tools they employ to achieve their goals; expose the interactions and balances between them; and explore their regional and international alliances. In doing so, it identifies key polarizing issues and attitudes, as well as likely scenarios for their development going forward.

  • EPC | 11 Apr 2021

    Strategic Report - Iran / Second Edition: The Iranian Situation in 2020

    Iran Strategic Report is designed to provide an impartial and objective reading of the situation in Iran. The importance of this strategic report stems from the political, geographic and social importance of Iran and the impact of its ideological orientations and alliances on regional policies, security and stability in the Gulf region and broader Middle East. Particular importance is attached to the 2020 report given its contribution to the understanding of Iran’s question and drivers of Tehran’s behavior in this potentially decisive year in the life of the Iranian revolution amidst the preparations of the forthcoming presidential elections in June 2021, which will also be pivotal for reasons the reader will find out as she/he reads the report.

  • Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi | 22 Mar 2021

    The UAE Power-Building Model and Foreign Policy Shifts

    The United Arab Emirates represents an ideal case to study of a small state’s effective response to strategic challenges and contemporary shifts in the Middle East. Regional and international geopolitical developments in the region since the dawn of the twenty-first century have forced radical changes in UAE foreign policy and power-building.

  • 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.