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Perception of US policy in the Middle East

The Obama administration’s effort to encourage its Arab allies to carry a bigger burden in promoting peace in the Middle East has not revitalized its alliances with a new sense of common purpose and cooperation. Rather, it has left traditional partners feeling abandoned.

Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami, Qatar’s Persecuted Poet

The Qatari poet Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami, a third-year literature student at Cairo University, was arrested on 16 November 2011 in Doha on charges of insulting the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and for inciting to overthrow the ruling regime. The latter carries a maximum sentence of death. Al-Ajami was originally jailed for life, but the sentence was reduced to 15 years on appeal. However, he was released after receiving a royal pardon from the Emir himself on 15 March 2016.

Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s Next Leader?

Yaalon (1950) was born into a working-class family affiliated with the Labour Party, and grew up on a left-leaning settlement. The combination of a distinguished military career, promises of tackling the real issues in Israeli society, support of officers who speak their mind and Netanyahu’s waning popularity will prove to be a successful formula for Yaalon’s attempt to win the next election.

Parliamentary Elections in Jordan See Return of Islamists, Unseat Heavyweights

On 20 September 2016, the Jordanian voted to elect their representatives in the 18th parliament, but the results revealed some surprises. Several heavyweights who had been fixtures on Jordan’s political scene for decades were unable to keep their seats. The vote also brought back the Islamic Action Front (IAF), which gained ten seats in the 130-seat House and helped five of their allies, including non-Islamists, to make it into the lower chamber.

Could Takeover of Libya’s Oil Crescent be Nail in GNA’s Coffin?

Haftar has now secured a place in Libya’s political transition, and his demands – becoming the head of a new unified Libyan army under a central government and keeping the army out of civilian hands – will perhaps be met in future political negotiations. Consequently, the fate of the GNA, and by extension Libya’s peace and unity, looks increasingly uncertain.

In Syria, Ancient City of Palmyra Still a Battleground

The ancient and strategic city of Palmyra fell to Islamic State (IS) in May 2015. Ten months later, on 27 March 2016, the Syrian army, backed by Russian forces, recaptured the city, an event largely viewed as a turning point in the war against ‘the terrorists’.

As UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech Approaches, What is the State of Morocco’s National Security?

What is the state of security today in Morocco? An initial answer would be that the country is still vulnerable for a number of reasons. According to recent reports, Moroccan jihadists are continuing to join IS in Libya and are increasing communication and coordination with sympathizers back home.

This Summer, No Respite for Bahrain’s Heated Politics

A court in Bahrain dissolved the main Shia opposition party al-Wefaq in July 2016. The problem is a straightforward one: the opposition wants more democracy and all that comes with it, such as a constitutional monarchy, transparency, inclusiveness, equality and justice. The government, which is essentially an extension of the royal family, does not.

Rapprochement Between Israel and Saudi Arabia

The rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Israel became public at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington in June 2015, revealing that the two countries held secret meetings to discuss shared goals and the regional ascendence of Iran.