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The Next Iranian Elections mark a new period in the Republic’s Internal Power Struggle

The intensity of inter-factional power struggle illustrated by the constant leakages of corruption against rival camps together with the increasing frustration of people with religious government could finally expose the Islamic Republic to the consequences of its own internal contradictions.

The Health Sector in Palestine

The Palestinian Authority (PA) allocates a large portion of its gross domestic product to the health sector. Yet the sector has not improved as expected since the establishment of the PA in 1994.

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.

Turkey Coup: After the Failed Coup, Now the Isolation?

The sluggish and lukewarm response from the international community to the attempted coup, and the salvo of criticism that followed the widespread crackdown, made the president and his followers deeply suspicious of a potential global conspiracy against his regime. As tens of thousands of people are fired from Turkey’s public institutions, the country seems more isolated than ever.

Challenges Persist One Year After Iran Nuclear Deal Signed

The nuclear deal was based on a basic give-and-take principle. In exchange for Iran agreeing to intrusive international inspections and monitoring, and limits on its enrichment and heavy water capacity, the P5+1 would respect Iran’s right to nuclear enrichment and remove all nuclear-related sanctions. However, the future of this quid pro quo is under threat.

The Challenges of a Growing Population for Egypt

Egypt, already the most populous country in the Arab world, hit a new milestone on 6 December 2015, when the country’s domestic population reached 90 millions. The increasing population has strained the resources of the populous Arab state. Many Egyptians live in difficult conditions, with the infrastructure of the country failing to match the increase in population, especially in rural areas. A shocking report released by CAPMAS near the end of 2015 found that three-quarters of 4,655 Egyptian villages surveyed lacked sewage systems…


Sudan is a poor country, despite its potential resources. Sudan’s economy is basically agricultural, with inadequate infrastructure and ridden by civil wars and social and ethnic conflict. The government is attempting to develop non-petroleum sources of revenues, such as gold mining, while carrying out an austerity programme to reduce expenditures.

Redrawing the Map of the Middle East to Defeat the Islamic State

The complicated rivalries among Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia and the increasingly sectarian outlook of the conflict in Syria opened the door for proposals to redraw the borders of the region’s countries, perhaps going as far as to suggest the establishment of both a new “Sunni” state in areas now under the control of IS in Syria and Iraq and a Kurdish state. While countries such as Libya do not suffer the kinds of sectarian division that prevail in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, these are replaced by tribal and regional rivalries that open the door to possible divisions of the countries.

Sisi’s Egypt

After three years of economic turmoil and a lack of security, many people had very high expectations of al-Sisi’s presidency. Unless he delivers tangible results early on, his position might not be secure, especially considering that mass street protests removed his predecessor after less than a year in office.

Heavy Blow Dealt to Egypt Tourism Industry Likely to Last

Egypt is losing nearly $300 million each month since the Russian and British decisions to ban flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, according to Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou. Nagy Eryan, deputy chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Companies, said he expected a 60 per cent decrease in the country’s income from tourism in 2015.