Power Struggle over Socotra  

by Giorgio Cafiero Throughout the Yemeni civil war, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been nominal allies. Yet relations between the two have been, to say the least, tense due to conflicting visions for… Continue Reading  

The Geopolitics of Sudan’s Transition After Bashir

by Giorgio Cafiero Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s ouster in a military-led coup on April 11 marked a watershed in Sudan’s history. His departure from power was a major achievement for those across Sudan who had spent months holding large demonstrations calling… Continue Reading  

Turkey and America’s Arms Standoff

by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik In recent months and years, the Turkey-U.S. alliance has undergone considerable stress. A host of issues have fueled this friction, including Washington’s support for Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-linked forces in Syria, open questions about… Continue Reading  

More of the Same at the Arab League

by Ali Bakeer and Giorgio Cafiero When the Arab League held its annual summit last month in Tunisia, a major focus was on Palestine and the Trump administration’s recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. Tunisia’s president… Continue Reading  

Algeria’s Unrest Unsettles the Saudi/UAE-led Bloc

By Giorgio Cafiero In 2011, there was much optimism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that the so-called Arab Spring revolts would make the region more democratic. Yet over the past eight years, the MENA region has become… Continue Reading