Macron’s Fight Against Radical Militants in Mali

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by Giorgio Cafiero On July 2, France along with five African states – Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali, and Mauritania – launched a multinational force to confront al-Qaeda offshoots and other militant extremists in the volatile Sahel. President Emmanuel Macron… Continue Reading  

Libya’s Islamists and Their Qatari Backers Under the Gun

Retired Libyan Army general Khalifa Haftar

by Giorgio Cafiero and Dr. Theodore Karasik Six years ago, Qatar’s “pro-Arab Spring” foreign policy helped shape Libyan history. As a member of the NATO-led military intervention against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, Qatar attacked the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya’s targets with its… Continue Reading  

Can the UAE Help Libya End Its Civil War?

General Khalifa Haftar speaks during a press conference in Amman, Jordan, 24 August 2015.       ANSA /JAMAL NASRALLAH

by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik The overthrow of Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 plunged Libya into chaos almost three years before the North African country’s ongoing civil war erupted. The power vacuum left by the former regime’s… Continue Reading  

Islamists at War in Turkey

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by Graham E. Fuller  Last week witnessed what may be the last act of an unfolding struggle between two major Islamic movements in Turkey. Turkish president and leader of the AKP party Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused exiled Islamic leader Fethullah Gülen… Continue Reading  

Preparing for a Post-Assad Syria

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by Derek Davison Several recent events suggest that the tide in Syria’s four-year-long civil war may be decisively turning away from President Bashar al-Assad and toward a coalition of rebel forces. In late March, rebels succeeded in capturing the important… Continue Reading