Turkey Backs Maduro Against Coup Threat

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Nicolas Maduro

by Giorgio Cafiero The violent unrest in Venezuela, which has pitted supporters of Nicolás Maduro’s government against the opposition, polarizes states in Latin America and beyond. Along with Canada and Israel, Washington’s Latin American allies—Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica,… Continue Reading  

Will a Revolution Oust Sudan’s Defiant President?

Omar al-Bashir

by Giorgio Cafiero Widespread rage over rising fuel and bread prices, inflation, and cash shortages triggered Sudan’s daily protests. These demonstrations began on December 19 in the River Nile city of Atbara, located in central Sudan. They quickly spread to… Continue Reading  

What Next for Gabon?

Ali Bongo (Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Flickr)

by Giorgio Cafiero Gabon, an oil-rich Central African state located along the equator, is not typically on the international media’s radar. The relative stability that has generally shaped Gabonese politics for decades largely explains the country’s low profile in the… Continue Reading  

The UAE Campaign Against Political Islam: Implications for London

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed

by Giorgio Cafiero Arguably, of all Arab states, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is least tolerant of political Islam and most determined to weaken its influence throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The rulers in Abu Dhabi, who… Continue Reading  

After Trump’s Syria Announcement, YPG Looks to Moscow and Damascus

U.S. Marines engaged in anti-IS operations in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, October 2018 (Wikimedia Commons)

by Giorgio Cafiero When a plethora of state and non-state actors were collaborating in the struggle against the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) in Syria during the so-called caliphate’s peak, the dominant Kurdish force—the People’s Protection Units (YPG)—cooperated with both… Continue Reading