Talking with an Unrepentant ISIS Fighter

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by Giorgio Cafiero Situated at the Turkish-Syrian border’s intersection with the Mediterranean, Turkey’s southernmost Hatay Province has been highly vulnerable to spillover effects from Syria’s raging war. That’s been a function not only of geography and refugee waves, but also… Continue Reading  

Attacks in Azerbaijan: Manipulation of a “Shiite Threat” and Iran

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 by Eldar Mamedov Highly unusual events have been rocking the small, but strategically important Caspian nation of Azerbaijan during the last week. An attempt on the life of Elmar Veliyev, the mayor of the nation´s second city, Ganja, took place… Continue Reading  

European Parliament Calls for Sanctions against Bahrain

Beating marks on the back of Nabeel Rajab after police attacked peaceful protest in 2005 (Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov On June 14, the European Parliament has adopted, with an overwhelming majority, a strongly worded resolution condemning Bahrain for human rights violations. The immediate trigger for the resolution was the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini… Continue Reading  

The Middle East in Trump’s Wake

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by Emile Nakhleh As President Donald Trump revels in his diplomatic foray into North Korea, he doesn’t have any comparable diplomatic “success” in the Middle East. None of the optimistic promises he made upon assuming office in January 2017 regarding… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Desperate Alliance Moves

Abdel Fatah el-Sisi of Egypt and Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

by Javad Heiran-Nia The establishment of security pacts and alliances among countries demands high levels of cooperation from its member to deal effectively with different threats. Saudi Arabia and Egypt, for instance, have called for an “Arab NATO” to “wipe terrorism… Continue Reading