Revolution from the Outside-In: The Periphery Has Taken Center Stage in the Arab Revolts of the 2010s

By Eian Katz It has become popular to frame the ongoing protests in Iraq and Lebanon as a revival of the Arab Spring. One thing that the present unrest undoubtedly shares in common with its 2011 progenitor is its expansive… Continue Reading  

U.S. Weighs Lifting Terror-Related Sanctions Against Sudan 

by Yigal Chazan The U.S. is facing a difficult dilemma as it considers when to lift severely restrictive sanctions against Sudan—sanctions that, left in place for much longer, could hamper if not derail a transition to democracy.

Protest: The King Is Dead, Long Live the King

by James M. Dorsey Protest is back on the front burner.

Nurturing Sudan’s Fledgling Power-Sharing Accord

by International Crisis Group On 17 August, four months after the most sustained protest campaign in Sudan’s modern history swept Omar al-Bashir from power, the Forces of Freedom and Change opposition coalition signed a power-sharing accord with the ruling military… Continue Reading  

Putin’s Mercenaries Are Using Syria as a Training Ground

by Nicolai Due-Gundersen The year 2014 was a difficult one for the Middle East but an interesting one for Russia. While the Muslim world watched the rise of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), Russian President Vladimir Putin was reversing… Continue Reading