Opinions

It's clear that the current regime in Egypt – far from any form of democratization – dragged the country into a more totalitarian rule. Following the military coup in 2013, the new regime in Egypt has taken serious steps to limit the activities of civil society. The regime led by Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi took the initial attack on the Muslim Brotherhood movement, the largest...
As a result of the recent debates on Israel's rights over the territories occupied, it appears that Israeli authorities have made a series of attempts to justify their ties with the land and to legitimize the occupation. In this context, in order to prove their antiquity with the land, they have used a variety of archaeological materials to fabricate legitimacy in international...
Sisi's frequent meetings with Trump and Netanyahu reveal that Egypt is under the full control of the U.S. and Israel, particularly with regards to their policies in the Middle East. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi made his fifth appearance at the United Nations General Assembly. He has become the first Egyptian president to participate in the UN General Assembly for five...
It may be misleading to state that the wave of regional transformation, which began in 2010, has come to an end despite the downward course of events in recent years. Many factors, both regional and international, have the potential to reactivate the wave of transformation in the Middle East. The Middle East has been going through a transformation period that was triggered with...
Unlike other countries that experienced violence and instability during the wave of the Arab uprisings, Morocco has achieved relative stability. However, deteriorating economic conditions, the democratic demands of the youth and ethnic discrimination have contributed to widespread dissatisfaction among Moroccans against their long-standing regime. The Arab uprisings, which began...
Arms imports of Middle Eastern countries have increased more than twice during the last decade. The main reason for this increase is the fact that most of the actors in the region directly or indirectly are involved in conflicts. The Middle East has become one of the most important destinations of arms exports in recent years. Arms imports of Middle Eastern countries have...
Egypt has been experiencing continuing instability since the military coup that took place on July 3, 2013. The coup was a turning point for the political life in Egypt and in the Middle East. A number of regional and international actors closely followed the developments taking place in Egypt since the coup. These actors supported the military coup and the regime that came to...
The canal project is an expression of the hostility from Saudi Arabia against Qatar. This is also observed from the comments from the Saudi officials. Saud Al-Qahtani, an advisor of Saudi Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Selman, congratulated the Saudi people for the "canal project, which will turn the "terrorist Qatari state" into an island." The Gulf crisis, which began in June 2017,...
The Gulf crisis served as an important lesson for the Middle Eastern regimes. Most countries realized that diversifying their alliances and establishing good relations with reliable partners is crucial. The Gulf region experienced its most serious crisis during the summer of 2017. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic relations with Qatar and...
It can be predicted that Jordan will have to face more serious challenges in the coming period. Its economic problems will continue to exist as the country needs external support, the new political setting in the region will put more pressure on King Abdullah's regime. As the region will focus more on the Palestinian issue, it will also bring Jordan on the spotlight in regional...

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