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Operation Peace Spring

Background On October 9 Turkey launched an offensive in north-eastern Syria, which it called the Operation Peace Spring (Turkish: Barış Pınarı Harekâtı) with the aim of creating a buffer zone between Turkey and Syria where Erdogan said the 3.65 million … Continue reading

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Protests in Iraq

Since 2018, Iraq has been in the throes of sporadic protests flaring up every now and then due to the endemic level of corruption and deteriorating economy. The latest round of protests started on October 1, 2019 in Baghdad, spreading … Continue reading

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Christians in MENA

Every year we get to work with wonderful interns at iStrategic. This year is no different. At the end of the internship, the final assignment might be an essay on a topic/news story of interest to the intern to be … Continue reading

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Algeria Protests

2019 Algerian Protests and the bureaucratic consequences: Background Algeria was rocked by months of street demonstrations starting in February 2019. These demonstrations were initially triggered by President AbdelAziz Bouteflika’s decision to announce his candidacy for a fifth presidential term in … Continue reading

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Iraq and the PMF

Iraq’s Prime Minister, Adil Abdul Mahdi, has recently issued a controversial decree to limit the powers of influential Iranian-backed Shiite militias, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). The decree is aimed to satisfy the U.S. amidst the mounting … Continue reading

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Sudan Post-Military Coup

Background of Protests Sudan has been rocked by continuous and sustained protests starting in December 2018. Protests started in reaction to President Bashir’s decision of imposing austerity measures in order to prevent economic collapse. The measures entailed severe cuts to … Continue reading

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Oman: Balancing Interests & Principles

  The Omani foreign minister, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, met in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in May, stating that “There is a danger that a war breaks out, hurting the whole world … Both parties, … Continue reading

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Turkey’s S-400

Turkey is attempting a balancing act between two competing agendas, that of the United States and NATO, and Russia. Given that Turkish economy has already entered a recessionary phase, tense diplomatic relations with the US and Turkey’s NATO allies are … Continue reading

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US Troops in Iraq

US Troops in Iraq In 2003 an American-led invasion put an end to Saddam Hussein’s rule in Iraq. At its peak, the US troop levels in Iraq stood at 166,000. Although the US combat mission of helping Iraq with post-invasion … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Exit from MESA

The Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) and Egypt’s Withdrawal The Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), also called the “Arab NATO”, is a regional security alliance originally proposed by the Trump administration to include in addition to the US, Egypt, Jordan, … Continue reading

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