A Tale of Two Evils: ISIS is Gone, but the Tobacco Industry Remains
Faisal Abualhassan, December 2017
Smoking was the first act of many people released from control of the Islamic state. Yet cigarettes remain a major danger in the Arab world, which is subject to the pressures and manoeuvres of the tobacco industry.
It’s an emblematic symbol of liberation from ISIS across Iraq and Syria. (...)
The Repeated Failures to Bring About a Settlement in Libya
Why the International Community Has It All Wrong
Patrick Haimzadeh , April 2017
The Government of National Accord set up last year under pressure from the West only worsened the country’s fragmentation. Yet the present stand-off should teach the international community to be more in tune with the local political culture and to set in motion a virtuous circle from the bottom (...)
Turkey Places Too Much Hope in Trump
Bayram Balci, March 2017
Donald Trump’s election was favourably greeted in Ankara. Turkish-American relations had seriously deteriorated during the Obama presidency. Yet it is unlikely that Washington will modify its policies on the Syrian issue (and specifically its support for the Kurds), go back to its refusal to (...)
Moscow Capital of the Middle East
Waiting for Donald Trump
Alain Gresh, March 2017
Russia now occupies a pivotal position in the Middle Eastern political chessboard. Its military presence in Syria, the axis created with Iran and Turkey have made the Russians a required partner for all sides in the ongoing war. But Russia is also caught up in the conflicts between its allies (...)
Turkey Trapped in the Syrian Crisis
Samim Akgönül, January 2017
For some ten years now, Turkey’s regonal policies have been characterised by U-turns and changes of heart. Henceforth, Ankara is bogged down in the Syrian crisis, caught between Kurdish demands and the terrorist attacks of ISIS.
On December 19, 2016, on the eve of the opening of the summit (...)
Mosul, key to the future of a unified Iraq
Take back the city . . . and then what?
Myriam Benraad, October 2016
Iraqi Premier Haïdar Al-Abadi and US President Barack Obama have promised impending defeat of the Islamic State organization (IS) in Mosul. However the battle for the nerve center of the “caliphate” is turning out to be more complex than expected. Besides which there is no telling whether this (...)