US strategy in Syria: What you need to know

[optin-monster-shortcode id=uwscubl6egyaovvwttxm] May 2018 US unsure over its role in Syria since the early days of conflict Haunted by Libya aftermath Unilateral action by Gulf states to support Syrian movements resulted in strengthened extremist entities Tentatively supported Free Syria Army, however concerns over its loose structure   Following Russian intervention and Assad resurgence, US sought to provide greater support for …

Why the Gulf desire for US patronage?

[optin-monster-shortcode id=uwscubl6egyaovvwttxm] In the King AbdulAziz museum in Riyadh, there is a picture of King AbdulAziz and the then-king of Bahrain sitting next to each other. My guide was keen to show the picture and encouraged me to marvel at it. From my perspective, it was no different from other historical photos you might see of leaders sitting next to …

Lebanon Government Negotiations: What you need to know

[optin-monster-shortcode id=uwscubl6egyaovvwttxm]   Lebanon’s elections saw Hariri suffer losses with Hezbollah making gains. A consensus among analysts indicates that Hezbollah is the de facto winner of the elections and is now in a much stronger position to exert influence over Lebanon’s domestic and foreign policy. Below are some of the key dynamics to be aware of as the negotiations over …

Tunisia Municipality Elections 2018: What you need to know

Low turnout of 33.7% suggests widespread apathy.   Nahda were, and remain, the biggest advocates of local elections as they are the most organised at grassroots level with very little competition from other, more nascent, parties.   Calls for a boycott of the elections on the grounds of an absence of a clear election law by parties such as Tayyar …

Turkey Snap Elections 2018: What you need to know

[optin-monster-shortcode id=uwscubl6egyaovvwttxm]   What you need to know about the snap Turkish elections   Attempts have been made to encourage former President Abdullah Gul to run against President Erdogan. The aim behind these attempts is to split the Islamist vote. Although Gul appears to have rejected the opportunity to run, his silence has been noted by AK Parti supporters as …