AKP storm to victory. And that is good news for the Middle East.

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Against all odds, the AKP today secured a stunning comeback to secure just about 50% of the votes translating to approximately 316 seats and a majority victory. The result restores the AKP majority meaning that they will not need to form a coalition. The HDP, the party that delivered the initial blow to the AKP that resulted in these early …

Editor’s Piece: ISIL thrives as the West blunders

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

ISIL’s explosive rise has upended the political status quo in the Middle East. Despite international efforts to contain and defeat the group, ISIL appears to be in solid control of its territory, demonstrating a daring and unprecedented financial self-efficiency not seen in other terrorist groups – even trading in oil with Mosul as its capital. More so, ISIL has demonstrated …