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The Islamic State in Raqqa and Mosul

On June 11th, the international coalition launched a coordinated offensive against the Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which is likely to fall…

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The Syria Paper – An Insider’s View on a Global Crisis – part 1

1st Edition : The Astana process & life in government held areas Six years of war in Syria have had a devastating toll with almost…

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Turkey – Why Erdogan denies the Lausanne Treaty

It is obvious that, by questioning the Treaty of Lausanne, Erdogan’s recent rhetoric could be considered a part of his internal political considerations. What is…

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Operation Mosul : The fear of a new humanitarian crisis.

The campaign for the recapture of Mosul, in Iraq was launched on the early morning of the 10th October while airstrikes and heavy artillery fire…

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The New Cold War: The Russian plan for reshaping the balance of power.

“In the end, peace can be achieved only by hegemony or by balance of powers” H. Kissinger.  There has been indeed a long time since…

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Turkey: A Coup in the Works

16th July 2016 Middle East, Other Solutions

It was reported around 9:00 pm GMT that a faction of the Turkish military is carrying out a coup taking over government infrastructure in Istanbul…

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Comparative Analysis of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

Common features and distinctions of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. While there is a common conception that as both groups share much in common and both…

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Short Note: Beirut Municipal Elections

8th of May Beirut Municipal Elections. “The Beirut municipality alone could improve the lives of close to 2 million people, if it were effective.” –…

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Egypt: Losing Sinai and Sanafir.

30th April 2016 Africa, Middle East, Other Solutions

The return of  Tiran and Sanafirwould to Saudi Arabia. “Egypt did not relinquish even a grain of sand. All the data and documents say nothing except…

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Turkey’s islamic state crisis

7th April 2016 Middle East

“Turkey – Syria relations have long been strained with a number  of factors hindering the diplomatic process. This history  stretches back and includes incidents such…

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Syria Ceasefire

7th March 2016 Middle East

Please see below our publication on the security situation in Syria. 160307_OSC_Syria Ceasefire

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