Category: ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY

The Arab Spring Seven Years On: Failure or Just the Beginning?

When Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi announced the creation of the Islamic State on 29 June 2014 in Mosul, it came as a shock to every observer of the Arab world. Experts failed to predict this major event, just like they failed to foresee the coming of the Arab Spring in December 2010 and the first months of 2011. Prior to 2010, many articles appeared in news outlets describing the dire situation in which vast parts of the Arab population were living. However, at the same time, internal and external observers showed careful...

Why are Iran’s hardliners threatening Europe?

  Europe has been on the forefront of defending the Iran Deal, better known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), from unraveling under the Trump administration. For months, European diplomats have made dozens of visits to Capitol Hill, and this week is no exception. Europeans are organising a joint team to travel to Washington to pressure the U.S. to stay in the nuclear agreement. So when Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the deputy head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), warned on November 26 that Tehran would increase its ballistic...

How Egypt is making IS bigger in Sinai

  During Friday prayers, Egypt witnessed a massacre of 305 civilians and dozens of injuries in what seems to be a well-planned bomb and gun attack on al-Rawda Mosque in the Beir al-Abed village near al-Arish, the capital of North Sinai. This assault is not the first, but it is the biggest in Egypt’s recent history in terms of casualties. The ‘Islamic State’ (IS) militant group hasn’t claimed the operation yet, but their fingerprints are all over the scene: the nature of the target, the location, and the capacity deployed. Unlike other...