Middle East

The Middle East Needs a Westphalian Moment not New Borders

By ; Younes Hassar, for International Policy Digest (*) Whole cities have been destroyed. Massacres and unspeakable atrocities have been visited upon an increasingly weary and desperate population. A growing flow of refugees and displaced persons wander across the roads …

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Syria peace talks : what you need to know

What are the ‘Intra-Syria’ Talks in Geneva and can they succeed? By Richard Spencer, Middle East Editor at The Telegraph The United Nations is hosting a new round of talks aimed at ending the war in Syria, meeting at the …

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Palestinian police seek to arrest legislator MP in Ramallah

Press Agencies – Palestinian Territories: Palestinian Authority policemen tried on Thursday to arrest a female legislator who had accused a cabinet minister of financial corruption. Eyewitnesses said the police officers were waiting for Ms. Najat Abu Baker, an elected Fatah …

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Survey: deep-seated mistrust of the Palestinian President

RAMALLAH, West Bank / Palestinian Territories: More than half of Palestinians no longer support a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel, a survey released on Monday showed, rejecting the goal that has underpinned four decades of international diplomacy. The …

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Steps to Face Radicalism

Written by Amer Al Sabaileh and published at Jordan Times. Most of the Middle East nowadays is fertile territory for expansion of radicalism. Radicalisation is usually an evolutionary process that includes various stages: pre-radicalisation, self- identification, indoctrination and fighting. In …

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Sectarianism and The Politics of Fear in Iraq

With the Islamic State seizing control of much of the Sunni-majority territory in Iraq’s north and west, a de facto Shi’a “Islamic State” could be emerging in the south. What drives this division is fear, which military actors on both …

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How far can the Islamic State expand?

The ability of the Islamic State to expand its influence and territorial control depends on a range of state and social factors specific to each country in the region. Following the recent killings of Egyptian Copts in Libya and the attack on Tunisia’s Bardo Museum, the …

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