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The Next Round in Gaza

Middle East Report N°149, 25 March 2014

With Hamas’s fortunes on the decline and Gaza suffering its worst isolation and economic constriction in years, it is only a matter of time until a flare-up with Israel escalates into a major conflagration – unless the two reach a modest understanding to extend a fragile quiet.

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The Next Round in Gaza, Middle East Report N°149, 25 Mar 2014

With Hamas’s fortunes on the decline and Gaza suffering its worst isolation and economic constriction in years, it is only a matter of time until a flare-up with Israel escalates into a major conflagration – unless the two reach a modest understanding to extend a fragile quiet.

Tunisia’s Borders: Jihadism and Contraband, Middle East and North Africa Report N°148, 28 Nov 2013

Unless the permeability of the country’s borders is addressed, cross-border trafficking will increase jihadis’ disruptive potential and intensify the corruption of border authorities.

Leap of Faith: Israel’s National Religious and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Middle East Report N°147, 21 Nov 2013

For peace talks to produce an agreement enjoying maximum legitimacy, Israel’s national-religious community should be engaged lest it obstruct the path to peace. עברית

Anything But Politics: The State of Syria’s Political Opposition, Middle East Report N°146, 17 Oct 2013

Often derided for its infighting or dismissed as irrelevant, Syria’s political opposition reflects the contradictions and conflicting geopolitical interests upon which it was founded.

Yemen’s Southern Question: Avoiding a Breakdown, Middle East Report N°145, 25 Sep 2013

Yemen must agree on its state structure, including the South’s status, to forge a stable future. A final agreement cannot be forced by the National Dialogue Conference; for some key issues, only continued, more inclusive talks in the context of confidence-building measures can succeed.

Make or Break: Iraq’s Sunnis and the State, Middle East Report N°144, 14 Aug 2013

With Sunni Arab frustration at a boil at home, unprecedented Sunni-Shiite polarisation in the region and deadly car bombings plaguing the country, Iraq is inching toward relapse into generalised sectarian conflict.

Great Expectations: Iran’s New President and the Nuclear Talks, Middle East Briefing N°36, 13 Aug 2013

In the midst of dispiriting events sweeping the region, Hassan Rouhani’s 4 August swearing in as Iran’s president offers a rare and welcome glimmer of hope.

Marching in Circles: Egypt’s Dangerous Second Transition, Middle East/North Africa Briefing N°35, 7 Aug 2013

Nearly two-and-half years after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow, Egypt is embarking on a transition in many ways disturbingly like the one it just experienced, only with different actors at the helm and far more fraught and violent.

Syria’s Metastasising Conflicts, Middle East Report N°143, 27 Jun 2013

While a diplomatic settlement of the Syrian war is unrealistic at present, it remains the only viable option. It will require difficult steps by local, regional and international actors to accommodate competing interests.

Buying Time? Money, Guns and Politics in the West Bank, Middle East Report N°142, 29 May 2013

The West Bank is experiencing rising instability and insecurity that palliative measures can help contain but can neither reverse nor end in the absence of a broad political settlement.

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Tunisia’s Borders: Jihadism and Contraband
Middle East and North Africa Report N°148, 28 Nov 2013
Now available in English
Leap of Faith: Israel’s National Religious and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Middle East Report N°147, 21 Nov 2013
Now available in Arabic
Tunisia’s Borders: Jihadism and Contraband
Middle East and North Africa Report N°148, 28 Nov 2013
Now available in Arabic
Leap of Faith: Israel’s National Religious and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Middle East Report N°147, 21 Nov 2013
Now available in Hebrew
Marching in Circles: Egypt’s Dangerous Second Transition
Middle East/North Africa Briefing N°35, 7 Aug 2013
Now available in Arabic