Fri, Jan 6th 2012, 1:40PM
Iraq's New PM: A Change in Style or Substance?

During his first week in office, Iraq’s new prime minister, Haydar al-Abbadi, has made a number of significant announcements, ranging from highly symbolic moves to more wide-ranging initiatives. Reidar Visser lists some of the ways in which Abbadi and differs from his predecessor, Nuri al-Maliki. 

Turkey: A Reluctant Partner in the Fight against ISIS

President Obama laid out his strategy to fight Islamic State (IS) and repeatedly stressed that the most important component of his strategy was working with regional allies. Although IS poses a threat to its national security, Turkey is likely to be a reluctant partner. Gönül Tol explains.

The Huthi Ascent to Power

A movement that began in 1990 as a handful of students giving summer classes now dictates terms to the Yemeni government. Charles Schmitz explains who the Huthi are and what they want.

 

Secular Parties in Egypt’s Political Landscape

Amid increasing calls by political figures and media pundits to postpone parliamentary elections and to rally behind the president, newly created secular political parties feel further weakened, and are seeking to build alliances to assure their political presence and relevance, writes Khaled Dawoud. 

A Coalition of Uncertainty

After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, President George H.W. Bush and his secretary of state, James A. Baker, worked for months to organize a “coalition of the willing” to retake Kuwait and evict the Iraqis.  It was a challenging diplomatic feat.  But the situation confronting President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry is considerably murkier.

Extremist Groups in Syria

Three and a half years into the Syrian civil war, it is clear that any hopes that the overall insurgency against the Assad regime might develop in a more “mainstream” and “moderate” direction have dissipated. Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi describes the jihadi organizations that espouse the project of a transnational Caliphate and whose influence vastly overshadows the "Southern Front."

Egyptian Economic Challenges and Policy Exigencies

The current Egyptian government has initiated important steps to address the mounting economic challenges. Zubair Iqbal describes some of the challenges as well as additional measures that are required to make the reforms successful.

Iraq's New PM: A Change in Style or Substance?

During his first week in office, Iraq’s new prime minister, Haydar al-Abbadi, has made a number of significant announcements, ranging from highly symbolic moves to more wide-ranging initiatives. Reidar Visser lists some of the ways in which Abbadi and differs from his predecessor, Nuri al-Maliki. 

Turkey: A Reluctant Partner in the Fight against ISIS

President Obama laid out his strategy to fight Islamic State (IS) and repeatedly stressed that the most important component of his strategy was working with regional allies. Although IS poses a threat to its national security, Turkey is likely to be a reluctant partner. Gönül Tol explains.

The Huthi Ascent to Power

A movement that began in 1990 as a handful of students giving summer classes now dictates terms to the Yemeni government. Charles Schmitz explains who the Huthi are and what they want.

 

Secular Parties in Egypt’s Political Landscape

Amid increasing calls by political figures and media pundits to postpone parliamentary elections and to rally behind the president, newly created secular political parties feel further weakened, and are seeking to build alliances to assure their political presence and relevance, writes Khaled Dawoud. 

A Coalition of Uncertainty

After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, President George H.W. Bush and his secretary of state, James A. Baker, worked for months to organize a “coalition of the willing” to retake Kuwait and evict the Iraqis.  It was a challenging diplomatic feat.  But the situation confronting President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry is considerably murkier.

Extremist Groups in Syria

Three and a half years into the Syrian civil war, it is clear that any hopes that the overall insurgency against the Assad regime might develop in a more “mainstream” and “moderate” direction have dissipated. Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi describes the jihadi organizations that espouse the project of a transnational Caliphate and whose influence vastly overshadows the "Southern Front."

Egyptian Economic Challenges and Policy Exigencies

The current Egyptian government has initiated important steps to address the mounting economic challenges. Zubair Iqbal describes some of the challenges as well as additional measures that are required to make the reforms successful.

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