Why did Netanyahu Stutter in the Face of Neo-Nazism?

by Ayala Panievsky

The first head of state expected to condemn the events in Charlottesville – following the American President, of course – was the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Shockingly, it took Netanyahu – famed for a verbal swiftness like no other’s – no less than three days to denounce the neo-Nazi rally, dominated by cries of ‘Sieg Heil!’ and […]

August 23rd, 2017|Analysis, Israel|1 Comment|
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    Reverse Moralism and the Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Reverse Moralism and the Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

by Filippo Dionigi

This article was originally published by the Middle East Institute on 20 July 2017.

Anyone who works on issues related to refugees and forced displacement in the Middle East has at least once experienced what could be called ‘reverse moralism.’ A year ago, a journalist interviewed King Abdullah II of Jordan. During the conversation, she raised a question […]

July 21st, 2017|Analysis, Syria|0 Comments|

The Return of Maliki and a New Sunni Insurgency in Iraq?

by Pieter-Jan Dockx
As Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrives in Mosul to claim victory over ISIS, commentators have started speculating over what comes next for the country. Pieter-Jan Dockx argues that while the threat from ISIS has been neutralised, further repression and political exclusion of the Sunni community, the root cause behind the rise of the Islamic State, may lead to […]

July 12th, 2017|Analysis, Iraq|0 Comments|

Iran’s Threat to Block Hormuz: A Game Theory Analysis

by Omar Al-Ubaydli
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Game theory was developed in the wake of World War 2 to assist policymakers in analysing interdependent decision-making, which arises when what you want to do depends upon what others want to do, most notably in situations relating to conflict over resources – the alternative is decision theory, where your decision is independent of others’ […]

May 16th, 2016|Analysis, GCC, Iran|1 Comment|

Did Turkey’s parties care about the Gezi Protests?

by Jonas Bergan Draege
The 2013 Gezi Protests were by far the biggest wave of demonstrations in Turkey’s modern history. In this post I assess the extent and ways in which the country’s political parties responded to the protests. The analysis indicates that the three opposition parties all gave quite a lot of attention to the movement, and even supported […]

December 18th, 2015|Analysis, Turkey|2 Comments|

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