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Can Europe and the U.S. disengage from the Middle East?
Royal Marines in Afhanistan by Defence Images with CC licence from Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) George Joffé 2 June 2016
Western policy towards the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East is inextricably intertwined with... more  
Cuba: change and continuity
Cuba_by jordi_martorell with CC licence from Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Augusto Varas 23 December 2015
The recent loosening of U.S.-imposed economic, travel and financial restrictions on Cuba are creating incre... more  
The current situation in Yemen: causes and consequences
yemen by sylho_with CC licence from Flickr CC BY-SA https://www.flickr.com/photos/sylhoo/4024433745/in/photolist-78CgWH Noel Brehony 4 November 2015
The war in Yemen reflects the failure of the 2011 transition deal to end the influence of the powerful patr... more  
War in Yemen: the view from Iran
Mazrak Camp_North West Yemen by IRIN Photos with CC licence from Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Kjetil Selvik 15 October 2015
In the regional backdrop to the war in Yemen Iran is a pivotal actor. Saudi Arabia has made clear that it s... more  
Saudi palace intrigues, Yemeni sufferings
Air_strike_in_Sana'a_11_May_by Ibrahem Qasim_2015_01_with CC Licence from Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0 Stig Stenslie 12 October 2015
By the end of September 2015 Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen had lasted for six months. King Salman and his son... more  
Syrian medical NGOs in the crisis: realities, perspectives and challenges
IMG_3050 by Trocaire with CC licence from Flickr CC BY 2.0 Zedoun Alzoubi 1 October 2015
Syrian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were literally born during the current crisis, in response to... more  
King Salman consolidates the Al-Sudayri “palace coup”
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud by Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff with CC licence from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/thejointstaff/14145544277/in/photolist-nxZBur-nLQRZr-nJNmcY-nLNdwU-numfM7-nLxKZv-numfhj-nBiRha-nD5YEi-nAFyQR-njtSus-k56NoP-iefVVh-nyVJ4Q-nAFyiZ-njtKLB-nAvbMd-nArSy4-nAJPH4-mUCE3z-mUCwtr-mUErhQ-mUEjq3-mUEfwG-mUE8s1-mUBYQr-mUC75z-mUBUS4-mUBH3c-mUBySV-mUBnMD-mUBbAR-mUAPyx-mfNVEx-mfEgB5-icYfHN-icYtUX-icYss8-h6twzm-h6mMQH-gVAhxs-gSEUEN-gR2FvS-gupzSD-guo7qh-guoxz6-fX3Fe9-dWRHCH-dUKNCS-dUjqbQ Stig Stenslie 27 May 2015
King Salman’s reshuffling of top posts might increase the long-term risk of political instability in Saudi... more  
“Decisive Storm”: Saudi Arabia’s attack on the Houthis in Yemen
Sudanese Air Force MiG-29 fighters by RA_AZ with CC licence from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/uflinks/16362314974/in/photolist-qXWwtD-rL9NYi-rL1F6Q-rYQw2T-r6AZiy-s1je5u-r6NH7R-rJhfFM-qXj7Q8-rTt27q-rSKUEf-rS9F47-r6AWes-rYTihD-s3tsTs-rL2Vkw-rL1MG5-rzHgQ7-rAMA7T-r6KK6h-rJuDc4-pTC7uA-rHGp13-qVT9bS-rL9ZKY-jXtiMZ-hE5oza-k2Zz4-dmr2ep-68UoUc-4iMecL-bAx5SX-a3vrVg Stig Stenslie 11 May 2015
On March 26th 2015, Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on the Houthis and their allies in Yemen. The operatio... more  
A solution for Syria
 Syrian Girls by Jordi Bernabeu Farrus with CC licence from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/jordibernabeu/16641056319/in/photolist-rzvExP-sjrUAm-s43eH1-sawDJs-rTdT28-s9Jfuy-rASkEh-rxgREU-rHzRru-rmvLh8-qBtpjH-rgcqDr-rvDGcX-reCho6-qS2eKa-rF1GTW-rHidr8-rjLffA-r3cK48-qWrPsg-qct2rj-r9tDtF-qRUSMG-r9tyov-qH9fyp-qMyGr2-q7YWuW-qX4vXd-qWVY1G-qZ5b7H-qSzD1m-pY6dWp-qUHFvZ-qUN5fu-qUN4ss-qUN3fC-qSzwNw-qUN1XC-pXSp1E-qUSucc-qUStm4-pXSmps-qUMWy7-qUHvCH-qCrLL2-qUSoAT-qUMSNG-qCj7b3-pXSebu-qCq4uD Bassma Kodmani 8 May 2015
Syria is central to the security and future of the Middle East, but conditions for a resolution of the Syri... more  
Establishing inclusive societies in fragile states
Pavement life in Sana'a by Charles Roffey with CC licence from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/charlesfred/41461392/in/photolist-4Ev2A-6zH5GY-5VBLPQ-6zCWH6-4pVnbS-7z6yhR-9N5MGy-5ULAMf-6zD3mt-8unzD-6zGXoQ-6zD7SV-8m7AYu-61jcRd-d7EuM-x4Fe7-x4Fjr-7z6yqi-7zajWy-cTtZc-GFdVQ-4EunH-e7ft3-aLgEcv-d3CUt-5W11US-HdBPn-86ondX-xfD8r-GFdTQ-3br16Y-xfDeM-HdBg8-e7eNV-HdyfN-GyTzA-xfDBZ-x4F98-HUFcW-xfDe2-Hdmsw-4Evo4-HdBsT-aLgTwt-xfDgE-Hdxj3-x4E4u-3br281-e7ffA-6zH6pw Seth Kaplan 28 April 2015
Establishing an inclusive society requires action on many fronts at once. Overcoming the divisions that enc... more  

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