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Our area of interest covers the Middle East, including the adjacent maritime areas of the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf.

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تقاريرنا باللغة العربية

12 July 2018

قائمة بجميع تقاريرنا باللغة العربية


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The unrealized potential of cooperative security in the Arab Gulf

[ © NATO Defense College Policy Brief ]

 Over the past three decades, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has undergone a geopolitical transformation, punctuated by a series of critical junctures: the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990-1991, the American and NATO operations in Afghanistan the following decade, the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the Arab uprisings of 2011. These regional geopolitical shifts – often dictated by domestic drivers – have been accompanied by global geostrategic changes. As a result, the Gulf sub-region, encompassing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran, has emerged as the new center of gravity in the MENA region.  

Iraq must compromise between majoritarianism and consensus government formation

[ © Al Jazeera ]

 Iraq's current institutions offer no enforceable compromise between consensus rule and majority rule. The popularity of Sadr's current farming shows that many Iraqis oppose the consensus system. With no path to compromise, violence between these two groups is difficult to avoid.