MENA & Central Asia

  • Terrorism and Ramadan

    May 17, 2017

    Over the past few years, Islamist non-state armed groups (NSAG) have increased terrorist operations during Ramadan.

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  • Turkey: The New Sultan

    May 2, 2017

    The affirmative response to April’s constitutional referendum will have wide-ranging repercussions for Turkey, both domestically and externally.

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  • Riyadh’s Gambit: The efficacy of the Islamic Military Alliance

    April 25, 2017

    The appointment of a celebrated Pakistani general to a Saudi-led Islamic military alliance suggests the Saudis are serious about their claims to pan-Islamic leadership. The alliance’s utility at a military level, however, is questionable.




    On 15 December 2015, the Saudi Arabian defence minister announced the creation of the Islamic Military ...

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  • Transparent Gas? Azerbaijan and the EITI

    March 29, 2017

    A2 examines the economic and political consequences of Azerbaijan’s decision to leave a global transparency initiative for the extractive industry.

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  • Contested Seas: Maritime security in Libya

    March 13, 2017

    Several recent incidents have highlighted the security threat Libya poses to merchant shipping in the Mediterranean Sea.



    On 20 February, the Bahamas-flagged car carrier Morning Compass was seized by militants purporting to represent the Libyan navy. The ship, which was carrying around 5,000 cars to South Korea, was ...

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