MENA & Central Asia

  • 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.

     

    INTRODUCTION

    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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  • Iran & the Arabian Sea: The port of Chabahar and its strategic implications

    February 27, 2017

    SUMMARY

    The south-eastern port of Chabahar in Iran will open this year. It promises to open up maritime trade with Central Asia as well as with Iran itself. However, companies should be aware of the security risks involved.

    INTRODUCTION

    On 23 May 2016, Afghanistan, India and Iran signed a trilateral ...

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  • The Syrian Civil War: A Jordanian perspective

    February 21, 2017

    SUMMARY

    As the Syrian civil war grinds into its seventh year, the consequences for Jordanian trade, security and infrastructure continues to increase.

    INTRODUCTION

    As of February 2017, a new round of peace talks is taking place between Syrian regime officials and leaders of various rebel groups in the Kazakhstani city ...

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  • Battle of the Nile: The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Egyptian dimension

    February 4, 2017

    SUMMARY

    As Ethiopia’s flagship energy project nears completion, Egypt has to adapt to the potential worsening of its national water security, and the subsequent implications for its already strained power generation and agriculture capacity.

    INTRODUCTION

    Approximately 500km north-west of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa lies the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project (Gerd). Upon completion, which is projected by the ...

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  • A Massacre in the Making: The Mosul Dam and the flooding of the Tigris

    February 3, 2017

    SUMMARY

    While the Iraqi government is distracted by war, a dam in the north poses a potentially catastrophic threat to life and property.

    INTRODUCTION

    The Mosul Dam, one of Iraq’s major infrastructure facilities, is at imminent risk of structural failure. The U.S. Department of State believes this threat severe enough that it has warned its nationals to avoid the ...

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