MENA & Central Asia

  • 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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  • TURKEY: The purge widens

    February 3, 2017

    On 15 July 2016 elements of the Turkish armed force and police service launched a coup d’état against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Despite initial appearances of a successful seizure of the government apparatus, the coup-plotters were eventually overwhelmed by loyalist forces.

    The government’s response was wide-reaching and severe. Blaming the coup on Fethullah Gülen, an influential Islamic cleric ...

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  • Détente Under Threat: The new administration and the Iran nuclear deal

    February 3, 2017

    SUMMARY

    The new U.S. president could renege on the Iranian nuclear deal. This article assesses the likelihood of a unilateral U.S. withdrawal from the deal and the challenges this would pose to overseas business interests.

    INTRODUCTION

    On 20 January 2017 former businessman Donald Trump formally became president of the United States after a bitterly fought electoral season. Trump ran a nationalistic campaign largely ...

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