Repression of the Uighurs in China: Religious or political issue?

The Chinese authorities launched a strong campaign against terrorism, with several restrictions to discriminate Muslims. The reason that led China to suppress much of the Uyghurs' freedom is not an aversion to Islam. Instead, its phobia is towards the threat...

/ 11 January 2017

The reintroduction of the death penalty in Turkey: a red line issue for Brussels

The potential restoration of the capital punishment is definitely a red line issue for Brussels, that would officially cancel Turkey's EU accession plans and would overturn the migration deal negotiated between Ankara and Brussels.

/ 4 January 2017

Former president Morsi’s trial: The criminalisation of the Arab spring

The so-called “January 25th Revolution” has produced little more than a switching of the guards in the presidential palace: on July 3, 2013, following large nationwide protests against the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the military forces removed Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first-ever...

/ 13 December 2016

Will the Battle for Mosul Change the Power of the Kurds in Iraq?

The control of Mosul has been a determinant in the structuring of the Middle Eastern region and subsequently Iraq. The recapturing of Kurdish territories in a fairly quick time demonstrated that the Kurds are not only an increasingly significant political...

/ 8 December 2016

A different kingdom: Bahrain’s many narratives in the Arabian Gulf

The Kingdom of Bahrain is often portrayed as one of the most developed economies in the Arabian Gulf. However, there is an uncomfortable alternative narrative about this small group of islands. A narrative focused on state repression, censorship and political...

/ 7 December 2016

Success and failure of Erdoğan’s military policy in Iraq

The last few years Turkey is demonstrating a sort of forceful engagement in the Middle East, whose most recent display has been the Operation Euphrates Shield. Such over-activism however does not appear to beget any remarkably positive outcomes, hence raising...

/ 24 November 2016

A new era of Lebanese incoherent alliances

After two years of deadlock, Michel Aoun has been appointed president with a political move that many might have considered impossible until the moment it happened. The acquiescence of Hezbollah to form a new Lebanese government with Sa’ad Hariri as...

/ 21 November 2016

Yemen: Is there any realistic path ahead?

Since October, Yemen is divided among Houthi rebels, the recognized government of President 'Abd Rabbih Mansur Hadi, and the terrorists of Al Qaeda and ISIS. At the same time, the Saudi coalition continued bombing against Houthi's controlled areas. We need...

/ 11 November 2016

Jordanian Elections: Political Islam to Revive Kingdom’s Democratization?

Jordanian elections have been seen as a bid to revitalize the democratic impasse of the country, at the centre of the Middle Eastern powder keg. In the frame of new electoral reform, moderate Islamists have become the main oppositional bloc...

/ 31 October 2016