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Assad and ISIL Can Make the Political Solution in Syria Obsolete

Assad and ISIL Can Make the Political Solution in Syria Obsolete

The current picture in Syria looks as follows: An effort to alter the balance of power on the ground is coupled with a parallel effort to unclog the pipes of contacts in an attempt to reach a multi-party consensus on ...

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Iraq and the Question of the Nation State in the Middle East

Iraq and the Question of the Nation State in the Middle East

How to defeat ISIL. Really? The source of populace energy trapped in Baghdad and the South of Iraq is the system of governance in the country. Strangely, this is the same source, albeit in a totally different perspective, for the ...

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Syrian Alawis Getting Ready for the Day After Assad

Syrian Alawis Getting Ready for the Day After Assad

The story started on Aug 6, 8 pm, when bad luck put two cars on the entrance of Al Azhary Roundabout in the Assad loyal coastal city of Latakia. One car was driven by Colonel Hassan Al Shaikh, a military ...

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The Three Musketeers: Zarif, Erdogan and Assad

The Three Musketeers: Zarif, Erdogan and Assad

It is hard to imagine Jawad Zarif in the role of D’Artagnan. But Alexandre Dumas may have been thinking of a similar triangle when it comes to Iran, Turkey and Syria. At one point these three guys were doing fine ...

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