Politics

The war in Libya drags on
Tripoli under siege and the real cost of the Libyan war

As Haftar’s latest assault on the Libya capital enters a new phase, many Libyans have been killed, displaced and left mentally traumatised by a conflict which grinds on with no end in sight.

Interview zu Wirtschaft und Militär in Ägypten
Interview on Military and Economy in Egypt

Yezid Sayigh has spent many years closely examining the interdependence of the military and the economy in Egypt. He explains why investors are skating on thin ice putting their money into country and why the military is hiding in the TV market.

Ghassan Salamé disembarks from the UN plane in Al-Qubbah.
Political Developments in Libya since 2011

Libya entered a new era in 2011 – full of hopes but burdened by setbacks. A look back at the most important developments over the past eight years from the fall of Gaddafi to the Battle of Tripoli.

Democracy in Lebanon and Iraq
Democracy in Lebanon and Iraq

Have the Middle East’s only two experiments in consociationalism failed? Demonstrators in both Lebanon and Iraq are demanding a change of their respective political systems. Yet, there are differences between the situations in the two countries.

Corruption in Azerbaijan
Corruption in Azerbaijan

Belonging to the right family in Azerbaijan means a free ride to immense wealth. Authorities have publicly committed to fight rampant corruption. But civil society activists and opposition politicians push for a more thorough look into public funds.

Russia’s comeback in the Middle East
Russia’s comeback in the Middle East

Putin’s visit to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi in mid-October demonstrated the full magnitude of Russia’s prestige in the region and cemented Moscow’s position as a leading power in the Middle East. But what is the Kremlin’s realistic clout in the Gulf?

Reform of the political system in Lebanon
Reform of the political system in Lebanon

New elections in Lebanon would probably favor those already in power. Yet, the constitution offers an alternative to political sectarianism that would start with a referendum.

Turkey, Syria, the Kurds and Russia
Turkey, Syria, the Kurds and Russia

Turkey’s interests and the goal of autonomy in northeastern Syria can be reconciled. And Russia has the chance to assume the responsibility it has aspired to for so long, argues Naseef Naeem.