Making sense of the Trump's withdrawal from the JCPOA. (Credit: Marco Verch/Flickr)

The JCPOA and Iran’s economic future

On 9 May 2018, Donald Trump announced that US would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) because the agreement was of...

Splitting the Iran nuclear deal

On Tuesday, 8 May, US President Donald Trump announced that USA would leave the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the official agreement...
Desperation in Syria is growing. (Credit: zurijeta/Bigstock)

The heyday of power politics in Syria

Within a few years the Syrian Arab Republic has become a textbook example of power politics, but in a more modern and sophisticated form....

Mark Farha comments on the political situation in the Middle East

Mark Farha, an Associate Fellow of the University of Bielefeld and former Senior Associate Member at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, comments on the political situation...
Aleppo, Syria. (Credit: Dima Moroz/Bigstock)

Turkey in the Middle East: Outlines of political expansion

On the 28th of March 2018, the Moscow office of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, along with the Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, organised...
Nostalgia for American dominance. Tel Aviv, March 2018. (Credit: Joel Schalit/Flickr)

A wake-up call for Europe

European politics and Europe’s position in the world are confronted by severe challenges. In security terms, the fair-weather option of the last 25 years,...
Under siege: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Credit: United Nations Photo/Flickr)

Demonstrations in Iran

Over the new year period, the world’s attention was drawn to events in Iran, where a series of protests provoked analysis and outrage in...

Turkey tensions with Iran, Russia mount ahead of Syria meet

Turkey on Wednesday warned Iran and Russia to make their Syrian regime ally stop bombing the rebel-held northern Idlib province, as tensions mounted ahead...
Habiba, a shepherd in rural Lebanon. (Credit: UN Women/Joe Saade/Flickr)

Will the next economic miracle happen in the Middle East?

In recent years, after the Arab Spring events of 2010 and beyond, civil wars and disarray in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen have...
Thanks to the Martyrs; placard near army lines in Cairo, December 2011. (Credit: Alisdare Hickson/Flickr)

The Arab Spring and the securitisation of space

A decade on from 9/11, the Arab Spring provoked another round of repressive state security measures. In their response to the popular uprisings of 2011,...