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The Kaleidoscope of Lebanese Politics

November 10, 2018

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Written by Steven Tibbitts   Lebanese politics are currently centered on forming a new government that can help Lebanon address its pressing economic issues (Perry 2018; Al-Jazeera 2018). However, the process is strongly hindered by spats on the role of Hezbollah and its affiliates in the new unity government (Macaron 2018; Anbar 2018; Dakroub 2018). […]

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The Delicate State of Affairs in Syria

November 3, 2018

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Written by Steven Tibbitts Syria is an incredibly strategic theater for the United States and the international community, but recent events threaten to create interstate conflict, disunity among US allies, and major humanitarian crises (Agence France-Presse 2018). The Syrian province of Idlib is currently experiencing an extremely uneasy truce between government forces and the myriad […]

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The Case of Khashoggi: The Middle East’s Pandora’s Box

October 28, 2018

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Written by Steven Tibbitts The already turbulent politics of the Arab Gulf are being wracked by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, allegedly after being tortured (Kempe 2018; Alsharif et al. 2018). Responsibility for the murder may reach all the way up to Saudi Crown Prince […]

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Qatar Quagmire

October 20, 2018

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Written by Steven Tibbitts Power grabs, political strife, proxy wars, and pride have all contributed to the most recent crisis to hit the historically unstable Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (Adams 2018; Stratfor 2017; Hassan 2018). This time it features the so-called “Quartet” of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt facing off […]

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The Shortcomings of the Gulf Cooperation Council

October 5, 2018

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Written by Steven Tibbitts The Gulf Cooperation Council is an organization designed to strengthen ties between six Gulf-Arab states (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar) and coordinate their approaches to regional issues (Al-Hassan 2018; Guzansky and Heistein 2018). However, its usefulness and viability have diminished in recent years (Cordesman 2018; […]

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