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By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 30,2014
The Middle East was in the eye of geopolitical storms in 2014, and is certain to continue to be the focal point of international and regional attention in 2015. From the crises in Syria and Iraq to the international war on Islamist militants, to the audacious Houthi takeover of
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 23,2014
Jordan has been successful, so far, in confronting militant jihadist threat both domestically and along its wide borders with Iraq and Syria. This is due, in big part, to its political stability and to the vigilance of its security bodies and strong armed forces. Jordan has bee
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 16,2014
There is a flurry of diplomatic activities centring on the Palestine-Israel conflict in Europe this week, amid signs that the United States is trying to revive stalled peace talks as a way to dissuade Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from pressing ahead with a decision to pres
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 09,2014
The endgame in Syria may be changing, more than three years after the eruption of a popular uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad.
By Osama Al Sharif - Dec 02,2014
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence on presenting the contentious nationality bill to the Knesset in the coming few days will herald a series of events that will prove detrimental to Israel’s demographic and political foundations, as well as to any
By Osama Al Sharif - Nov 25,2014
While international and regional efforts are focused on fighting Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq, one country is quickly emerging as an immediate danger to its neighbours, to most of North Africa and perhaps to Europe. Libya is already a failed state; a divided country with
By Osama Al Sharif - Nov 18,2014
For the past few weeks, the Obama administration has been sending mixed messages on Syria, Iraq and how best to stave off the threat of the Islamic State in both countries. Naturally, these messages resonated across the international coalition, led by the US, which has been scra
By Osama Al Sharif - Nov 11,2014
President Barack Obama is not hopeful that a final deal with Iran over its nuclear programme will be reached before the November 24 deadline. He says that “big gaps” remain in the ongoing negotiations, a year after the Islamic republic and the international community
By Osama Al Sharif - Nov 04,2014
Jordan-Israel relations are under pressure as the two countries mark the 20th anniversary of their peace treaty. While Israeli officials praised ties with their eastern neighbour — Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon talked about the “strategic alliance” with
By Osama Al Sharif - Oct 28,2014
Egypt’s war on terror took a turn for the worse last Friday when a military checkpoint in northern Sinai came under multiple attacks that left more than 30 soldiers dead and scores wounded. It was a complex assault that involved a car bomb, rocket-propelled grenades and ro



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