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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
By Osama Al Sharif - Oct 21,2014
Iran could emerge as a winner from the open-ended war on the Islamic State (IS), which has shifted attention from Tehran’s attempt to expand its sphere of influence and improve its position as a regional power broker. With most countries in the region focused on stemming t
By Osama Al Sharif - Oct 07,2014
It has been more than two weeks since Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered what became known as his strongest speech from the UN’s General Assembly podium. This time, the 75-year-old leader did not offer compromises or speak hopefully about the two-state solution.
By Osama Al Sharif - Sep 30,2014
It has been more than a week since five Arab countries joined the US-led coalition in bombing Islamic State targets in both Syria and Iraq. The event is unprecedented and bolsters Washington’s case that the onslaught is not directed towards the region’s Sunnis, but a



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