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By Osama Al Sharif - Mar 18,2014
As the Syrian conflict entered its fourth year this week, government forces, assisted by battle-hardened fighters from Hizbollah, were able to retake the rebel city of Yabrud, in the Qalamoun mountain range.  It was a major victory for the regime of President Bashar Assad a
By Osama Al Sharif - Mar 11,2014
The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, who is recovering from surgery and had to cut short his stay in the United States, will be hosting one of the toughest Arab League summits in recent history. The summit, which will be held in Kuwait on March 25, will b
By Osama Al Sharif - Mar 04,2014
The crisis between the West and Russia over recent events in Ukraine has become the central issue in international politics, replacing Syria and overshadowing others, such as Iran’s nuclear talks and the Mideast peace process. The swift military intervention by Russia in C
By Osama Al Sharif - Feb 25,2014
Suddenly, the tables are turned and Russia’s strongman Vladimir Putin finds himself facing the same dilemma in Ukraine that the West has been confronting in Syria for three years. The parallels are hard to miss, but so are the differences.
By Osama Al Sharif - Feb 18,2014
If all goes as planned, Egypt’s strongman, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, should announce his candidacy for the presidency in the coming few days. The results, if he does, are predictable.
By Osama Al Sharif - Feb 12,2014
In a war that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of civilians, injured many more and devastated most of the country, this week’s three-day humanitarian truce allowing for the evacuation of stranded families in the old city of Homs presented a rare sign of hope, la
By Osama Al Sharif - Feb 04,2014
The first round of the much anticipated Geneva II negotiations on Syria was a complete failure despite attempts by UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to make it appear less so. He told reporters that he had “observed a little bit of common ground; perhaps more than t
By Osama Al Sharif - Jan 28,2014
Public hostility is building up in Jordan towards US Secretary of State John Kerry’s much-publicised proposals to reach a framework agreement on final status issues between the Palestinians and Israelis. Last week, small demonstrations broke out, after Friday prayers,
By Osama Al Sharif - Jan 21,2014
Despite sporadic protests by Muslim Brotherhood supporters, Egypt managed to pass an important milestone last week when it successfully held a two-day constitutional referendum. The poll was one of the main objectives of the military-drawn roadmap that was issued following l
By Osama Al Sharif - Jan 14,2014
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas knows that the time has come for him to make the toughest decision of his long political career. He has been involved in peace negotiations with Israel for more than 20 years, with little to show for. Times have changed since he first eng



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