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  • Means to an End: The EU and Syria's Oil Embargo

    Emily Boulter, Non-Resident Research Associate, INEGMA on September 06, 2011

    After five months of a brutal onslaught, Europe's patience with the Syrian regime is wearing thin. The EU has imposed sanctions on individuals both responsible and associated with the crackdown,

  • The GCC and Kazakhstan: Security, Energy, and Economics

    Dr. Robert M. Cutler, Non-Resident Scholar, & Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director, R&D, INEGMA on August 21, 2011

    Outside of Central Asia, the GCC states are important to Kazakhstan as the country continues reaching out to escape being squeezed between its two large and popular neighbors,

  • Peace Guardians Off-Guard: Growing Exposure of the UN Force in Lebanon

    Jahangir Arasli, Non-Resident Scholar, INEGMA on August 18, 2011

    On July 25 the French patrol vehicle in the UN force’s convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the southern Lebanese town of Saida (Sidon). With five soldiers wounded and no one killed this minor event did not attract much attention,

  • Assessing Turkey's Stance on Syria and Options Ahead

    Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA on August 16, 2011

    The Turkish mediation and intervention in the ongoing crisis in Syria has many people inside and outside Syria puzzled as to whether Ankara is still trying to save the threatened regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad or is Turkey orchestrating international moves to change this regime.

  • Al-Qaeda: Rebranding, Regrouping, Retargeting?

    Jahangir Arasli, Non-Resident Scholar, INEGMA on July 25, 2011

    What is the current state and the potential future role of Al-Qaeda? (AQ) More specifically, how deep did the Arab turmoil and the death of Osama bin Laden (OBL)– affect AQ in the emerging environment? Clearly,

  • Russia's Plight During the Arab Spring: Libya and Syria

    Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director, R&D, INEGMA on July 12, 2011

    Now that the Arab Spring—the series of revolts sweeping through the MENA region—is reaching into mid-summer, it is important to look at how Russia is responding and reacting to the unfolding

  • The West's Problems with New Realities in Lebanon and Keeping Military Aid

    Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA on July 04, 2011

    The recent power shift in Lebanon that produced a new government and parliamentary majority in favor of the Iranian and Syrian backed political parties – known as the March 8 Forces -

  • War-On-Terror and the Divided Pakistan

    Murad Malik, Non-Resident Analyst, INEGMA on June 15, 2011

    Pakistan yet again finds itself in an astoundingly difficult and dangerous situation. It had not fully recovered from the surprised Osama Bin Laden (OBL) raid, when the daring attack on one of its prime naval air base in Karachi took place.

  • Worst OPEC Meeting Ever: Everyone Loses

    Robin Mills, Non-Resident Scholar, INEGMA on June 12, 2011

    OPEC’s gathering in Vienna last week ended in “one of the worst meetings we have ever had,” according to Saudi oil minister Ali Al Naimi. The lack of a resolution to raise oil production in the face of tightening markets was first received as bad news by consumers,

  • U.S.-GCC: Despite Political Differences, Strategic Ties are Strong, for Now

    Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA on May 17, 2011

    Recent statements and actions by the oil-rich Arab Gulf states grouped in an alliance known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have indicated that they were no-longer willing to bend backward to accommodate U.S. policies in the region,