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  • Implications of Iran and Sudan’s Growing Alliance

    Daniel Wagner & Giorgio Cafiero on August 12, 2013

    Recent geopolitical developments across the Middle East and Africa have added momentum to Iran and Sudan’s strategic partnership,

  • The Kingdom and the Kremlin: The Strategic Significance of the Bandar-Putin Meeting

    Dr. Theodore Karasik on August 05, 2013

    Why did Saudi Arabia’s National Security Advisor and Chief of...

  • The Future of Arms Control in the Middle East

    Bilal Y. Saab on July 30, 2013

    Political space is opening up in the Arab world. While it is particularly difficult to speak with any degree of...

  • The Syrian Spillover and Salafist Radicalization in Lebanon on July 23, 2013

    This article was originally published in The Sentinel, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point on July 23, 2013 Bilal Y. Saab, Executive Director and Head of Research, INEGMA North America

  • Why Russia’s Guns Won’t Save Assad on July 19, 2013

    This article was originally published in on July 19, 2013

  • Critical Times for Algeria

    Emily Boulter, Non-Resident Associate, INEGMA on July 17, 2013

    Over a two-month period Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika vanished from the country’s political scene...

  • Iran and Egypt: An Unrequited Union

    Inegma Staff. on July 09, 2013

    In February 2011, just two days after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt permitted two Iranian naval vessels to pass through the Suez Canal. It was the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that an Iranian naval ship had passed through the Canal, and was greeted by Israel, and other states in the region as a provocative manoeuvre. Two months later, Iran appointed Ali Akbar Sibouyeh, as its first ambassador to Egypt in thirty years. Both gestures symbolized a new course for Egyptian relations in the Middle East and prompted speculation over the nature of renewed ties between Cairo and Tehran.

  • Rohani’s Victory: Realistic Expectations From a Witty “Moderate” Leader

    Inegma Staff. on July 09, 2013

    Only actions can differentiate between a “moderate” and a “conservative” or a “hardline” politician. This is how an Arabian Gulf official reacted to all the discussions by world leaders and analysts commenting on the sweeping victory of Hassan Rohani in the recent Iranian presidential elections. Most international media outlets have branded Rohani as “moderate” and even Rohani described his victory as a triumph for “moderation over extremism.” But what does it really mean to be a moderate politician in Iran, and does it match the Arab or Western definitions of a “moderate”?

  • Asia Pivot, Step One: Ease Gulf Worries

    Bilal Y. Saab on June 20, 2013

    This article was originally published in on June 20, 2013

  • Supporting the Syrian rebels in Geneva

    Bilal Y. Saab on June 02, 2013

    This article was originally published in on May 30, 2013