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  • Syria Regime Ties with Beirut Shaken after Implicated in Plot to Reignite Lebanese Civil War

    Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA on August 13, 2012

    The shocking apprehension of Syria’s strong man in Lebanon former Lebanese Minister of Information Michel Semaha after being caught red-handed plotting to carry out a series of bomb attacks with the objective of instigating

  • What China Stands to Gain If Assad Falls

    Daniel Wagner, INEGMA Non-Resident Scholar on August 08, 2012

    President Assad’s inevitable fall from power, presumed to be later this year, will be important for many reasons - among them, a possible shift in the geo-strategic balance of the Middle East and how today’s ‘great powers’ wield

  • Syrian Revolution Rekindles Cold War Fever, Gains Own Free Momentum

    Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA on July 31, 2012

    Fast moving events in Syria have exceeded the expectations of many global and regional powers, and differences amongst super powers on how to resolve the Syrian conflict appear to have reignited a Cold War era style showdown in the Mediterranean.

  • The Future of Circassians in Syria: Implications for Russia

    Matthew Hedges, Analyst, INEGMA & Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director, Research & Consultancy, INEGMA on July 02, 2012

    Circassians are historically a people from three republics (Kabardino Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia and Adygheya) in modern day Russia and they are made up of twelve tribes; Abadzah, Besleney, Bzhedug, Yegeruqay, Zhaney, Karbady, Mamheg, Natuhay, Temirgoy, Ubyh, Shapsug, Hatuqwai.

  • The Drone Doctrine in Yemen

    Anirudh Sivaram, INEGMA Summer Intern 2012 & Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director, Research & Consultancy, INEGMA on June 25, 2012

    The American policy of employing Unarmed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones, is eliciting mixed responses from various international actors. Human rights groups such as Amnesty International are amongst the most vocal critics of the policy,

  • Syrian Conflict Could Awaken Radicalized Muslim Sunni Giant in Levant

    Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA on June 18, 2012

    The Muslim Sunni community of the Levant, traditionally known for its liberal and moderate character, is becoming radicalized by the bloody events in Syria where a pre-dominantly Alawite regime has been using its armed forces to crush a 15-month-long...

  • Turkey as a Stabilizing Force in the Middle East

    Daniel Wagner and Abdul Yousef* on May 24, 2012

    Turkey's relationship with the nations of the Middle East has historically vacillated between periods of ambivalence and periods of engagement. Turkey's desire to join the EU had previously prompted it to distance itself from the Arab world, however,

  • Syria and Al-Qaeda: Game Changer Needed to End Regime's Blackmail

    Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA on May 17, 2012

    If there is one important common denominator between all Arab dictators that have had to face revolutions in their respective countries over the past 18 months it is their use of Al-Qaeda as a tool to blackmail the international community...

  • For Advocates of Military Option Against Iran: What is the Exit Strategy?

    Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA and Sabahat Khan, Senior Analyst, INEGMA on May 07, 2012

    During his latest visit to the United States, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in getting a firm public commitment from Washington to pursue the military option against Iran if the latter refused to quit its nuclear program.

  • Algeria's Uncertain Future

    Emily Boulter, INEGMA Non-Resident Associate on May 01, 2012

    Although its own Arab Spring received less attention than the rest of North Africa, 2011 was a decisive year for Algeria. In February, while its neighbors were grappling with a surge of discontent,