ME Assessments

ISIS widows and orphans − an existence without a future

In the past few months the Islamic State lost its last territories in Iraq and Syria. Several small enclaves of remaining Jihadi fighters are still there, as well as the Salafi-Jihadi ideology that gave legitimacy to the organization’s existence. And there are also ISIS fighters’ wives and children who have nowhere to go. Most of

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2019 Indian General Election and the Muslim Minority

The largest democracy in the world is engaged in a highly significant election campaign. About 900 million eligible voters are voting at about one million polling stations for five weeks. An extremely complex process is currently taking place in the areas of the rising southeastern superpower. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to be elected to another term, and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata

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Post-Conflict State Structure and Federalism: The Case of Iraq

Iraq still represents one of the most crucial examples of implementing a federalist state structure with the aim of combatting the division of the society in a post-conflictual context. When studying Iraq, the deep divisions based on ethnicity and confessionalism soon become evident. Arabs are Iraq’s largest ethnic group, comprising about 75 percent of Iraq’s

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Youth, Adolescence and Fundamentalism in the Middle East: Ideology vs. Maturity

After a deep and intensive ethnographic research, conducted on the hilltops of the south-east Hebron Mountains, I offer here several thoughts regarding the day after the ‘Hilltop Youth’ phenomenon. First and perhaps most importantly, I have concluded that the phenomenon will pass without leaving any lasting impression. My position regarding this worrying and serious phenomenon

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A Road Map of the Israeli Political System

Political parties Among Israel’s political parties we find representatives of a plethora of perspectives, spanning hawks and doves, religious and secular, communalists and individualists, socialists and capitalists, all reflecting the many compromises and clashes in the arena of party politics. The institutional order manages these conflicts, allowing the opposing sides to debate – harshly at

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The Saudi Arabia authoritarian resilience

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is not stable, and war and violence have played a huge part in determining inter-state relations. Ideological convictions, whether Islamism and its Jihadi variants, secular nationalism or populism, have also played their part in shaping relations between leaders, states and communities. The region is susceptible to sub-state

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The Failings of Israeli Democracy: A Spotlight on the Coming Elections

Israel’s current election campaign is an opportunity to draw attention to the many failings of the country’s democratic system of governance, one which is allegedly an example and model for the Arab countries in the region. First of all, the system of multiple parties that lets anyone interested establish a party and attempt to join

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Eight Years after the 25 January 2011 Revolution – Back to Square One

Today the Egyptians are marking the eight-year anniversary of the 25 January 2011 Revolution. It seems that the narrative of the revolution, which constituted one of the most exciting political events in the history of modern Egypt, is being deliberately purged from the collective memory by state institutions. The demands of this revolution for bread,

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Israel and Turkey: A Closer Look

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently hosted the leaders of Greece and Cyprus. According to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, the leaders discussed important ‘regional strategic issues’ including a plan ‘to lay a gas pipeline from Israel to Europe’ and additional cooperation projects between the three countries. This was the fifth summit between the leaders in

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