MENA & Central Asia

  • Riyadh’s Gambit: The efficacy of the Islamic Military Alliance

    April 25, 2017

    The appointment of a celebrated Pakistani general to a Saudi-led Islamic military alliance suggests the Saudis are serious about their claims to pan-Islamic leadership. The alliance’s utility at a military level, however, is questionable.

     

     

    INTRODUCTION

    On 15 December 2015, the Saudi Arabian defence minister announced the creation of the Islamic Military ...

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  • Transparent Gas? Azerbaijan and the EITI

    March 29, 2017

    A2 examines the economic and political consequences of Azerbaijan’s decision to leave a global transparency initiative for the extractive industry.

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  • Contested Seas: Maritime security in Libya

    March 13, 2017

    Several recent incidents have highlighted the security threat Libya poses to merchant shipping in the Mediterranean Sea.

     

    INTRODUCTION

    On 20 February, the Bahamas-flagged car carrier Morning Compass was seized by militants purporting to represent the Libyan navy. The ship, which was carrying around 5,000 cars to South Korea, was ...

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  • Iran & the Arabian Sea: The port of Chabahar and its strategic implications

    February 27, 2017

    SUMMARY

    The south-eastern port of Chabahar in Iran will open this year. It promises to open up maritime trade with Central Asia as well as with Iran itself. However, companies should be aware of the security risks involved.

    INTRODUCTION

    On 23 May 2016, Afghanistan, India and Iran signed a trilateral ...

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  • The Syrian Civil War: A Jordanian perspective

    February 21, 2017

    SUMMARY

    As the Syrian civil war grinds into its seventh year, the consequences for Jordanian trade, security and infrastructure continues to increase.

    INTRODUCTION

    As of February 2017, a new round of peace talks is taking place between Syrian regime officials and leaders of various rebel groups in the Kazakhstani city ...

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