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Will Iran benefit from the assassination of Fakhrizadeh?

The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the long-time head of Iran’s nuclear and missile development programs, has set off a major debate on how country should respond. Top Islamic Republic officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, have called for definitive punishment of those responsible. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force Commander, General Qaani, vowed to […]

Universities as vehicles of regional de-escalation: Unpacking the Potential of Cultural Diplomacy

The role played by Universities in forging networks of non-state intercultural partnerships can be a significant long term de-escalation mechanism in the Persian Gulf region. First, it facilitates the establishment of social contact points and fosters relations between communities experiencing a hostile intergovernmental environment. Second, University networks offer a viable platform for dialog – an […]

Ennahdha after Ghannouchi

Will the 11th congress of the Tunisian Islamist party Ennahdha mark a post-Ghannouchi turn? With his elections in 2012 and 2016 as head of Ennahdha, Rached Ghannouchi (born in 1941) indeed reached the limit of two successive presidential mandates enshrined in the party’s internal rules (article 31). What is at stake behind Ghannouchi’s likely departure […]

Another Peace treaty that will not bring peace to the Middle East

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain signed the Abraham accords peace agreement to normalise relations with Israel last week in Washington. With this agreement, the two countries joined Egypt and Jordan, which signed peace treaties with Israel in 1979 and 1994 respectively. Mauritania also established diplomatic ties with Israel in 1999 but froze relations […]