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Posted: 05-05-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Syria is clearly in a state of internal crisis. Facebook-organized protests were quickly stamped out in early February, but by mid-March, a faceless opposition had emerged from the flashpoint city of Daraa in Syria’s largely conservative Sunni southwest. From Daraa, demonstrations spread to the Kurdish northeast, the coastal Latakia area, urban Sunni strongholds in Hama and Homs and to Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus. Feeling overwhelmed, the regime experimented with rhetoric on reforms while relying on much more familiar iron-fist methods in cracking down, arresting hund
Posted: October 10, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The continued Russian military offensive compounds the already dire geopolitical and humanitarian crisis in and around Syria.
Posted: October 10, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Military involvement poses a serious danger to civilian lives and disrupts already strained aid efforts.
Posted: October 7, 2015
JORDAN. "This is a very worrying trend, showing how hard the situation is for many families in Syria's neighbouring countries," says the Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Jordan.
Posted: October 7, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. President Putin's recent moves in the Middle East-to shore up Bashar al-Assad's regime, and the agreement with Iran, Iraq, and Syria on intelligence and security cooperation-could contribute to Russian efforts to combat the myriad negative pressures on its vital energy industry.
Posted: October 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The region is in the midst of some of the deadliest conflicts and worst humanitarian emergencies ever, with terrorist groups such as the ISIL and Al-Qaida affiliates "elevating the horror and complicating the search for solutions."
Posted: October 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Philip Hammond:"We reject the advice of those who say the poison of Assad is the cure of the cancer of ISIL".
Posted: October 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Countering IS should not just focus on neutralising violent jihadism but also addressing its root causes and translating that notion into policy.
Posted: October 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. New research uncovers surprising reasons some Jordanians join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.
Posted: September 29, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. “Humanitarian aid was originally supposed to be a temporary measure - a first aid box. But today, we find we are giving first aid for years, while the underlying causes of the crisis go untreated."
Posted: September 26, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The search for a solution to Syria's civil war and the unfolding tragedy of the Syrian refugees can be found only by defeating ISIS while simultaneously formulating a political solution to prevent the complete disintegration of the country.
Posted: September 24, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. In this video Stratfor Military Analyst Sim Tack explains a series of satellite images that show the construction of a Russian air base in Syria.
Posted: September 24, 2015
EGYPT. The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies delivered an oral intervention on the occasion of the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council that is currently being held in Geneva.
Posted: September 18, 2015
SYRIA. The targeting of innocent children and schools have caused more families than ever to flee the country.
Posted: September 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Yemen and Syria represent a battle with Iran for regional dominance. Military victory in south Yemen may prove difficult to translate into sustainable political achievement.
Posted: September 17, 2015
SYRIA. According to UNICEF, another 400,000 are at risk of dropping out as a result of conflict, violence and displacement.

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date:Posted: February 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "Saudi regional leadership amounts to exploitation of a window of opportunity rather than reliance on the assets and power needed to sustain it. That window of opportunity exists as long as the obvious regional powers - Iran, Turkey and Egypt - are in various degrees of disrepair."
date:Posted: February 5, 2016
UAE. According to "When Women Thrive" Global Report, 10-year forecast shows Europe and North America struggling to achieve workforce equality; Asia and Middle East ranked lowest; Only 9% of organizations offer women-focused health, financial wellness; Leaders urged to focus on executive engagement and pay equity.
date:Posted: February 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Russians potentially enter any discussions with a weaker hand. The Saudis and their Gulf Arab allies probably can withstand lower prices longer than the Russians. Russia lacks the financial resources the Saudis and their Gulf Arab allies have at their disposal.
UAE. According to "When Women Thrive" Global Report, 10-year forecast shows Europe and North America struggling to achieve workforce equality; Asia and Middle East ranked lowest; Only 9% of organizations offer women-focused health, financial wellness; Leaders urged to focus on executive engagement and pay equity.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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