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Lebanon’s Presidential Elections

On the eve of the presidential election in Lebanon, this is a insightful Q&A with the Middle East Institute’s Paul Salem. Hope you find it worth reading. Lebanon is facing presidential elections in the coming days. What are the main elements … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 16 ( April 14-20)

Main Headlines Monday Al-Sisi becomes first candidate to submit his official documents for presidential elections Student killed, two reporters injured by gunfire at Cairo University clashes Egypt’s interim president calls for “public dialogue”on terrorism draft laws Egyptian court has labeled … Continue reading

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The Erdogan/Gul Prisoner Dilemma

Originally posted on Turkey Wonk: Nuclear and Political Musings in Turkey and Beyond:
During the Cold War, strategists often turned to game theory to explain deterrence and the concept of mutually assured destruction (MAD). The United States and the Soviet…

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Neither Erdoğan’s victory, nor the Muslim Brotherhood’s protests are an Ottoman slap

Published in Hurriyet Daily News Following a trail of setbacks, Islamists in the Arab world have something to celebrate. Their hero, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has won in Turkey’s local elections, a victory Islamists in the Arab world are selling to their … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 15 ( April 7-13)

Main Headlines  Monday Egypt court upholds jailing of leading pro-democracy activists Egypt court sentences four gay men to prison Egypt arrests Islamistclose to Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri Egypt political parties and activists request open lists in parliamentary polls Egypt to announce renaissance … Continue reading

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The Brotherhood, and Britain. The “terrorists or us” theory

The British decision to launch an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood and its alleged links with radical militancy has sparked widespread controversy. Many people are justifiably surprised by the sudden decision and the possibility that it is politically motivated by … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 14 (March 31- April 6)

Main Headlines Monday Al-Jazeera reporters plead for release Egypt’s ex-army chief Sisi snapped cycling in Cairo Egypt announces arrest of Ansar al-Sharia members linked to shooting attacks Al-Azhar university expel 25 students for their alleged rules in riots Defense minister … Continue reading

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Egypt: The state, the army, and the future

Following months of speculation, leaks, and predictions, Egypt’s army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has announced his resignation, paving the way for a long-awaited presidential campaign. Sisi’s resignation, speech, and candidacy are unique in the history of Egypt. Although the country … Continue reading

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Is Something Rotten In Ankara’s Mayoral Election? A Very Preliminary Statistical Analysis

Originally posted on Erik Meyersson:
Having today seen tweets on numerous alleged voting irregularities in Turkey and thanks to Twitter user @erenyanik I came across this CHP/STS dataset of voting data in the Greater Municipality of Ankara, one of the tightly contested (less…

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On Egypt’s Mass Death Sentences

I know it is a bit late, but here are my thoughts on Egypt’s latest Judicial fiasco…… Egypt _____, a court in Minya south of Egypt, sentenced five hundred and twenty-nine Muslim Brotherhood defendants to death for the murder of … Continue reading

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