Tunisia’s parliamentary elections confirm the erosion of trust over the past three years in the Islamist party Ennahda. Two issues played a key role in the party’s slide: the lack of overall economic growth and the party’s hesitancy in tackling growing security problems and Islamic militancy.more
Supporting the Syrian rebels is a key component of President Barack Obama’s strategy against the so-called Islamic State, but it entails many tradeoffs. Backing the rebels makes little sense from a purely military standpoint, but it does make sense from a broader policy perspective.more
A court in Bahrain this week suspended the activities of the country’s main Shiite opposition group ahead of elections. The suspension is another move by America’s Gulf allies to drop any pretense of domestic reform as a quid pro quo for joining the U.S. coalition against the Islamic State.more
Iran has long had one of the world’s biggest drug addiction problems, but the government’s attitude toward the drug war remains rife with contradiction. To understand its current approach, one must look at decades of shifting policies, as the battle against drug addiction has seen many phases.more
Dropping oil prices and alternative sources have resulted in dramatic changes for the global energy sector. As new players and relationships emerge, traditional powers, particularly Russia, still wield energy as a geostrategic weapon. This report covers the politics of energy over the past year.more
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