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Soft Power in the Middle East: The Invisible Skirmish
Monday, August 8, 2016

Fadi Elhusseini
The Middle East remains of major geostrategic importance. Global powers found in the recent developments an opportunity to chart their way into the region; sending troops and reinforcements, rebuilding alliances and restoring old relations. Amidst this chaotic environment, a number of regional forces opted to adopt a different approach: soft power. It is obvious that such forces have found in soft power an efficient tool that can achieve what tanks and jets failed to do. In this article, two soft power models in the Middle East are assessed and analysed: Iran and Oman.

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Oman: A Peaceful Oasis in a Flaming Region
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fadi Elhusseini
In the midst of such critical developments, Oman still appears as a peaceful oasis aloof from developments. When the other Gulf States opposed the US-Iran nuclear deal, Oman not only supported it but also hosted the secret talks between the two governments. Its neutral position gives the country a unique advantage as a mediator.

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Putin’s Completely Fulfilled Task in Syria
Friday, March 25, 2016

Fadi Elhusseini
Since Russia has been declared officially in the Middle East, and following the extended presence of its military in all forms in Syria, speculations splashed media platforms across the globe. Observers saw in Russia’s decision to enter Syria a long-term strategy, albeit the abrupt announcement of Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw most of the Russian forces from Syria put friends and foes alike in bewilderment.

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The Middle East: Was the Turkish Model Replaced by an Iranian Role?
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fadi Elhusseini
Inter alia, of the various elements that weakened the Turkish model was Iran’s mounting leverage in the Middle East and the Arab Spring, which delivered a blow to Turkey’s achievements as Iran was moving slowly but steadily towards a status it carefully charted. Then came the nuclear deal, which boosts Iran's potential in the region and has intriguingly raised a third perspective: have Arabs surrendered their aspirations to play a role in their region? 

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Russia's Official Presence in Middle East: A New Order
Monday, January 4, 2016

Fadi Elhusseini
Since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, Russia has limited itself to its traditional role of providing arms as well as military and logistical experts to its Arab allies. As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime weakened, the Russians intensified their military support dramatically. Recently, the Russian ‘Caesar’ opted to expand his role in Syria to include direct intervention against enemies of the regime. The move towards direct intervention constitutes a revolution in Russia’s role in the Middle East and portends a deeper shift in the region.

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ISIS: Ambitions and Constrains
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fadi Elhusseini
This article digs deep inside the life of ISIS, assesses important details such as its structure and formations and highlights facts that may be important to the reader and the decision-maker alike. These features would reveal the complexity of the composition of ISIS which managed to build in record time.

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The Middle East: Rising and Falling Start
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fadi Elhusseini
In 2011, Turkey was seen as an unstoppable regional power and a rising star led by its Development and Justice Party (AKP). But the arrival of the Arab Spring heralded a deep change in the region. Turkey’s prominence began to fade and Iran’s potential appeared to be rising with the progress it is making in nuclear negotiations. Further developments in the region have continued to surprise observers, especially the emergence of the ascendant force that is the Islamic State (IS).

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Time To Decide!!!
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fadi Elhusseini
On August 27th, headlines splashed global newspapers that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and nine other top officials resigned from the ruling Executive Committee (ExCo) of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Talks about an emergency or a regular session of the Palestine National Council (PNC) followed. Although PNC Chairman Salim al-Zanoun announced Sept. 14-15 PNC meeting in the West town of Ramallah, few days ago al-Zanoun announced postponing the meeting for three months. These developments raised many questions; the most important is what the actual reason behind convening this meeting in the first place.

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Hamas Diplomatic Activism: Modified Strategies and New Alliances
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fadi Elhusseini
In nutshell, it is obvious that regional players have started to reorganise their cards and ratify their alliances and strategies in order to cope with the rapid changes, most significantly the Iranian nuclear deal, the probable fall of Assad and the rising role of non-state actors, especially religious and Islamist movements.

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The Charlie Effect: What’s Next?
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fadi Elhusseini
It is true that the violent backlash and the crime that was committed as a response on published cartoons was unacceptable and strongly condemned, yet the whole incident brings the issue of freedom of speech into a second level of discussion. For Pope Francis, there are limits to free speech. Commenting on the said caricatures, Pope Francis said: “Religious freedom and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights. But they are also not total liberties.”

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