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A difficult reconstruction: Perspectives of European Initiatives in Syria

The situation in the country

The war in Syria has been raging since 2011 and has already claimed half a million lives. More than a million people...

What's new on NATO's Southern flank: security threats and the Alliance's role after the Warsaw Summit

The threats from the Southern flank have a direct and negative impact on Euro-Atlantic security: attacks organised or inspired by Islamic terrorist networks...

Down but not out: Is the end nigh for ISIL?

Out of sight, out of mind

The international coalition (Operation Inherent Resolve, OIR) against the so-called Islamic State (ISIL), to which Germany also...

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A failed peace process? The rapprochement between Hamas and Fatah and the consequences of the announced relocation of the US embassy

The overall political climate brought Hamas and Fatah closer together

In May 2011, Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo under which...

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What future for Northern Iraq? The Kurdish dilemma and shifting spheres of influence in the region

Baghdad’s new protector

It was an event of symbolic importance: in November 2015, Kurdish forces advanced on the town of Sinjar, a key hub in Iraq’s...

A Premature Obituary for ISIL: The Mosul Offensive and its Potential Aftermath

The loss of Mosul would be a serious and highly symbolic setback for ISIL. This is because Mosul is the city where ISIL publicly declared its caliphate in...

The West in the Middle East: A Realisitic Analysis and Policy Priorities for a Region With Structurally Irresolvable Problems

If you are looking for solutions, don’t go to the Middle East. The region suffers from very severe problems. Sometimes important social reforms or political...

Attack on the West: what is the strategy of ISIL?

The war of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against Western countries apparently began last November, when 130 people were killed in the Paris...

Syrian Separation: why division is not the answer

Syria: not as artificial as some might think

First of all, Syria is not an artificial construct. Too often in the debate over the Syrian civil war, the...

Preventing the “Islamic State” in Central Asia: conditions, risks and peace policy requirements

Preventing IS with peace policies or counterinsurgency – what is at stake?

In Central Asia, the IS operates under the name “IS Khorasan” via Afghanistan. It...

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