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What is next after Operation Peace Spring?

Stasa Salacanin

What is next after Operation Peace Spring?

Although Turkey announced the end of their operations in northern Syria late last year, many unknowns still remain, as it is unclear what comes next both militarily and diplomatically.

Turkey, the Kurds and the demographic re-engineering of Syria

Amr Salahi

Turkey, the Kurds and the demographic re-engineering of Syria

The start of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring in Syria brings with it fears of demographic change. Both Turkey and its Syrian Kurdish opponents ...

Is Thailand next for the Islamic State group?

Austin Bodetti

Is Thailand next for the Islamic State group?

Analysis: The unrest in Thailand's south offers the Islamic State group all that it could need to build a southeast Asian franchise, writes ...

The New Arab & agencies

SDF declare Raqqa victory against IS, promise 'de-centralised Syria'

The defeat of the Islamic State group in its Syrian bastion of Raqqa was a "historic" achievement, the SDF said at an official ceremony in the city on Friday.

Dan Arel

What is attracting anarchists to Syria?

Comment: Kurdish attempts to carve out a self-governing territory in northern Syria are attracting western leftists - and the ire of Turkey and ...

Paul Iddon

What does the future hold for Syria's Kurds?

Analysis: Can Syrian Kurds defend and consolidate their quasi-autonomous territory?

The New Arab & agencies

Mali peace conference calls for talks with militants

Delegates at a peace conference in Mali suggested negotiations with militants in the north of the country on Sunday, in a move likely to be ...

Syria opposition, Turkey reject discussing Russian-proposed constitution

The New Arab & agencies

Syria opposition, Turkey reject discussing Russian-proposed constitution

Syria's main opposition groups and Turkey rejected discussing the future administrative make-up of Syria or a draft constitution at upcoming ...

The New Arab

Iraqi VP hints at post-IS break up of Iraq

Osama al-Nujaifi says that a federal system would help to counter current Shia control of Iraqi state institutions and serve as a "cornerstone ...

Yemen: Two governments and new wartime

Khalid Al-Karimi

Yemen: Two governments and new wartime

Comment: The formation of a new, rival Houthi-Saleh government is steering Yemen towards separation and an increasingly sectarian conflict, ...

The answer to Yemen's problems doesn't lie in partition

Khalid Al-Karimi

The answer to Yemen's problems doesn't lie in partition

Comment: Calls for south Yemen to secede from the north are growing louder, but separation will do nothing to remedy the country's woes, writes ...

Syria's other battle: Women fighting militarised machismo

Otman Aitlkaboud

Syria's other battle: Women fighting militarised machismo

Kurdish women in northern Syria are fighting both the fundamentalist tyranny of the Islamic State group and the violent authoritarianism of ...

Kurdish hopes for autonomy in Syria: An uncertain affair

Dr. Radwan Ziadeh

Kurdish hopes for autonomy in Syria: An uncertain affair

Comment: Dr Radwan Ziadeh takes a look back at the timeline of events since 2011 in northern Syria, that shaped the alliances and battles taking ...

Shireen T. Hunter

Peace in the Middle East: Federalism, not territorial disintegration

Comment: Much has been said about redrawing Middle East borders along ethnic, linguistic or sectarian lines, but the wholesale breakup of existing states not the answer, writes Shireen Hunter.

Robert Springborg

Saving Sykes-Picot

Comment: Instead of dividing existing states, or sustaining "fierce but brittle" states, the aim should be to bring about institutions that are ...

The New Arab

Chaldean Church head: Don't arm Iraqi Christians against IS

The head of the Chaldean church stressed the need for a diverse and unified Iraq and rejected a US proposal to specifically arm Christians in ...

Sana al-Yemen

Moving mountains in Yemen: the journey to peace

As Yemen prepares to make another trek in search for peace, warring factions and political grievances continue to hold it back.

Lessons from Srebrenica to Syria

James Denselow

Lessons from Srebrenica to Syria

Comment: The case of Srebrenica and the division of Yugoslavia after a bloody war can illuminate historically-grounded lessons for postwar ...

Bassel Salloukh

The end of the Arab affair

Comment: The creative ways in which postwar plural societies can be governed are dangerously undermined through reductionist binary options of ...

Divisive <em>federalism</em> in Syria: One outcome of Geneva's failure

Karim Barakat

Divisive federalism in Syria: One outcome of Geneva's failure

Comment: The declaration of a federal state in northern Syria seeks to present federalism as a viable solution, when it seems it will ...

What Kurdish <em>federalism</em> means for Syria

Kyle W. Orton

What Kurdish federalism means for Syria

Comment: Creating a new state along the border with Turkey would only create further chaos in the brutal violence, writes Kyle Orton.

Syria: Kurds 'to declare federation', regime and opposition object

The New Arab

Syria: Kurds 'to declare federation', regime and opposition object

A conference of Kurdish political and military factions in northern Syria will combine cantons into a single federation on Wednesday, but the ...

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