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Islam in the UAE’s Foreign Policy

This pillar of the UAE’s foreign policy became increasingly important following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which two Emirati hijackers carried out with 17 others mainly from Saudi Arabia, as well as the Islamic State’s meteoric rise to power in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Assad’s Comeback? A Lebanese Perspective

Last December, I paid a visit to Lebanon where I had the chance to talk to some of my colleagues and friends (think-tankers, journalists, activists, and academicians) about their perspective regarding the latest developments in Syria, and how these developments would affect Lebanon as well as their evaluation of different roles played by several foreign players inside Syria including the U.

Trump’s Double “Conflation” Problem

At this point I should underscore that for years Turkey has been a safe haven not just to Syrian Arabs and Turkmens -and other ethnicities-, but also hundreds of thousands of Syrian Kurds, who fled the brutal Syrian regime and terrorist organizations such as the YPG, the PKK’s Syrian wing, which Trump and major international media outlets are outrageously happy to equate with Kurdish-ness.