Central Asia & Middle East

Though it is estimated that around 300.000 children are involved in the current conflicts in the world, whether as combatants, suicide attackers, or cleaners, guards, cooks, sexual workers, ISIS’s strategy is more complex in recruiting and training these children than many other radical groups’ methods. It is not sure, how many children have joined ISIS...

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The Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium’s new study suggested that ISIS has evolved into and “organized and structured extremist organization in order to consolidate its power as a government” within the territory of the Islamic Caliphate. The organization cannot be compared to the al Quaeda, since it is more structured, with more tactical, financial and...

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Yemen had been a battlefield for an international proxy war since September 2014, when the Houthi rebels seized control of the Capital City, Sanaa. The rebels rejected a government proposed constitution back in January, and in the following month, they announced the setup of a transitional presidential council. Yemen is currently suffering from a humanitarian...

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Five years ago, as Prime Minister (he became President in 2014), Erdogan`s way to combine Islam and democracy appealed to many in countries as Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, countries emerging from the Arab Spring. He was much appreciated in all of these countries. Turkey`s economy started to be successful and to grow healthy; its politics...

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“The enemy of my enemy is my friend”, they say; but things were never that easy in the Middle East. The relationship between Iran and Iraq seems to be one of the biggest ironies in the recent history. Why? Because Iran was an important actor in Iraq’s destabilization and also partially responsible. Looking back, it`s...

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The ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq took an unexpected turn recently, as contrary to overall expectations, the fighters pertaining to the self-entitled caliphate, managed to take control over key cities in both states. Ramadi, situated some 70 miles away from Baghdad, represented a heavy blow both for the Iraqi official forces as well as...

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Yemen has been into a state of civil war even since 2011. There are multiple competing factions that fight for taking control of the poorest country of the Middle East. The main conflict is developing between the Houthi rebels and the government, which is known to have enlisted a coalition of Saudi and Arab forces...

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The conflict in Iraq is very dynamic in its nature, due to the fact that the attacks won’t stop at all. From our perspective, there is a high risk that Iraq will face a humanitarian crisis. On the other hand, the conflict goes so far, that it is currently affecting the social environment along with...

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2002 – President George W. Bush tells the world leaders at a UN conference to confront the danger of Iraq or strand aside as the US acts. The UN inspectors return to Iraq backed by a UN resolution that threatens serious consequences. 2003 – The UK’s ambassador to the UN says that the diplomatic process...

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Yemen has been at the crossroads of Africa, in the Middle East and Asia for thousands of years to its position on the ancient space routes. It is one of the possible locations for the Biblical kingdom of Sheba. The modern Republic of Yemen was born in 1990, when the traditional North Yemen and Communist...

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