Mideast Flashpoints

Iran: causes and consequences of the recent unrest

Over the past few weeks, Iran has been shaken by what has been often described as the most widespread series of demonstrations in the country since 2009, which resulted in at least 22 casualties and thousands of arrests in a matter of days...

Jerusalem, back to Yasser Arafat's political vision: why peace is possible

President Donald Trump's decision to transfer the US Embassy to Jerusalem, despite the controversy it has raised around the world, raises the question of whether Washington can still play the role of sponsor of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process...

The Egypt-Hamas deal: a piece of the changing regional puzzle

On October 13, 2017, Hamas and Fatah signed the “Palestinian reconciliation agreement” in Cairo. The deal was brokered by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and high-level officials from the General Intelligence Directorate, an agency with a key role in Egyptian security...

Competing narratives and the Saudi-Iranian cleavage

The Middle East is at a new turning point as a consequence of a “mysterious situation”, as described by Lebanese President Michel Aoun, involving the Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri on the occasion of a prolonged visit to Riyadh and the mounting war of declarations between Saudi Arabia and Iran...