Iran’s power play in the Middle East

“An agreement to be successful is going to require that the regional states feel reassured that this agreement is not at their expense.” In an interview with War and Peace Talk on 3 April… Continue reading

The Islamic State: Libya as a new stronghold?

“A lot of things need to happen before Libyans either side have the capability and capacity to take action against these radical groups” Professor Dirk Vandewalle (Dartmouth College) analyzes the probability of the… Continue reading

Libya: A flawed electoral system at the root of the conflict?

“In a sense, in Libya the cart was put before the horse, […] they had elections before they had any of the institutions that in most circumstances really give elections meaning” For War… Continue reading

Libya: Prospects of a political solution to the crisis

“Whoever controls the money in a sense controls politics in Libya” Professor Dirk Vandewalle (Dartmouth College) examines the current conflict in Libya between the two parallel governments fighting for state control. The recent… Continue reading

The Islamic State: Tunisia’s response to the threat

“We need an early warning system within communities in Tunisia” Dr Moncef Kartas elaborates on the role the Tunisian government can take to prevent young people from joining the Islamic State. Rather than… Continue reading

The Islamic State: A Threat for the West?

“Is there a way we could de-radicalize these people and reintegrate them – or perhaps for the first time integrate them into society?” Dr Moncef Kartas (Project Coordinator, Small Arms Survey) argues that… Continue reading

The Islamic State: Foreign fighters from Tunisia

“What we have now is basically a dominance of different Salafi ideologies, […] due to the fact that we don’t have an appealing alternative philosophy in Islam in Tunisia.”   Dr Moncef Kartas… Continue reading

Security Sector Reform in Tunisia: A lost cause?

In the wake of the Ben Ali regime, Security Sector Reform in Tunisia still remains  a major challenge for the nascant democratic state. Civil society organizations, Dr. Moncef Kartas (project coordinator of the… Continue reading

Tunisia: Growing pains of a nascent democracy

“To democracy there is more than just having a constitution and conducting elections” In a critical reflection on the current Tunisian political situation, Dr Moncef Kartas (project coordinator of the North Africa Security Assessment,… Continue reading

The Legacy of the Arab Spring in Tunisia

“The euphoria for the Arab spring has disappeared in Tunisia. […] There is a high sense of insecurity, […] also due to the tendency for sensationalism and lack of professionalism of Tunisian media”… Continue reading

Killing Al-Baghdadi: the end of the Caliphate or part of the narrative?

“IS and all jihadis believe that there is going to be war until the day of reckoning. A Caliphate will be re-constituted before the end times. But there are 12 Caliphs before the… Continue reading

The Folly of Bombing the Islamic State

“Bin Laden was very proud that he had only spent 500.000 dollars on the 9/11 attacks. The US in response to those attacks has probably spent 3 trillion dollars. So as a return… Continue reading