Chances to curb terrorism through intelligence exchange – a case of thwarted Al Qaeda attack by Yemen authorities

Chances to curb terrorism through intelligence exchange – a case of thwarted Al Qaeda attack by Yemen authorities

What experts on terrorism said on 2nd June during the conference on terrorism in Bucharest turns out to be true: cooperation among states and efficient exchange of intelligence can curb terrorism. On the same day of 2nd June 2016, general Faraj Salmin, commander of Yemen’s Second Military Zone in the east of Yemen, made public […]

The emergence and evolution of the jihad offers answers to the emergence of radical Islamism – Part II

The emergence and evolution of the jihad offers answers to the emergence of radical Islamism – Part II

During his lifetime, the Prophet Muhammad left a number of basic ideas regarding the concept of “jihad”, although he never quite detailed the subject as much as some Muslim scholars and jurists have done after his death. Thus, in the terms of the Prophet Muhammad there were only two types of jihad:   The Major […]

The emergence and evolution of the jihad offers answers to the emergence of radical Islamism – Part I

The emergence and evolution of the jihad offers answers to the emergence of radical Islamism – Part I

We see waves of radical Islamic groups, from Al-Qaeda to Islamic State (ISIS), invoking the name of Allah and the Prophet Muhammad to justify their actions. We see Saudi Arabia punishing acts of freedom of speech with life imprisonment or even with capital punishment and we see the Saudis still forcing their women to wear […]

Kemalism, a possible solution to a more peaceful Middle East

Kemalism, a possible solution to a more peaceful Middle East

The end of the first Word War defined another geopolitical route for Turkey and forced by its own security needs – not by foreign compulsion – it integrated a set of Western ideas dubbed “The six arrows” – “republicanism, populism, nationalism, secularism, statism” and “reformism- within the set of traditional values that had been in […]

Iran and Saudi’s nuclear dilemma

Iran and Saudi’s nuclear dilemma

Even the majority of the Arabian states greeted the Geneva Accord, behind the curtains, they are distrustful of the real intentions of Teheran. Far, the most visible attitude on this line is the Saudi Arabia`s who sees Iran like the main rival in Persian Gulf region. Beyond the geopolitical interests and the Persian-Arabian or Sunni-Shiite […]

Why are future negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear military program compromised?

For two simple reasons: 1. Iran has already agreed in November 2013 with a series of provisions that basically prevents the creation of a nuclear device, so any further concessions in this regard must be made in exchange for concessions on key issues for Tehran. 2 .Leaving aside the Iranian, Israeli or American rhetoric, Tehran […]

Arab Spring Anniversary

Arab Spring Anniversary

During the 2nd anniversary of the Arab Spring we witnessed mass protests and manifestations in the whole MENA region. Now, this spring is closer to a season of discontent  than to an anniversary, after 2 years protesters change their calls but continue the manifestations. Because of the different rates of change in MENA ,  the […]

So, what about Syria?

So, what about Syria?

In the beginning, the Arab Spring was a game of chess. All of the pieces were on the chessboard when Bouazizi made his first move in Tunisia two years ago. At the dawn of each revolution there were many hopes at stake, because those involved believed that their life will be different at the end […]