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As Islamic State and
jihadist rebels head for defeat in Syria’s civil war, the conflict is becoming
more internationalized. Turkey has intervened military in the north against the
Kurds, the U.S. has bombed Russian military contractors, and a rocket-propelled
chess game between Israel on one side and Iran and Hezbollah on the other is
heating up. If the key players aren’t careful, Round 2 in Syria could be a
With the Middle East in
turmoil, the Arab world’s most populous nation and its biggest army are nowhere
to be found. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi believes the path to
national greatness begins at home, with economic development – not foreign
entanglements. But as trouble builds up in Egypt’s immediate neighborhood, Mr.
El-Sisi may not be able to stay out.
Ambassador Zvi Mazel
list of challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa is long and daunting. Political
instability and violence have led to immense migration flows that countries on
three continents are struggling to contain. These problems have exacerbated
weather-related catastrophes like famine, creating a vicious circle. Yet, the
region has plenty of potential. Can it overcome its hurdles? This edition of
GIS Dossier surveys the predictions from our experts on this troubled region.
Tension between the Mediterranean Sea’s northern and southern shores is nothing new. In fact, it is ancient, dating back well before 1830, when France colonised Algeria in an effort to suppress the piracy, slave trade and smuggling that had infested those waters for centuries, and also to satisfy commercial interests.