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  • Author: International Crisis Group
  • Publication Date: 01-2021
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: International Crisis Group
  • Abstract: The 2015 nuclear deal enters 2021 clinging to life, having survived the Trump administration’s withdrawal and Iran’s breaches of its commitments. When the Biden administration takes office, Washington and Tehran should move quickly and in parallel to revive the agreement on its original terms.
  • Topic: Arms Control and Proliferation, Diplomacy, Nuclear Weapons, Military Strategy, Denuclearization
  • Political Geography: Iran, Middle East, North America, United States of America
  • Author: International Crisis Group
  • Publication Date: 07-2021
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: International Crisis Group
  • Abstract: The huge demonstrations that rocked Iraqi cities two years ago reverberate still, with the main grievances unaddressed. Protests could arise anew at any time, risking another lethal crackdown. The government should hold those who harmed protesters accountable and work to ensure clean elections in October.
  • Topic: Social Movement, Conflict, Protests, Oppression
  • Political Geography: Iraq, Middle East
  • Author: International Crisis Group
  • Publication Date: 08-2021
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: International Crisis Group
  • Abstract: Iran has a new president, consolidating the hardliners’ control over the centres of power. What will he do about the country’s numerous crises? One answer is clear: the 2015 nuclear deal’s fate remains the most pressing issue for Tehran and its foreign interlocutors.
  • Topic: Nuclear Weapons, Military Strategy, Governance, Leadership, Conflict
  • Political Geography: Iran, Middle East
  • Author: International Crisis Group
  • Publication Date: 08-2021
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: International Crisis Group
  • Abstract: The latest escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict brought important shifts in the status quo, underscoring the necessity of a political settlement. A peace based on equal respect for both peoples’ rights will take time, however. Steps to lower the temperature are urgent in the interim.
  • Topic: Diplomacy, Territorial Disputes, Conflict, Peace, Settlements
  • Political Geography: Middle East, Israel, Palestine
  • Author: International Crisis Group
  • Publication Date: 08-2021
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: International Crisis Group
  • Abstract: The Gulf Arab states have perceived threats from Iran since the 1979 revolution. Frictions have lessened of late, offering an important opportunity. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi should keep engaging Tehran with an eye to initiating the broadest possible talks on regional peace and security.
  • Topic: Diplomacy, Military Strategy, Conflict, Peace
  • Political Geography: Iran, Middle East, Gulf Nations
  • Author: International Crisis Group
  • Publication Date: 10-2021
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: International Crisis Group
  • Abstract: Lebanon is suffering economic meltdown while its politicians dither. Reform – and fiscal relief – is unlikely before 2022 elections. While pushing for timely polls, international partners should send humanitarian assistance to ease the public’s pain, keep key infrastructure running and avert security breakdowns.
  • Topic: Security, Economics, Infrastructure, Reform, Fiscal Policy
  • Political Geography: Middle East, Lebanon
  • Author: International Crisis Group
  • Publication Date: 11-2021
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: International Crisis Group
  • Abstract: After suffering grievously under ISIS, and during the battles to defeat it, Raqqa is being rebuilt. The calm is tenuous, however. The U.S. and partners should work toward long-term stability in Syria’s north east, through investment and talks about sustainable governance and security arrangements.
  • Topic: Economics, Governance, Recovery, Sustainability, Strategic Stability
  • Political Geography: Middle East, Syria
  • Author: International Crisis Group
  • Publication Date: 12-2021
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: International Crisis Group
  • Abstract: International donors cut off all but emergency aid to Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover in August. Months later, the state is collapsing and a humanitarian disaster is looming. Donors should work with the state to restore basic public services and mitigate the population’s suffering.
  • Topic: Disaster Relief, Infrastructure, Governance, Humanitarian Crisis, Public Service
  • Political Geography: Afghanistan, Middle East