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Kirk H Sowell is the principal of Utica Risk Services, a Middle East-focused political-risk firm. He is a specialist in Arabic-language research, and aside from consultancy work he regularly publishes on topics related to politics, political economy and Islamist movements in the region.

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Turkish Elections: A Final Referendum on Erdogan’s Republic بقلم Yavuz Baydar - يناير 30, 2023

With President Recep Tayyip Erdogan setting voting day for May 14, Turkey’s polarized political landscape is braced for the most critical, dramatic elections in the country’s history. Coinciding with the republic’s centennial, the choice of nearly 53 million voters feels existential: They will decide whether or not to approve – in final terms – Erdogan’s drive toward an extremely centralized system of … Continue reading “Turkish Elections: A Final Referendum on Erdogan’s Republic”

The End of the Road for Syria’s Opposition? بقلم حايد حايد - يناير 29, 2023

Turkey’s efforts to normalize diplomatic relations with the Syrian regime have fueled unease among Syria’s armed opposition groups, leading some opponents of President Bashar Al Assad’s government to fear the end of their decade-long cause. Among those most concerned is Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS), a Sunni Islamist political and armed organization that controls most of northwest Syria. While there is no evidence … Continue reading “The End of the Road for Syria’s Opposition?”

China’s COVID Recovery and Implications for the Middle East بقلم يون صن - يناير 28, 2023

More than a month has passed since China abandoned its zero-COVID policy, reopening its doors after three years of self-imposed isolation. Even as the pandemic sweeps through the country like a tsunami, infecting millions, many inside China believe the worst is behind them. This positive outlook is reflected in the economic arena. China experienced the slowest GDP growth … Continue reading “China’s COVID Recovery and Implications for the Middle East”

السيارات الكهربائية: تهيمن على السوق العالمي الآن، ولكن لاتزال المشكلة قائمة. بقلم جوزيف دانا - يناير 27, 2023

هيمنت السيارات الكهربائية أخيرا على قطاع السيارات، فبعد عقود من انتظار ثورة السيارات الكهربائية، ها نحن نرى المزيد والمزيد من الناس في جميع أنحاء العالم يقودونها، وتجاوزت مبيعات السيارات الكهربائية نقطة حاسمة في عام 2022 بنسبة 10 في المئة من حصة سوق السيارات العالمية، والفضل في ذلك يعود إلى النمو القوي في الصين وأوروبا. ونظرا … Continue reading “السيارات الكهربائية: تهيمن على السوق العالمي الآن، ولكن لاتزال المشكلة قائمة.”