The UN’s “Plan B” for Libya needs a security solution, too

The UN has undertaken a series of steps to push Libya beyond the uneasy stability imposed by the militias. Together with Plan B, an economic-military-political package could provide the means to do so.

The stakes behind the story: How Egypt’s media covered the Khashoggi case

As the Khashoggi story became too big to ignore, Egypt's state-owned and private media coverage confirmed that the country could not afford to harm its ties with Saudi Arabia.

Key Afghan police chief killed in Kandahar attack

The assassinations are likely to undermine voter turnout in Afghanistan's south and deepen divisions within the Afghan government about the prospect of peace with the Taliban.

The Fatemiyoun Division: Afghan fighters in Syria

Originally styled as a small detachment of volunteers and refugees mobilized to defend the shrine of Sayyeda Zeinab, the Fatemiyoun formation’s size and presence across Syria has slowly expanded throughout the war. In this policy paper, Tobias Schneider analyzes the Fatemiyoun Division and the impact of its Syrian jihad on the Hazara community in Iran as well as transnational militancy in Afghanistan.

Will Khashoggi’s murder end the Kushner-MbS relationship?

In this week's Monday Briefing, MEI experts discuss recent and upcoming events including the repercussions of Jamal Khashoggi's murder on the Kushner-MbS relationship, Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections, and the summit meeting between European leaders, Putin and Erdogan on Idlib.

Erdogan’s generals: From military tutelage to a politicized military

Erdogan is likely to leave behind a highly politicized officer corps rather than a meritocratic one.

Turkish court frees jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson

The key takeaway from Turkish court’s decision to release him is that playing hardball with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pays off.

Will the price-stabilizing OPEC+ agreement last?

Although the current oil-market landscape might seem beneficial to the Gulf states, it will be difficult to sustain amid major drops in global oil supply, Washington's standoff with Moscow and Tehran, and quota disagreements between Saudi Arabia and Russia.

EU policies may worsen migration crisis in 2019

The most recent EU summit, in June 2018, only proved that the EU’s member states do not share any common long-term perspective on migration from Middle East to Europe. This lack of cohesion, as well as a lack of substantial cooperation with the U.S., are the best recipe for a humanitarian disaster in 2019.

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