Shehab al-Makahleh

Shehab al-Makahleh is a senior journalist who has written for various media outlets and newspapers around the world. He is also a senior advisor at Gulf State Analytics, having previously worked as a policy advisor in the United Arab Emirates. Makahleh is the author of “Into the Terrorist Minds.”

Jordan's Fragile Stability Is under Threat

Jul 09, 2018

The West needs to understand the present connection between Jordan’s economy and its politics. Since 2011, Jordan has been facing a wide range of pressures — political, economic, demographic, security and military — due mainly to the continuing anarchy in neighboring Iraq and Syria that has driven hundreds of thousands...

A Game of Thrones for the Palestinian Authority

May 22, 2018

President Mahmoud Abbas seems to be on his way out as the leader of the Palestinian Authority. Who will take his place?  Palestinian politics today is undergoing a change as President Mahmoud Abbas’ health condition deteriorates. With no clear heir to ensure a landslide victory, the question over who will...

Russia Makes a Play for the Middle East

May 03, 2018

The competition between the United States and Russia in the MENA region will be determined after the end of the Syrian conflict. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is caught between the hammer of the US and the anvil of Russia. Russian-American competition has re-emerged in the region ever since...

Can Moscow Mediate Between Tehran and Riyadh?

Oct 25, 2017

The Middle East is in a process of a geopolitical makeover that could affect the region for decades to come. The recent Russian initiative to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia has come as a surprise and has left many questions about what Moscow could do in order to bridge...

Trump Administration Makes U-Turn in Middle East

Oct 12, 2017

With a new American military base in Israel, Washington has refocused US foreign policy on the Middle East. The US has a history of deploying its military forces to Israel, but now it has opened a permanent base in the Negev desert. For many in Washington and Tel Aviv, this...

Are New Middle Eastern Alliances Reshaping the Region?

Sep 19, 2017

Political spats and rifts in the Middle East could lead to proxy wars and potentially redraw demarcation lines for new states in parts of Iraq and Turkey. The Middle East is witnessing a total makeover that may change the rules of war, peace and stability not only in the region,...

Is it Time to Reopen the Jordan-Syria Border?

Sep 09, 2017

If the borders with Syria are reopened, Jordan can become a hub for the reconstruction process. Jordan is employing a new political and security tactic regarding the Syrian conflict. On August 30, Amman, the host of the Military Operations Center (MOC) that oversees the truce in Syria, held a prisoner...

Will Jordan Normalize Relations with Syria?

Aug 29, 2017

Many countries are courting the Syrian government now that the civil war seems almost over. The behind-the-scene actions to settle the Syrian conflict are beginning to emerge in the open. The course of the crisis appears to be shifting not only between the Syrian government, but also with other countries...

Russia's New Role in the New Middle East

Aug 25, 2017

Russia is finding it difficult to gain a foothold in the Middle East. At a time when tensions between Moscow and Washington are on the rise, Russia is determined to have a greater say in global affairs, particularly in the tumultuous Middle East. At present, Russia considers itself as a...

Can Muqtada Al-Sadr Defuse Tensions Between Riyadh and Tehran?

Aug 08, 2017

Seeing Iraq regain stability serves as a source of panic for some in the region. Iraq’s influential Shia leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, paid an unexpected visit to Saudi Arabia on July 28 and 29, where he met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and other senior officials. The meeting took place before...

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