Marwan Kabalan

Marwan Kabalan

Marwan Kabalan is a Syrian academic and writer. He holds a PhD degree in International Relations. He is the Director of Policy Analysis at the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies.

Middle East

In the Middle East, a new military crescent is in the making

Counter-revolutionary forces are seeking to resurrect the military dictatorship model the Arab Spring dismantled.

In the Middle East, a new military crescent is in the making

Russia

Can the Astana process survive the US withdrawal from Syria?

Trump's decision to pull out of Syria has sent Turkey, Russia and Iran scrambling to find a solution for the northeast.

Can the Astana process survive the US withdrawal from Syria?

Middle East

What will the Middle East look like in 2019?

In 2019, old conflicts in the Middle East will persist and new ones might erupt.

What will the Middle East look like in 2019?

Syria's War

What would the US withdrawal from Syria mean for the region?

Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria could mark the start of a new 'all-against-all' war in the Middle East.

What would the US withdrawal from Syria mean for the region?

GCC

Is the GCC dead?

After the December 9 summit in Riyadh, it became clear that the GCC has lost its raison d'etre.

Is the GCC dead?

Middle East

Why Saudi Arabia's foreign policy is failing

Mohammed bin Salman has transformed Saudi Arabia's traditionally tactical diplomacy to a reckless mess.

Why Saudi Arabia's foreign policy is failing

Middle East

Russia's new game in Syria

Russia is focusing its efforts on blackmailing Europe into paying for reconstruction and pushing the US out.

Russia's new game in Syria

Iraq

Sectarian conflicts in the Middle East can be resolved

Sectarianism is a modern-day phenomenon in the Middle East and should be addressed as such.

Sectarian conflicts in the Middle East can be resolved

Syria's War

The battle for Idlib: Three scenarios

After using de-escalation zones to take over one rebel-held area after the other, Russia has its eyes now on Idlib.

The battle for Idlib: Three scenarios

Iran

Trump's 'Arab NATO' plan to counter Iran is doomed to fail

What the region needs is not an 'Arab NATO' but a Marshall Plan.

Trump's 'Arab NATO' plan to counter Iran is doomed to fail

Russia

Russia's endgame in Syria: Iran for Ukraine?

Russia wants to use the gains it made in Syria as a bargaining chip with the US on Ukraine and the economic sanctions.

Russia's endgame in Syria: Iran for Ukraine?

Iran

Iran's Syria predicament

There is growing pressure on Iran to withdraw its forces from Syria.

Iran's Syria predicament