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Syria's Civil War: Who is Supporting the Government?

An overview of the groups supporting the Assad regime on the ground today. 

Explainer
Syria's Civil War: Who is Supporting the Government?

Long-term threat of Iraq's Shia militias

The incorporation of the predominantly Shia Popular Mobilisation Units as a government entity operating alongside the army has rai...

Iraq
Fighters from the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia in Basra.

What Does the Future Hold for Hizbullah After Syria's Conflict?

The Iran-backed Shia militia is on a long and bumpy road from millennial revolutionary zeal to Lebanon's confessional realpolitik....

Lebanon

Why The US Should Not Ignore Hizbullah in Syria

Regardless of whether the Lebanese Shia militia is 'plotting' directly against the US or not, the group will instigate greater reg...

Syria

Saudi-Iraqi Tensions Should be a Wake-Up Call on Sectarianism

ISIS has shown that localised sectarian tensions can give rise to global terrorism, and that marriages of convenience can come bac...

Sectarianism

What is the Houthi Movement?

The conflict between Yemen's Houthi movement and Saudi-backed pro-government forces has been ongoing since March 2015, but the Shi...

Houthi Movement

Hizbullah Under Fire in Syria

May's assassination of a senior Hizbullah commander, apparently by Syrian rebel groups, demonstrates the growing threat the group ...

Hizbullah

Behind the GCC's Terrorist Designation of Hizbullah

The Gulf Cooperation Council's move to blacklist the Lebanese Shia militia goes back at least three years, and is largely a functi...

Hizbullah

What makes a religious extremist?

Is religion inherently extremist? Or do we just hear a lot more about the extremist variety?

Ideology

What Khamenei's letter shares with jihadi propaganda

In a message to Europe's youth after the deadly Paris attacks, Iran's supreme leader stands at the crossroads between two bitterly...

Iran

The Other Apocalypse

Apocalyptic imagery permeates the current conflicts of the Middle East....

Shia extremism

What is Hizbullah? International Influence

Hizbullah holds a dominant position in Lebanese politics, but is also an international terrorist organisation responsible for spec...

Hizbullah
What is Hizbullah? International Influence

What is Hizbullah? Domestic Aspects

Hizbullah holds a dominant position in Lebanese politics, but is also an international terrorist organisation responsible for spec...

Hizbullah
What is Hizbullah? Domestic Aspects

A Watershed Moment for India

The economic progress of Gujarat has been held up as a model for the country....

India
Religion & Geopolitics. A Watershed Moment for India.