Deciphering Israel's elections
Tuesday’s Israeli elections: a primer
Tuesday March 17th, Israelis will elect a new Knesset. Find out what major issues surround Israel’s 20th Knesset election, and which major political parties are slated to win seats – including the Joint List of Arab parties, expected to play a larger role in Israeli politics than in the past.
Basic policies overlooked by Lebanese political parties
Lebanon suffers from a medley of social issues, many of which could be tackled by a functional government. However, in a country whose very politics are divided by confessional lines, sects tend to simply vote within their group - rendering it useless for political parties to urge any sort of policy.
Source: Michael Karam for the National
The emerging military dimension to the Qatari-Turkish relationship
Turkey and Qatar recently signed a military agreement, an indicator of the two countries’ increasingly close relationship. Will the Qatari-Turkish cooperation be the beginning of a new regional trend, or is it simply an “old school” example of a Gulf state seeking out alliances to attain military security?
Source: Gulf Blog