Salma Eissa is a Middle East Assistant Research Manager at ACLED. Salma has an M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, London. She has 10 years of experience in the Egyptian civil society and research and academia sectors, and has a keen interest in political analysis and trends and patterns of political violence in the MENA region. She is fluent in Arabic and English, and is based in Cairo, Egypt.

Regional Overview: Middle East
15-21 March 2020

Last week in the Middle East key developments include: continued fighting in Yemen; a new prime minister-designate and reduced coalition activity in Iraq; relative calm in Syria’s Greater Idleb area; and prison riots in Iran, Jordan, and Lebanon over the threat of coronavirus. In Yemen, pro-Houthi forces clashed with anti-Houthi forces repeatedly in Ad Dali,…

Regional Overview: Middle East
8-14 March 2020

Last week in the Middle East, key developments include: continued fighting across most frontlines in Yemen; an escalation in Iraq following fatal rocket attacks against an Iraqi military base that hosts coalition forces; the maintenance of the Turkey-Syria ceasefire in northwestern Syria; and an overall decrease in demonstration events regionally due to fears of spreading…

Regional Overview: Middle East
1-7 March 2020

Last week in the Middle East, key developments include: major fighting in Yemen; a lack of political leadership in Iraq amid ongoing demonstrations, and rising Islamic State (IS) activity; a ceasefire agreement between Turkey and Russia in Syria; inconclusive Israeli elections; and a spike in protests around the region. In Yemen, Houthi forces continued their…

Regional Overview: Middle East
23-29 February 2020

Last week in the Middle East, key developments include: escalating confrontations between Turkish and Syrian regime forces, major clashes in Yemen, Islamic State (IS) attacks in Iraq, a two-day flare-up between Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Israel, and demonstrations related to the coronavirus outbreak in Iran.  In Syria, tensions between the Assad regime and Turkey…