Tempobs - L'Iran, l'Arabie saoudite et «l'ombre de l'avenir»

As the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia has recently risen to new heights (e.g. Paul Iddon, “Was Saudi Arabia’s execution of Sheikh Nimr calculated or reckless?“, Rudaw, 8 Jan 2016; Jon Schwarz, “One Map That Explains the Dangerous Saudi-Iranian Conflict“, The Intercept, 6 Jan 2016), and has regional if not global repercussions, the focus question of our project, i.e. “Within which timeframe could we see full cooperation or, on the contrary, war occur between Saudi Arabia and Iran?” is even more relevant. Warren, with the previous article, started addressing the “stances” of Iran and Saudi Arabia towards each other. Here we shall continue mapping out the two possible future outcomes and the two countries’ relations, i.e. war at one end of the spectrum and cooperation at the […]

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Tempobs - État d'hostilité mutuelle: Arabie Saoudite et Iran

Let’s get started on mapping the Iran-Saudi relationship. To recapitulate our method, we shall build upon the intuitive model introduced in the previous two posts (“Mindfully Mapping a Middle Eastern Morass – Saudi Arabia and Iran” & “Mapping an Interactive Network for Iran and Saudi Arabia Relations“) that conceptualizes the two countries’ behaviors as outcomes of the interplay of various influencing forces (e.g. political, economic, security-focused) at the domestic, bilateral, regional, and international levels. Drawing upon analytic commentary and event reporting in the news and academic media, we will identify the most significant forces relevant to our focal question—movement toward war or cooperation—and the direction in which these forces are driving behavior. The map will serve as a framework for […]

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Tempobs - Cartographie d'un réseau interactif pour les relations entre l'Iran et l'Arabie saoudite

This post is the fourth of our temporal observatory project (Tempobs) and related series focused on the future of the relationships between Saudi Arabia and Iran and aiming at improving the handling of time-related issues in strategic foresight and warning, risk, or more broadly anticipatory analysis. It answers and builds upon Dr Warren Fishbein’s (hereinafter Warren) previous article (Mindfully Mapping a Middle Eastern Morass – Saudi Arabia and Iran), as we designed the series as a dialogue where we progressively build the understanding related to the foresight issue by mapping the corresponding conceptual network, continuously scan the relevant literature and news, which will allow us, finally, to assess the future, to use Warren’s apt presentation of the work involved. Here we shall present the new tool (best on desktops […]

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Sécurité et durabilité: l'avenir de l'Égypte?

La nouvelle constitution de la République arabe d'Égypte, approuvée en janvier 2014, énonce dans quatre articles les droits et les devoirs de l'État et des citoyens concernant le canal de Suez, l'environnement et les ressources naturelles et le Nil. Ces articles ont une signification politique et stratégique dans la situation actuelle en matière de sécurité intérieure, dominée par les tensions croissantes entre l'armée et les Frères musulmans et par une situation économique catastrophique, exacerbée par le contexte environnemental et international de l'Égypte et des pays riverains du Nil. Pour comprendre la situation politique et stratégique de l'Égypte, aujourd'hui et au cours des vingt prochaines années, nous devons examiner le contexte de la crise actuelle de sa durabilité nationale (Valantin, Égypte, changement climatique et la longue ressource […]

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The Red (Team) Analysis Weekly - 13 février 2014 - Tempêtes et inondations, annonciateurs de changements multiformes

Editorial – Storms and floods, harbinger of multifaceted changes: While the US knows a very cold winter, Western Europe is hit by the ninth storm since 17 December 2013, each bringing destruction and floods in its wake. This shows first, in a somehow novel way, that so-called “rich and developed”countries can be relentlessly hit by what is most probably a consequence of climate change. Here we are faced with storms and related floods, but other types of extreme weather events could also occur. Second, these storms start giving us an idea of how this vulnerability will most probably have multifaceted and mammoth impacts. Actually, this issue is far from being completely new. We have already underlined the high likelihood to see […]

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