Maciej Śmigiel

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EXPERTISE

Middle East, North Africa, intercultural relations

LANGUAGES

Polish, English, Arabic

BIOGRAPHY

A graduate of the Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Warsaw, where he was granted scholarships to Egypt and Morocco. Currently a PhD candidate at the Doctoral School of Humanities (cultural and religious studies). He gained his professional experience as a trainee at the Counter-Terrorism Center in Internal Security Agency, Embassy of Poland in Cairo and National Security Agency.

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All Quiet on the Jerusalem Front

All Quiet on the Jerusalem Front

Recently, the world’s media have been abuzz with reports of yet another escalation of tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. One of the longest and most complex ongoing conflicts around the globe has once again manifested its presence to the public. Since May 10, thousands of rockets have already been launched from the Gaza Strip at Tel Aviv, among other targets. Israel immediately responded to Palestinian rocket fire. Hundreds of civilians have already lost their lives from the clashes. What factors have led to the renewed escalation of the conflict?

The Diplomatic Crisis in the Persian Gulf. Causes, Development, Resolution?

The Diplomatic Crisis in the Persian Gulf. Causes, Development, Resolution?

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, it was announced that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt will restore diplomatic relations with Qatar and lift the blockade of this country that began in June 2017. Theoretically, the situation could be the beginning of the end of the diplomatic crisis between the close allies of the United States in the Gulf region, which has been dragging on for three and a half years

The Dynamics of International Relations in the Middle East

The Dynamics of International Relations in the Middle East

The relations between individual countries, religious, paramilitary and terrorist organizations in addition to overseas powers can confuse even skilled observers, let alone laypeople. Nevertheless, it is worth noting some basic characteristics that shape the reality of the Middle East nowadays.

The “Abraham Accord” and the symbolic end of an era

The “Abraham Accord” and the symbolic end of an era

On Thursday, August 13, 2020, the world heard about an agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The event has been dubbed the “Abraham Accord,” and while this is not the first time Israel has entered into official diplomatic ties with an Arab country, it is still a breakthrough in many ways.

Egypt and Ethiopia dispute the dam. Is there a real risk of conflict?

Egypt and Ethiopia dispute the dam. Is there a real risk of conflict?

Another round of negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia concerning the Ethiopian project to build the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile has ended with a stalemate. The dispute over the construction of a hydroelectric power plant has been going for years and neither side seems willing to make any concessions.

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