The legacy of the Arab Uprisings is one that has encouraged a willingness to pose questions, put issues on the table and challenge established norms. Pressured by human rights and trade union activists leveraging Qatar’s exposure as a World Cup host, and influenced by subtle changes sparked by popular Arab revolts in recent years, young Read More
Women in the Middle East and North Africa have been active in one of the most profound contexts of change. Much has been written and speculated about life in the Middle East and North Africa. Some have experienced the love of being in a culture steeped in history and ancient folklore, romantic tales and strong Read More
A world without nuclear weapons seems as far removed now as during the 1980s. In 2000, Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin signed a deal calling on both countries to reduce their stockpiles of weapons-grade plutonium. The deal, called the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement (PMDA), was the hallmark of an era when both countries were Read More
With the US presidential election fast approaching, the next chapter of American politics will be an interesting one. The fact-checking is finished, and the polls to determine who won and who lost will soon be wiped from our collective memory. While it lasted, it wasn’t exactly waterboarding but for many it was an unambiguous case Read More
When will women finally be paid on par with men? Forty-one years ago, on October 24, 1975, nine out of every ten women in Iceland—some 25,000—got up from their desks, turned off the stoves and handed the children over to the dads to protest against gender inequality. As they went home at midnight, they had Read More
The World This Week
Trump is a dangerous demagogue who presents an unprecedented threat to American democracy and deserves to be consigned to the dustbin of history. For a man who likes his women young, slim and pretty, Donald Trump, to use a phrase from this author’s officer days, is an “old, fat and ugly...