Mauritania’s Fading Promise and Uncertain Future

By Bill Law

Mauritania is rarely in the news. A member of the Arab League, it shares with its southern neighbor Senegal a large offshore gas field that promises to bring a potentially huge windfall to the impoverished northwest African nation. The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim field sits in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the two countries at a depth of 2,850 meters. According to BP, which is invested...

Climate Disruption and the American Obsession with Control

By Peter Isackson

For this week’s debate between US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, the moderator, Chris Wallace, has ambitiously proposed six topics. They presumably represent what he believes are the most important and urgent issues to clarify for the two candidates. The topics are: Trump’s and Biden’s records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and violence in our cities, and the integrity...

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How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

By Atul Singh

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to read. You...


Outrages and the Future of Free Speech

The Energy Angle to the UAE-Israel Deal

Does Iran Pose a Threat to the Horn of Africa?

The Liberation of Paris

Insecurity in the Sahel Region

The UAE Gambles by Normalizing Relations With Israel

How the Romans Responded to Disasters

Narratives About Turkish Military Interventions

Europe Is Divided in Libya

Why Listening and Learning Come Before Strategy

The Interview

Iran’s unpopular quest for nuclear energy has dominated news headlines for decades. This has left little room for reporting on less-discussed topics about the country. One of these is tourism. At a time of a pandemic, Iran continues to face grueling international sanctions and domestic divisions. But it is an uncontested fact that the country has a long revered civilization, and...

By Kourosh Ziabari & Kamila Napora