In Bahrain, Justice Is Still a Far-Off Goal

Jan 15, 2020

On January 8, Bahrain’s high criminal court of appeal upheld the death sentences of Mohammed Ramadan and Hussain Ali Moosa. The two were convicted in December 2014 in the killing of a police officer using confessions secured under torture. The UK Minister of State for the Middle East Andrew...

The US in the Middle East: A Triumph of the Will
Jan 13, 2020

The US in the Middle East: A Triumph of the Will

Sultan Qaboos Brought Light and Modernity to Oman
Jan 13, 2020

Sultan Qaboos Brought Light and Modernity to Oman

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?
Jan 10, 2020

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?

Will Iran and the US Go to War?

Will Iran and the US Go to War?

Jan 08, 2020

The assassination of the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, by the United States on January 3, along with his right-hand man in Iraq, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was a surprising move for many. Soleimani’s assassination increased pressure on President Donald Trump in...

Who Is Targeting Journalists and Activists in Iraq?

Who Is Targeting Journalists and Activists in Iraq?

Jan 07, 2020

On December 22, 2019, the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq announced the assassination of 26 activists who participated in anti-government demonstrations that began on October 1. Half of the assassinations took place in the capital, Baghdad, and the rest in the...

When Presence Becomes Absence in the Middle East

When Presence Becomes Absence in the Middle East

Jan 06, 2020

History is constructed out of symbolic moments. As the year 2020 and a new decade begin, US President Donald Trump has provided the iconic gesture destined to ensure that future memories of both the year and the decade will be focused on his towering personality. How Will Iran Respond to...

Writing the Next Chapters of Morocco and Algeria

Writing the Next Chapters of Morocco and Algeria

Dec 18, 2019

A recent article on the BBC using data from the Arab Barometer survey asked the question, “Could Morocco see the next uprising after Sudan and Algeria?” While it was selective in its choice of data points, for example, attitudes toward religion, the point of the article, which echoes...

The UK Election: What About Foreign Policy?

The UK Election: What About Foreign Policy?

Dec 09, 2019

In the frenzy and fury of yet another UK election that whirls and swirls around Brexit, our politicians are dancing in a conga line of counter-accusations, misinformation and outright lies. Savvy political pundits and sage pollsters assess and debate the direction of travel of the conga line. And...

What Are the Priorities of Morocco’s Youth?

What Are the Priorities of Morocco’s Youth?

Dec 04, 2019

According to the latest findings of the Arab Barometer, which surveyed approximately 2,400 Moroccans in face-to-face interviews in the fall of 2018, attitudes are largely split along generational lines. While the older generation (50+) still has confidence in the country’s institutions,...

Saudi Repression Strong as Ever But Aims Lower

Saudi Repression Strong as Ever But Aims Lower

Nov 26, 2019

Thanks to the gruesome murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, everyone who may have previously been indifferent to the brutally repressive nature of the Saudi regime should have no illusions about its absolute commitment to repression. Before the Khashoggi assassination, readers...

US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements Not Good for Peace

US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements Not Good for Peace

Nov 25, 2019

On November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US would no longer view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The decision breaks with a 1978 State Department finding that settlements were “inconsistent with international law.” The new policy is also...

As Iraq Burns, World Leaders Stay Silent

As Iraq Burns, World Leaders Stay Silent

Nov 20, 2019

The wave of unrest that has swept through Iraq has gone from protest to violence, creating tension in the region. The demonstrations, which were initially motivated by discontent over the country’s economic stagnation and rampant government corruption, quickly devolved into chaos....

Turkey’s Plan in Syria: Squash Dreams of Kurdish Autonomy

Turkey's Plan in Syria: Squash Dreams of Kurdish Autonomy

Nov 12, 2019

As the Arab Spring morphed into a bloody civil war in Syria in 2011, there was an opportunity for the country’s Kurdish movement to establish, develop and consolidate an autonomous administration. Kurds in Syria have been under long-time oppression by the government of both Hafez al-Assad and...

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