Should Hezbollah Be Disarmed?

Jul 09, 2020

Amid Lebanon’s ongoing anti-government protests, various demonstrators have held signs demanding “No weapons but legal weapons. 1559, make it happen.” This is a clear reference to Hezbollah, a hybrid organization, political party, social movement and a regional player with global...

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence
Jul 08, 2020

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Trump’s Ambiguous Battle Against Middle East Turmoil
Jul 03, 2020

Trump’s Ambiguous Battle Against Middle East Turmoil

What’s Annexed on Netanyahu’s July Agenda?
Jul 02, 2020

What’s Annexed on Netanyahu’s July Agenda?

A Letter From an Arab to Americans

A Letter From an Arab to Americans

Jun 29, 2020

Dear Americans, Allow me to welcome you in your steady evolution into our world. According to your leaders, Democrats and Republicans, you are either “lowlifes” or “deplorables.” There is bipartisan agreement on this. That’s a very good start.  Where I come from, the Arab...

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Faces Its Most Consequential Decision in Decades

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Faces Its Most Consequential Decision in Decades

Jun 25, 2020

Uncertainty hangs over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pending decision on whether to annex as much a 30% of the West Bank, including the possibility of all existing Israeli settlements there and the entire Jordan Valley. Should he proceed, the proposal will go before the Israeli...

The Sudan Conference Presents an Opportunity

The Sudan Conference Presents an Opportunity

Jun 24, 2020

A little more than a year has passed since the coup that toppled Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir. On June 25, the Sudan Partnership Conference — convened by Germany in concert with Sudan, the European Union and the United Nations — will coordinate action to overcome the country’s economic...

Deeper Fragmentation Looms for Libya

Deeper Fragmentation Looms for Libya

Jun 18, 2020

Sweeping military victories in recent weeks by forces aligned with the Government of National Accord (GNA) in northwestern Libya have effectively ushered in the end of the self-styled Libyan National Army’s (LNA) 14-month offensive to capture Tripoli. While fighting between the warring parties...

How Social Media Is Changing Our World

How Social Media Is Changing Our World

Jun 17, 2020

Social media platforms started out humbly, existing simply as a way to connect with old friends, share photographs and inform your social network of changes in your life. However, as social media continues to grow, the effect and influence it has on the world at large are undeniably far more...

COVID-19 Puts the Brakes on the “World’s Fastest City”

COVID-19 Puts the Brakes on the “World’s Fastest City”

Jun 15, 2020

Dubai — memorably called the world’s fastest city by author and analyst Jim Krane — was already traveling in the slow lane when COVID-19 arrived. The Gulf city-state is one of seven that make up the United Arab Emirates. It had survived the crash of 2009 and thrived anew on...

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Jun 10, 2020

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is grappling with COVID-19, an unresolved war in Yemen and collapsed oil prices. At the same time, recurrent purges of opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are harming the country’s foreign investment climate. Within this context, the ambitious Vision...

The Legal Routes for Resolving the Gulf Crisis

The Legal Routes for Resolving the Gulf Crisis

Jun 09, 2020

Since 2017, the blockade of Qatar has continued to have a profound impact on the country. Transportation routes have been disrupted, supply chains have been altered, and family and friends remain separated. In response, the Gulf state has deployed various legal mechanisms to resolve the ongoing...

Turkey Secures a Reprieve in Libya

Turkey Secures a Reprieve in Libya

Jun 09, 2020

The announcement on June 4 that forces of Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) had regained full control of the capital, Tripoli, could be viewed as an apparent victory for Turkish foreign policy in the eastern Mediterranean. Renegade General Khalifa Haftar is in retreat,...

What Is the Key to Tunisia Successfully Beating COVID-19?

What Is the Key to Tunisia Successfully Beating COVID-19?

Jun 08, 2020

Although other nations, such as New Zealand, have received kudos for their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, one country that has not received the praise it is due from the international media brigade is Tunisia. The small North African country with a fragile economy has achieved a...

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