Lebanon’s Future as an Inclusive Democracy in Doubt

October 18, 2021

In Lebanon, October 17 marked the anniversary of the 2019 demonstrations against the government due to its mismanagement of the economy and widespread corruption. After two years, despite the fall of the government led by Prime Minister Hassan Diab, there has been no investigation into the charges...

The Wave of Femicides in Kuwait
October 18, 2021

The Wave of Femicides in Kuwait

Can Football Find a Way Out of a Moral Maze?
October 11, 2021

Can Football Find a Way Out of a Moral Maze?

It’s Not All Bad News for the Gulf
October 11, 2021

It’s Not All Bad News for the Gulf

How Theological Politics Affects Iraq

How Theological Politics Affects Iraq

October 07, 2021

Parliamentary elections in Iraq were originally scheduled for last spring, but the vote was postponed until October 10. This election is important for Iraqis in light of recent developments. For the past two years, Iraq has witnessed ongoing peaceful protests that have been countered with brutal...

Algeria to France: No Thanks for the Memories 

Algeria to France: No Thanks for the Memories 

October 06, 2021

In a discussion concerning a new law that restricts the attribution of French visas to North Africans, French President Emmanuel Macron accused Algeria’s leadership of the crime of using the history of French oppression during the colonial period as an excuse for fomenting what he deems an...

Middle East and North Africa Top Organized Crime Report

Middle East and North Africa Top Organized Crime Report

October 06, 2021

Organized crime is an ever-evolving, transnational threat that affects every country in the world and poses a global threat to peace and security. It transcends borders and undermines sustainable development, governance, economic stability and public health. Nations experiencing conflict and its...

Turkey Prepares to Ratify the Paris Agreement

Turkey Prepares to Ratify the Paris Agreement

October 04, 2021

Turkey went through a terrible summer from an ecological point of view. The country has been experiencing unprecedented wildfires caused by heatwaves and droughts that have devastated forests in the southwestern part of Anatolia, while floods have been hitting the north and east. The disasters...

The US Must Keep Tunisia’s Slide Toward Autocracy in Check

The US Must Keep Tunisia's Slide Toward Autocracy in Check

September 29, 2021

On September 22, Tunisian President Kais Saied extended the emergency measures introduced in July that saw parliament suspended and the prime minister fired, granting the president executive authority. The move presents a worrying possibility of growing repression both in Tunisia and across the...

It’s Time to Revise the American Concept of Time

It’s Time to Revise the American Concept of Time

September 28, 2021

In the spring of 2020, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden affirmed what his policy concerning the Iran nuclear deal would be if elected: “I would rejoin the agreement and use our renewed commitment to diplomacy to work with our allies to strengthen and extend it.” After eight months...

Lessons From 50 Years of Covering Foreign Policy

Lessons From 50 Years of Covering Foreign Policy

September 28, 2021

For over 50 years, I have been writing about foreign policy — mostly America’s but those of other nations as well. I think I have a pretty good grasp of places like Turkey, China, India, Russia and the European Union. I regret that I am less than sure-footed in Africa and Latin...

Young Yemenis Lead the Way for Peacebuilding

Young Yemenis Lead the Way for Peacebuilding

September 27, 2021

Yemeni youth are among those whose lives have been entirely consumed by the six-year-long civil war. This comes as no surprise as youth and children represent more than 60% of the population. However, against all odds, young people in Yemen are rising out of the ashes of the conflict and...

The Handcuffing of Joe Biden

The Handcuffing of Joe Biden

September 17, 2021

The far right would like to impeach Joe Biden, kick him out of the White House, perhaps even throw him in jail. “Lock him up” has been a predictable chant at Trump rallies going back to before the 2020 election. Even Republicans in Congress have joined this chorus. Bipartisanship? As...

The Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

September 16, 2021

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has waxed and waned for several decades. The roots of it stem far beyond the most recent clashes in May that once again brought death and disaster to the region. The question arises: How far back do we look for an explanation of the current violence? Do we start...

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