Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

Apr 14, 2021

Sports governance worldwide has had its legs knocked out from under it. Yet national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. Tectonic plates underlying the guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a...

How the End of the Gulf Crisis Affects Sudan
Apr 09, 2021

How the End of the Gulf Crisis Affects Sudan

What Lies Behind Turkey’s Withdrawal From the Istanbul Convention?
Apr 06, 2021

What Lies Behind Turkey’s Withdrawal From the Istanbul Convention?

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal
Apr 01, 2021

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal

Mohammed bin Salman’s Neom: A Case of Giga-Narcissism

Mohammed bin Salman’s Neom: A Case of Giga-Narcissism

Mar 31, 2021

Despite rumors to the contrary due to the somewhat soiled reputation of a leader better known for, according to US intelligence, commanding the murder of a Washington Post journalist than his contribution to the future of humankind, Business Insider reassuringly reports that “work is pressing...

Turkey Doubles Down on Hard Power

Turkey Doubles Down on Hard Power

Mar 30, 2021

A few years ago, the very notion of Turkish foreign military interventions would have seemed extraordinary. The Turkish republic has been, for most of its history, determinedly introspective. Until the 20th century, it was largely disengaged from its immediate neighborhood, favoring ties with the...

Macron’s Campaign to Reveal France’s Historical Sins

Macron’s Campaign to Reveal France’s Historical Sins

Mar 29, 2021

One of the worst humanitarian disasters of the past 30 years took place in 1994 in Rwanda. Approximately 800,000 people died in a genocidal campaign led by the Hutu majority against the Tutsi minority. The rampage began after Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane was shot down. The Hutus...

The ICC Has Stepped on a Political Minefield in Palestine

The ICC Has Stepped on a Political Minefield in Palestine

Mar 24, 2021

The rapidly-evolving geopolitical equation in the Middle East just got another layer of complexity added to it. Earlier this month, Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced the launch of an investigation into alleged war crimes committed in the...

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

Mar 11, 2021

On December 10, 2020, then-US President Donald Trump recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, circumventing a decades-long UN-sponsored peace process for the territory. In return, Morocco agreed to normalize relations with Israel. The US-brokered agreement goes beyond a simple...

The Battle Lines of Yemen’s Endgame

The Battle Lines of Yemen’s Endgame

Mar 10, 2021

An endgame, traditionally, brings both bad and good news. An endgame is always tense because those involved know things are coming to a head. We can see this in the battle theaters in Yemen over the past weeks. What we don’t see is the reality of how those battles are actually progressing...

Lebanon Hits a New Milestone

Lebanon Hits a New Milestone

Mar 05, 2021

On March 2, the Lebanese lira (or pound) eroded even further into becoming a failed currency, if there is such a thing. From an official exchange rate of 3,900 pounds per US dollar for importers and manufacturers of essential food items, the “cost of scarce dollars hit 10,000 Lebanese pounds on...

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

Mar 04, 2021

Mohammed bin Salman is a charming fellow. The tall, dark and handsome Saudi prince known as MBS has seduced world leaders and eager pundits left and right. To his supporters, MBS became first in line to the Saudi throne by championing reform in a deeply conservative Gulf kingdom, taking on...

Pastoral Nomads in North Africa Consider In-Place Farming

Pastoral Nomads in North Africa Consider In-Place Farming

Mar 03, 2021

North African pastoralism, an agricultural method used for centuries by nomadic people in the steppe highlands, is on the decline. Facing limited grazing land due to overuse and drought, pastoral nomads are favoring more sedentary farming methods like growing fruit or nut trees and...

The COVID-19 Crisis Has Catalyzed Vision 2030

The COVID-19 Crisis Has Catalyzed Vision 2030

Mar 02, 2021

A look back at history shows that desperate times do indeed call for desperate measures. After all, it was not until Saudi officials watched in horror as oil prices plummeted by 70% that, in 2016, Vision 2030 was born. While other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members presented their own...

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