Saudi Arabia’s Wars on Three Fronts

Mar 30, 2020

The Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), finds himself in a difficult place, fighting three very different sorts of wars. The first — and the longest running — is the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen that on 25 March passed its fifth...

What the “Deal of the Century” Means for Israel and Palestine
Mar 26, 2020

What the “Deal of the Century” Means for Israel and Palestine

What the Idlib Crisis Means for Turkey and Russia
Mar 18, 2020

What the Idlib Crisis Means for Turkey and Russia

Business Is Brisk in MENA Arms Trade
Mar 16, 2020

Business Is Brisk in MENA Arms Trade

As Coronavirus Spreads, the Gulf’s Economic Prognosis Is Not Healthy

As Coronavirus Spreads, the Gulf’s Economic Prognosis Is Not Healthy

Mar 11, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to impact markets and national and global economies, it is worthwhile noting that Gulf economies were already slowing before the virus hit the region. A comprehensive assessment by London-based Capital Economics, released on February 25 but based on statistics up to...

Enforcing Allegiance in Saudi Arabia

Enforcing Allegiance in Saudi Arabia

Mar 11, 2020

On Friday, the media reported that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), had arrested two powerful members of the royal family, Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz, the sole remaining full brother of King Salman, and the former crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef. Al Jazeera describes the...

The Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe in Idlib

The Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe in Idlib

Mar 04, 2020

On February 28, Turkey opened its borders with the European Union in the wake of the death of 34 Turkish soldiers in Syria. In response, Greece and Bulgaria stepped their border protections, insisting that they would not admit any Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war. In the meantime, the EU...

The Paradoxical State of Turkish Politics

The Paradoxical State of Turkish Politics

Mar 03, 2020

Recent developments in Turkish politics have left many baffled. More and more Kurdish parents in southeast Turkey are now rising up against the secessionist the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its political wing, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), to reclaim their children the PKK...

Iran’s Voters Send a Clear Message to the Regime

Iran’s Voters Send a Clear Message to the Regime

Feb 24, 2020

Two important facts emerged from the Iran elections on 21 February. The first is that the country actually held elections — a rarity in that region. The second is that the outcome was almost wholly negative for the regime. The candidate list had been purged of anyone not loyal to...

Iran Faces Yet Another Undemocratic Election

Iran Faces Yet Another Undemocratic Election

Feb 20, 2020

On February 21, yet another nominal election will take place in Iran, coming on the heels of widespread protests in over 100 cities at the end of last year. It was the third time that the Iranian government faced protests in the last decade and the biggest since the Islamic Revolution of...

Turkey Joins the Scramble for the Middle East

Turkey Joins the Scramble for the Middle East

Feb 19, 2020

There was a time, not so long ago, when the idea of Turkish troops placing their boots on non-Turkish soil was almost unthinkable. Turkey might bomb Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in Iraq, Turkish aircraft might skirmish occasionally with Greek counterparts, but no one got their boots...

Morocco Pays a High Price for Tourism Gentrification

Morocco Pays a High Price for Tourism Gentrification

Feb 18, 2020

In today’s world, where refugee crises are exacerbated by xenophobic border policies, where the global north refuses to engage in burden sharing, where people’s freedom of movement is ruthlessly repudiated, the ability to travel is a particularly salient privilege. As Dallen Timothy and Victor...

Libya Is a Problem for All of Africa

Libya Is a Problem for All of Africa

Feb 14, 2020

As General Khalifa Haftar’s troops continue to battle the UN-recognized Government of National Accord for the control of Libya’s capital Tripoli in a “final push,” it is evident things might get worse than they already are for the country that has been engulfed in conflict since 2011....

The Importance of Good Governance

The Importance of Good Governance

Feb 12, 2020

To the extent that people know anything about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they reasonably assume that they have something to do with the economy (development), and with the environment (sustainability). They’re only partly right. The bigger challenge, especially for countries in...

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