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...

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
Jun 29, 2020

A Letter From an Arab to Americans

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...

There Is No Strain in US-Saudi Relations

There Is No Strain in US-Saudi Relations

Jun 17, 2020

The US decision to withdraw two of its four Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia, along with the 300 soldiers that operated them, has led to speculation about what lies behind the move. Some analysts have linked it to the kingdom’s oil policy, arguing that the decision is intended to...

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...

There’s No Good News for Refugees in Lebanon

There’s No Good News for Refugees in Lebanon

Jun 16, 2020

The Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon is just the latest in a sequence of disenfranchisements that have plagued the Middle East for generations. In 1948, just years after Lebanon was founded, the Palestinians were pushed out of their homeland by the Israelis and the Lebanese granted them refuge....

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,...

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