Rivers of Dust: The Future of Water and the Middle East

Aug 23, 2019

It is written that “Enannatum, ruler of Lagash,” slew “60 soldiers” from Umma. The battle between the two ancient city-states took place 4,500 years ago near where the great Tigris and Euphrates rivers come together in what is today Iraq. The matter in dispute? Water. More than four...

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria
Aug 22, 2019

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria

Fighting for Legitimacy: The Dueling Sovereignties in Southern Yemen
Aug 20, 2019

Fighting for Legitimacy: The Dueling Sovereignties in Southern Yemen

Climate Change Is Exacerbating Iraq’s Complicated Water Politics

Climate Change Is Exacerbating Iraq’s Complicated Water Politics

Saudi Arabia Eases Male Guardianship System

Saudi Arabia Eases Male Guardianship System

Aug 02, 2019

It comes as welcome news that authorities in Saudi Arabia have taken important steps toward dismantling the repressive male guardianship system, which treats women in the country as minors. Women will no longer require permission from a male guardian to travel abroad and can apply for a...

Israel Will Not Be Free Until Palestine Is Free

Israel Will Not Be Free Until Palestine Is Free

Aug 01, 2019

Dear Ambassador Friedman, We, both Israelis and Palestinians, are members of the editorial board of the Palestine-Israel Journal, a joint quarterly issued in East Jerusalem for the past three decades. Our aim is to promote dialogue based upon equality, mutual recognition and respect and...

King Mohammed VI Calls for National Development Strategy Restart in Morocco

King Mohammed VI Calls for National Development Strategy Restart in Morocco

Jul 31, 2019

On July 30, the 20th anniversary of his accession to the throne, King Mohammed VI honored his country’s past achievements and projected the need for Morocco to push forward its efforts. His message summarized his pride in having moved the country progressively while regretting that too much still...

Why Peacekeeping Fails

Why Peacekeeping Fails

Jul 30, 2019

The United Nations was not even three years old when it launched its first peacekeeping mission in 1948. For the last 70 years, it has been continuously involved in such operations, often with mixed results. Over this time, peacekeeping and the wars to which it has been applied have changed. The...

Iran’s Spy Scandal Exposes the Regime’s Insecurity

Iran's Spy Scandal Exposes the Regime's Insecurity

Jul 25, 2019

On Monday, July 22, Iranian media reported the arrest of 17 alleged CIA assets, captured around facilities associated with the country’s nuclear program. Some of these individuals, although unnamed, have already been sentenced to death. It is not clear whether this group is connected to an...

Morocco Is Not the Next Algeria or Sudan

Morocco Is Not the Next Algeria or Sudan

Jul 19, 2019

In an article published last month with the title, “Could Morocco see the next uprising, after Sudan and Algeria?” the BBC demonstrated a misunderstanding of Moroccan society by conflating civil unrest and public dissatisfaction over the kingdom’s leadership with the overall stability of the...

The Hidden Gems of Morocco

The Hidden Gems of Morocco

Jul 19, 2019

For many people, July 6 marked the passing of just another Saturday. But to over 1 billion people, it was of tremendous significance as it was the 25th UN International Day of Cooperatives. Over 12% of humanity contribute to one of the 3 million cooperatives on the planet. Cooperatives not only...

US Policies Have Been Destructive for the Two-State Solution

US Policies Have Been Destructive for the Two-State Solution

In the run-up to this year’s general election, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that he would annex large areas of the West Bank if he secured victory. The fulfillment of his promise — assuming Netanyahu wins the re-run scheduled for September after failing to form a...

Turkey’s New Role in the Middle East Divides the Arab World

Turkey’s New Role in the Middle East Divides the Arab World

Jul 12, 2019

When Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) ascended to power in 2002, Ankara’s foreign policy in the Middle East was extremely different from what it is today. From the founding of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 until the beginning of this century, the ideology and stances of Mustafa...

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold

Jun 24, 2019

The politics of Idlib are extremely complicated, particularly with respect to outside powers that have vested interests in the outcome of the fight for the province. The delicate balance of power in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib appears unsustainable and, to say the least, it is...

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