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

Mar 26, 2020

On January 28, US President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he hailed as the “deal of the century.” This is the latest attempt by the US to mediate between the Israelis and Palestinians and end the seven-decade-old...

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
Mar 11, 2020

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

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...

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...

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...

Kushner Alone Knows What’s Best for the Middle East

Kushner Alone Knows What’s Best for the Middle East

Feb 10, 2020

As the entire world knows, Jared Kushner has been working very hard over the past two and a half years at crafting a deal with so much cash in it ($50 billion) that no reasonable Palestinian could refuse. To his deepest consternation, when he finally revealed its contents to the public at...

Fair Observer Debates the Trump-Kushner “Deal of the Century”

Fair Observer Debates the Trump-Kushner “Deal of the Century”

Feb 03, 2020

On January 31, Gary Grappo, a former diplomat and Fair Observer’s chairman of the Board, grudgingly came to the defense of the Trump administration’s “deal of the century” that many feel has abusively been referred to as a “peace plan.” Grappo begins by admitting that it is...

With Trump’s Peace Plan on the Table, Palestinians Face an Existential Decision

With Trump’s Peace Plan on the Table, Palestinians Face an Existential Decision

Jan 31, 2020

Following President Donald Trump’s long-awaited unveiling of his “deal of the century” Middle East peace plan on January 28, the Palestinians now confront an existential moment: find a way to make it work or begin wrestling with how to accommodate a single state. The optics of Trump’s...

Trump’s Farcical “Vision for Peace” in the Middle East

Trump’s Farcical “Vision for Peace” in the Middle East

Jan 29, 2020

The long-awaited “deal of the century” crafted by Jared Kushner and presented by his father-in-law, US President Donald Trump, finally saw the light of day on January 28. Playing the role of the most brazenly dishonest of “honest brokers,” Trump, accompanied by legally (and morally)...

Why Is a US Company Helping Saudi Arabia Solve Its Housing Crisis?

Why Is a US Company Helping Saudi Arabia Solve Its Housing Crisis?

Jan 28, 2020

While Saudi Arabia powers forward on mega projects favored by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the push to build more than 1 million affordable homes for the kingdom has had its struggles. The housing minister, Majid al-Hogail, outlined some of the difficulties in an interview in...

In Bahrain, Justice Is Still a Far-Off Goal

In Bahrain, Justice Is Still a Far-Off Goal

Jan 15, 2020

On January 8, Bahrain’s high criminal court of appeal upheld the death sentences of Mohammed Ramadan and Hussain Ali Moosa. The two were convicted in December 2014 in the killing of a police officer using confessions secured under torture. The UK Minister of State for the Middle East Andrew...

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