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
Mar 04, 2021

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

Pastoral Nomads in North Africa Consider In-Place Farming
Mar 03, 2021

Pastoral Nomads in North Africa Consider In-Place Farming

The COVID-19 Crisis Has Catalyzed Vision 2030
Mar 02, 2021

The COVID-19 Crisis Has Catalyzed Vision 2030

Serious Politics Is Not About Recalibration

Serious Politics Is Not About Recalibration

Mar 01, 2021

Donald Trump’s brand of hyperreality over the past four years relied heavily on melodramatic plotting to keep the audience invested in the performance. To reestablish the more sober style of hyperreality the Democratic Party as an ideological force has come to represent, US President Joe Biden...

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Feb 26, 2021

When the Ottoman Empire was dismantled in 1922, it created a vacuum which a series of powers have attempted to fill ever since. None has succeeded, and the result has been a century of wars, coups and instability. Iran ruled all these lands before the Arab and Ottoman conquests. It could do so...

The Magnanimous Gesture of Mohammed bin Salman

The Magnanimous Gesture of Mohammed bin Salman

Feb 15, 2021

Donald Trump famously cultivated a personal friendship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). To critics of the evil prince, Trump claimed that his loyalty was justified by the hundreds of billions of dollars of arms sales their friendship generated. The fact that those weapons served...

Working Together Toward Peace in Yemen

Working Together Toward Peace in Yemen

Feb 11, 2021

Nothing in recent memory could have possibly done more damage to America’s relations with the Yemeni people and to its image in the region than Washington’s support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The conflict produced the worst manmade catastrophe — one that never had to...

Russia Joins the Red Sea Scramble

Russia Joins the Red Sea Scramble

Feb 09, 2021

Russia has come back to the crowded Red Sea. On November 11, 2020, the Russian government announced its agreement with Sudan to establish a naval base at the city of Port Sudan. While the Russian navy already enjoys access rights to the port, the concession with Khartoum envisages the creation of...

Tunisia: The Pending Goals of the Revolution

Tunisia: The Pending Goals of the Revolution

Feb 04, 2021

A decade after the Arab Spring, Tunisians have made significant progress in the field of democratization with respect to the constitution and the guarantee of public and private freedoms. However, economic performance remains modest, and many of the demands of the Tunisian Revolution are still...

The New Generation of Arab Photographers

The New Generation of Arab Photographers

Feb 03, 2021

Discerning eyes have known for quite a while that the Arab world is more than it appears in conventional photography. The old visual language of minarets and souks, of unassuming eyes set deep in dark faces, of conceptual or actual “unveilings” and of non-consensual or ambivalent colonial...

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia

Feb 01, 2021

When it comes to the already abysmal Turkish-American relations, Joe Biden’s presidency is being viewed as an ominous train wreck waiting to happen. The president-elect has previously signaled that his administration would “tame” Turkey for policies Ankara has pursued...

JCPOA 2.0: A Pinch of Hope and a Dose of Reality

JCPOA 2.0: A Pinch of Hope and a Dose of Reality

Jan 28, 2021

On January 18, in an interview with Bloomberg, Qatari Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, speaking in the wake of the settlement of the Gulf feud, took the opportunity to argue that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should sit down with Tehran. “The...

The World Must Not Forget Yemen

The World Must Not Forget Yemen

Jan 21, 2021

In 2020, 24.3 million people, or 80% of the population in Yemen, were at risk of hunger and disease, with 14.4 million in acute need of assistance. A political solution is necessary to end the war and achieve lasting peace. This may take time. The international community must provide the...

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