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...

Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It’s Too Late
Feb 25, 2021

Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It's Too Late

The Magnanimous Gesture of Mohammed bin Salman
Feb 15, 2021

The Magnanimous Gesture of Mohammed bin Salman

Working Together Toward Peace in Yemen
Feb 11, 2021

Working Together Toward Peace in Yemen

The Iran Deal vs. the Logic of History

The Iran Deal vs. the Logic of History

Feb 10, 2021

The Associated Press offers an update on the standoff between the US and Iran over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran deal, from which Donald Trump as president spectacularly withdrew the US in 2018. Trump committed an act of pure will, with no serious legal...

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...

Is There New Hope for Human Rights in Bahrain?

Is There New Hope for Human Rights in Bahrain?

Feb 09, 2021

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a Bahraini human rights activist, was arrested on the night of April 9, 2011. During the arrest at his family home in Bahrain, he was brutally assaulted and his jaw broken in four places. On June 22, barely two months after his arrest, he was sentenced to life in prison after...

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...

Is GCC-Qatar Rapprochement Good or Bad News for Turkey?

Is GCC-Qatar Rapprochement Good or Bad News for Turkey?

Jan 18, 2021

Turkey deepened its cooperation with Qatar during the blockade imposed by the Arab quartet in 2017, when the tiny emirate was most vulnerable and highly reliant on outside assistance for food supplies and security against perceived threats from its neighbors as well as the threat of an internal...

Navigating the Minefield of Arab Politics

Navigating the Minefield of Arab Politics

Jan 14, 2021

In November 2020, the Saudi Association of Senior Scholars, a government-directed mouthpiece on religious affairs, issued a fatwa (religious edict) declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In the fatwa, the scholars stated, among other reasons, that the Brotherhood seeks to...

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