Saudi Arabia’s Wars on Three Fronts

Mar 30, 2020

The Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), finds himself in a difficult place, fighting three very different sorts of wars. The first — and the longest running — is the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen that on 25 March passed its fifth...

What the “Deal of the Century” Means for Israel and Palestine
Mar 26, 2020

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

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

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

Mar 11, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to impact markets and national and global economies, it is worthwhile noting that Gulf economies were already slowing before the virus hit the region. A comprehensive assessment by London-based Capital Economics, released on February 25 but based on statistics up to...

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...

The Paradoxical State of Turkish Politics

The Paradoxical State of Turkish Politics

Mar 03, 2020

Recent developments in Turkish politics have left many baffled. More and more Kurdish parents in southeast Turkey are now rising up against the secessionist the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its political wing, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), to reclaim their children the PKK...

Iran’s Voters Send a Clear Message to the Regime

Iran’s Voters Send a Clear Message to the Regime

Feb 24, 2020

Two important facts emerged from the Iran elections on 21 February. The first is that the country actually held elections — a rarity in that region. The second is that the outcome was almost wholly negative for the regime. The candidate list had been purged of anyone not loyal to...

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...

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)...

For Ali Khamenei, Trump Isn’t a Solitary Clown

For Ali Khamenei, Trump Isn’t a Solitary Clown

Jan 20, 2020

The hardest part of publishing articles in the news is drafting the story’s headline. Headlines serve two essential purposes: to give a general idea of the subject that the article exposes and to trigger the reader’s curiosity or interest. Because the headline must be pithy, the second...

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