The Middle East Weighs Up the Taliban Triumph

September 06, 2021

Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia

May 20, 2021

Projections, no matter how well-grounded in analytics, are a messy business. Three years ago, COVID-19 was unheard of and then-US President Donald Trump’s politics caused uncertainty in international relations, with democracy in retreat across the world. Despite the best-informed...

The Role of Global Transformation

March 26, 2019

The challenges of sustainable economic growth and meaningful employment are common throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, at the recent opening of a workshop on the digital economy, pointed out that "digitization is one of the primary building blocks...

Russia and China’s Agendas in the Middle East Challenge Washington

March 19, 2019

As US foreign policy in the region shifts dramatically, Moscow and Beijing align on many MENA issues, in no small part due to shared concerns about Washington’s conduct in the region. While America’s 2020 presidential race is already in full swing, Washington continues to project a confusing...

The Invisible Women of the Middle East

December 03, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Sana Afouaiz, an award-winning women’s rights advocate. Invisible Women of the Middle East: True Stories is a 2018 book by Moroccan author Sana Afouaiz, exploring the deepest layers of women’s lives across the Middle East and North...

This Woman Takes on Sexism in the Arab World

February 02, 2017

One woman’s quest to change attitudes to sexual harassment and violence against women in the Arab world. Feminism has got its work cut out for it when it comes to Arab countries. Virginity tests are still used in Libya, Jordan and Egypt, where a member of parliament provoked an outcry in 2016...

Empowered Women Will Lead MENA to a Better Tomorrow

November 09, 2016

Women in the Middle East and North Africa are the fulcrum of change. Mariam finally settles herself down on the floor after distributing pink cups of Arabic coffee to her guests. With a pink floral scarf and soft hands, she is similar to many middle-aged women we have encountered in our walk...

Beyond Business Plans: Women Entrepreneurs in MENA

September 30, 2016

Greater support for female entrepreneurship will help the MENA region achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a region that is more often in the news for bombs and bullets than booming businesses, is experiencing a startup revolution. Nearly...

The Checklist for Entrepreneurs in MENA

September 03, 2016

In this vlog, Moroccan national Yassine Maghnouj, the marketing director of Evaptainers — a US-based startup that produces low-cost, electricity-free refrigerators — presents a quick checklist for entrepreneurs in the MENA region.

China is Diving into the Gulf, But For How Long?

August 15, 2016

It's getting harder for Beijing to sell the story of non-interference in affairs of sovereign states. Like most other major global powers that have preceded it, China is becoming entangled in the Middle East. A friendlier region to its interests than its own neighborhood in East Asia, China...

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