Israel, Palestine and the Greatest Deal Ever

December 20, 2017

In order to get the Israelis and the Saudis on the same page in a united front against the Iranians, the Palestine question needs to be resolved. For Donald Trump, it was a carefully constructed and nuanced announcement: “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the...

A Master Plan for the Middle East

November 14, 2017

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on course to putting the Iranian genie back in its bottle and asserting Saudi leadership of the Arab nations. The way to make god laugh is to tell him your plans. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) master plan to save Saudi Arabia and Jared Kushner’s...

The Arab Peace Initiative Gets Another Look

September 21, 2017

The resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states could literally reshape global international relations. In March, representatives of 21 Arab nations and Palestine met in Jordan for the 28th Summit of the Arab League. The agenda included the conflicts in Syria and...

Daring Saudi Women to Drive

August 09, 2017

While it is still illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, Manal al-Sharif’s bravery has not been in vain. Just two months after the United Nations elected Saudi Arabia into the newly established Commission on Women's Rights, the long awaited memoir, Daring to Drive, by Saudi-born Manal...

Iran and the Gulf: An Iron First or an Extended Hand?

July 21, 2017

Rouhani’s re-election is an opportunity for the Arab Gulf states to improve relations with Iran and promote greater regional stability. When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected in 2013, the first head of state to meet with him was from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Oman’s...

Saudi Housing Requirements for a Strong and Secure Future

July 06, 2017

The shortage of housing in Saudi Arabia is a social and security issue.  Vision 2030 calls for addressing housing issues, a primary requirement in today’s Saudi Arabia. Providing more Saudis with the security of owning a home is an aim of Vision 2030. Yet currently there are not enough...

MENA’s Fake Pharma Conundrum

June 21, 2017

The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 35% of the pharmaceutical market in the Middle East could be illicit. Not so long ago, Médecins Sans Frontières made a shocking discovery in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Hundreds of patients had unwittingly taken Haloperidol...

Climate Change in Egypt: Death on the Nile

June 07, 2017

Climate change is creating preconditions in Egypt that precipitated the Syrian Civil War. The Nile Delta, home to 40 million people and source of two-thirds of Egypt’s food production, is disappearing. This is a direct result of climate change and rising sea levels. The Delta, about the size...

Iraq’s Women: From Poster Children to Peacemakers

April 14, 2017

When it comes to peacebuilding, women are often relegated to more traditional gender roles while their untapped capacity to wage peace is left ignored. In discussions of conflict and its associated processes of resolution, women are often defined by their relationships to their male counterparts...

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...

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