Great Power Competition in the Middle East

September 07, 2021

The ascendancy of China and Russia in the 21st century has had major implications for the Middle East and North Africa's geopolitical order. Jon Hoffman, a PhD student at George Mason University, discusses how countries in the region are responding to the return of greater power competition.

How Will Brexit Affect the Middle East and North Africa?

May 21, 2019

Nearly three years since the referendum, discussions over a Brexit deal are in a state of limbo. After British MPs rejected the withdrawal agreement three times, the European Union reluctantly backed a six-month extension to October 31. In the meantime, there is speculation about a post-Brexit...

Can Promoting Arab Women as Entrepreneurs Make a Difference?

October 30, 2018

Providing better opportunities for Arab women to succeed as entrepreneurs will benefit the Middle East and North Africa. The economic and business roles of Arab women have been discussed for more than two decades, and initiatives have been launched on the consensus that their participation is...

Virtual Exchange Brings Students and Refugees Closer

September 27, 2018

Can a virtual exchange program bridge the gap developing between the two sides of the Mediterranean? Since 1987, when the Erasmus project started, 9 million people have taken part in it, according to data collected by the European Commission. It might be considered as the most successful...

The Startup Scene Thrives in Tunisia

The World This Week: Macron Ignites Debate on French Colonization of Algeria

February 19, 2017

Empires leave behind a poisoned chalice not only for the subjects, but also for the rulers as the brouhaha over the French colonization of Algeria demonstrates. Even by the standards of 2017, this has been an eventful week. US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned because it turns...

Budget Cuts Threaten to Destabilize Algeria

January 26, 2017

In Algeria, falling energy revenue without a viable replacement risks riots in 2017. Violent riots erupted in the northern Algerian city of Bejaia on January 2, following the introduction of the national budget set by the 2017 Finance Law on the first day of the new year. The events started with...

Subversive Women in Colonial North Africa

January 02, 2017

Colonial encroachment in North Africa created new opportunities for women to travel and challenge social norms. During my travels in Morocco, I discovered Emily Keene’s memoir, My Life Story. In the 1870s, Keene traveled to Tangier as a governess for an English family. Soon after, she married...