While water and water scarcity are often seen as a source of potential conflict in the Middle East, policy measures can be taken that could turn tensions around water into opportunities for socio-economic development.
While almost every economy in the Middle East and North Africa region is projected to accelerate in 2011-2012, significant downside risks to this forecast remain.
As voters prepare to head to the polls for parliamentary elections on November 28, the Egyptian government has tightened restrictions on independent media and civil society and has already disqualified one-quarter of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidates.
With the peace process halted and little hope for reinitiating direct talks, Palestinians are discussing the possibility of formulating an alternative strategy for achieving statehood.
His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal discussed the current state of the Middle East peace process and the Saudi-U.S. relationship.
As Egypt moves toward parliamentary elections on November 28, political parties are debating whether to participate in the process or to boycott, while the ruling party struggles to manage competition within its own ranks and opposition groups face restrictions on their ability to campaign.
The United Nations Tribunal investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is expected to release its findings soon and might indict members of Hizbollah. This has raised tensions in Lebanon to the breaking point.
Morocco has made notable progress in fighting poverty over the last decade. However, its successes have not been enough to sustainably reduce national poverty levels.
In advance of President Obama's meetings with Egypt's Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah II and the Palestinian–Israeli direct talks, Carnegie experts previewed expectations for the talks and discussed Mubarak’s visit as the country approaches critical parliamentary elections this fall.
Morocco recorded an impressive decline in monetary poverty over the last decade, and compared to other Arab countries, Morocco's trends are remarkable and deserve a deeper investigation to draw policy lessons.