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Arab states can no longer be reconstructed according to past blueprints, even when powerful external actors attempt to restore them. عربي
Peaceful Salafi political parties are losing strength in Egypt and Tunisia while the popularity of Salafi-jihadi movements aiming to build an Islamic state by force is increasing. عربي
The refugee tragedy is a symptom of a wider political crisis. Finding adequate solutions for the refugees and internally displaced populations is primarily a political imperative, but it is also a development challenge that is essential for political stabilization, societal reconciliation, and peace building.
Algeria has assets that could enable it to become North Africa’s regional power but it must overcome its socioeconomic woes to realize its full potential.
Iraqi Kurdistan’s budding democracy faces tough challenges as the region remains politically divided and President Masoud Barzani continues to remain in power despite protests.
Given today’s oil prices and increasing competition from more accessible sources, large-scale extraction of oil and gas in the Arctic could be decades away.
For Tunisians, winning the Nobel Prize evoked a great sense of pride, but it also stirred up profound concerns about the fate of their budding political transition. عربي
The Arab World now stands at a crossroads where it could head toward a more pluralistic society or toward more extremism and violence.
The Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen has led to the rise of extremist groups which could threaten both regional and international security if ignored by world powers.
Egypt could be facing a dangerous Islamist insurgency unless the state formulates proper strategies to tackle the fragmented Islamist political scene. عربي
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