A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
A look ahead to 2019, focusing on the most significant and challenging issues facing the world, specifically the Middle East and North Africa region.
Stabilization programs in Syria long outlived their original political rationale, but bureaucratic factors, analytic biases, and an imperative to deliver services kept them going.
Sawsan Abou Zainedin discusses how Syria’s recent reconstruction legislation has served political priorities.
Airbnb says it will no longer list properties to rent in the occupied West Bank. Other companies will be watching to see what happens next.
Arab armed forces are recruiting more females, who nevertheless continue to face a glass ceiling.
Lebanon’s political deadlock is a sign that the Assad regime is trying to reassert its influence in the country.
Refugees in Lebanon are seeking asylum in Cyprus, and Nicosia is increasingly worried.
The Iraqi Islamic Party has demonstrated resilience over the last fifteen years, but unless it can increase its popularity, it is unlikely to regain a meaningful role in governing Iraq.
‘Adel ‘Abdul-Mahdi was a compromise candidate as prime minister, that’s his major problem.