Development, dissent, and the future of the Arab world.
Tunisia an unprecedented opportunity for a democratic opening.
The recent election was about Tunisians wanting to distance themselves from the failures of established political figures and parties, and who they want to lead them into the future.
It is time to put the hands back on the wheel of diplomacy and steer toward an off-ramp with Iran before it is too late.
Facing a world in which the White House’s words have lost their weight, Americans will need to reckon with the consequences.
Far from being backed into a corner by Iran, Saudi Arabia has options. It may seem counter-intuitive, but Riyadh could reap rewards from a policy of smart restraint toward Iran.
The rules of the game between Iran and Saudi Arabia have changed, and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate was a gruesome twist.
The Saudis killed Khashoggi but President Trump acquiesced in the cover-up and worked hard to protect the U.S.-Saudi relationship and soften the crown prince’s pariah status.
Tunisia’s second presidential election was successfully held without any major disruptions, but an unconventional process and low voter turnout has left Tunisians with an unexpected choice.
Shortly after the People’s Republic of China was founded seventy years ago, China and Middle Eastern countries forged a bond over their mutual opposition to colonialism. Today, China is the region’s biggest foreign investor.
The international community has hitherto broadly considered the government in Cairo to be stable for the long term. These protests, however, confirm that there is dissent beneath the surface that is likely to deepen, not dissipate.
After Lebanon’s civil war ended in 1990, it began rapidly expanding the public debt. This debt has exacerbated widening socioeconomic inequalities, now threatening the country’s stability.
In the absence of well-organised political forces, it has been easy for the army to put itself in the driver’s seat.
The Islamist political party Ennahda has decided to focus on politics over preaching. This shift has forced it to rebuild its legitimacy on argument rather than religion.
In the aftermath of Syria's civil war, Bashar al-Assad's regime has deepened its neoliberal economic approach. This is heightening the inequality that led to war in the first place.
Tunisia’s first democratically elected president died on July 25. His death has squeezed even tighter what was already a narrow window for the election campaign, with far-reaching consequences.
The Promoting Security and Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act of 2019 amends ATCA by allowing the PA to accept security assistance without triggering jurisdiction for terrorism-related claims.
Algeria’s military will probably continue its direct and open involvement in politics, despite protests.
After 25 weeks of protests and a deep political impasse, it is now clear that the post-Bouteflika period is going to be bumpy. However, it is hard to forecast events in Algeria.
There are a number of questions that should be asked about what assumptions lie behind questions asked of visibly Muslim westerners–not only in public life, but more generally in society, too.