As Lebanon’s debt grows and the traditional pillars of its economy stagnate, a drop in remittances from the Gulf may push the country into bankruptcy.
In Jordan, internationally backed efforts to extend successful community policing programs beyond refugee camps face multiple challenges.
Seeking to expand its influence in the Red Sea, Russia is hoping that mediating internal disputes in Yemen will help make the region more secure.
The Egyptian state’s seizure of Muslim Brotherhood funds undermines the rule of law and may further discourage organizations and businessmen from criticizing the regime.
Many Jordanians are unwilling to give the new Razzaz government a chance on its reintroduced tax bill unless accompanied by other reforms.
Building more community networks to combat violent extremism may help Tunisian authorities develop a holistic, long-term strategy to rehabilitate returning fighters.
The Saudi-led coalition’s focus on driving out the Houthis has given Al-Qaeda more room to regroup in Yemen.
Qatar’s pledge of aid to Turkey has deepened the two countries’ alliance, even as Turkish officials worry Doha will not deliver.
Tunisia’s parliamentary committees overseeing security and defense are not tackling urgently needed reforms to the sector, largely due to members’ lack of expertise.
The blockade against Qatar has had a disproportionate economic impact on foreign workers, though increased self-sustainability efforts may provide new employment opportunities.
The Assad regime’s recent victories in southwestern Syria provide Jordan an opportunity to open the border and pursue reconstruction that could encourage refugees to return.
Saudi Arabia’s spat with Canada aims to rally nationalist sentiment among citizens, but has made regional allies and international investors more anxious.
Rather than making North Africa safer, securitizing borders has raised the risk of instability along the region’s frontiers, where communities depend on smuggling.
A new law to develop Upper Egypt indicates the regime is abandoning its constitutional obligation to return Nubians to their former lands around the Aswan High Dam.
In Idlib, Turkey could deter Russian airstrikes and ensure the region remains out of the Syrian regime’s control by going after extremist groups.
Russia has successfully used local ceasefires and international negotiations to cut off rebel strongholds and co-opt regional powers to support its offensives.
The overlapping jurisdictions of Saudi Arabia’s governing bodies and the state’s hyper-centralized nature doom such initiatives as Vision 2030.
A new law regarding the Egyptian military gives the president greater ability to shield select senior officers from prosecution and strengthens his control over the military.
The UAE’s growing investment in Yemen’s energy and security infrastructure is increasingly the driving force behind its counterterrorism involvement.
Gulf economic aid has averted Jordan’s debt crisis for now, but further support may require concessions regarding the kingdom’s previously independent foreign policy.