Extreme inequality underlies recent protests throughout the Middle East. Without drastic structural reforms, a larger storm is brewing in the region.
The party’s rejection of an IMF bailout may ultimately mean the end of Hassan Diab’s government, and of Lebanon itself.
Baghdad’s motorized rickshaws are a symbol of the larger crisis Iraq faces as it fails to give its youths a viable future.
Lebanon is struggling against simultaneous shocks, and the country is in urgent need of a new social contract.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
While appearing to do nothing, policymakers are in fact tacitly responding to the crisis.
Algeria’s new president has been going overboard to win the approval of a population that doesn’t want him.
We believe Lebanon’s public debt is unsustainable. We strongly recommend that the Lebanese government commences with a comprehensive restructuring effort to bring down the debt burden to a level the country can afford.
An independent group of development specialists, economists and finance experts met in Beirut late-December to discuss the ongoing economic crisis and the path forward. This note summarizes the deliberations and puts forth a ten-point action plan meant to arrest the crisis and place the country on a path of sustained recovery.
The confrontation and bargaining between the street and the oligarchy will continue, and its outcome will depend on which of the two proves more resilient and adaptive