In an interview, Hamza Meddeb discusses the 2020 protests in the impoverished Tunisian region of Tataouine.
Despite statements to the contrary, Lebanon’s political class seems unenthusiastic about forming a government today.
A recent survey of experts on the region indicates a shift in views that Arab decisionmakers cannot ignore.
When Naim Attallah died recently, few remembered the role he played in one of the Middle East’s worst financial scandals.
The 2019-2020 crises not only swept away the idea that Lebanon is a paragon of economic success, but also made blatant another kind of exceptionalism in the country—its record-high income and wealth inequality, which is perpetuated by the corrupt political economy.
As Egypt and Ethiopia negotiate the details of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, tensions are on the rise. Sudan, which has vested interest in the dam, too, could be an essential third party to smooth over the disputes.
As conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Iraq move toward de-escalation, postwar reconstruction will be complicated. Each country has a unique postwar outlook, but in all four countries, political reconstruction is a key foundation for long-term economic stability.
In an interview, Salim Adib discusses Lebanon’s management of Covid-19, and expresses some hope for the future.
In an interview, David Linfield argues that international donors are benefiting existing power structures in the Middle East.
To survive its ongoing financial crisis, Lebanon needs a new economic system that addresses massive income inequality. Paired with political and institutional reform, tax reform can help.