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Above the State: The General’s Republic in Algeria
DALIA GHANEMMAY 10, 2021TEXAS NATIONAL SECURITY REVIEW
The lack of trust between citizens and their civilian institutions has led to a total inability of political institutions to respond to peoples’ demands.
Article
Approaching Peace: Centering Rights in Israel-Palestine Conflict Resolution
ZAHA HASSAN, YOUSEF MUNAYYER
APRIL 29, 2021عربي
Centering rights and human security will not only help create the conditions needed to achieve a durable political solution but also promote U.S. interests abroad.
Op-Ed
Biden in Yemen: When “End the War” Brings More Wars
AHMED NAGIBADER AL-SAIF
APRIL 26, 2021

The decisions taken by the Biden administration to end the war in Yemen have ironically yielded the opposite effect: an unprecedented military escalation, more victims, and a worsening humanitarian crisis.
Article
Sudan’s Military Companies Go Civilian: How the Recent Divestment Agreement Can Succeed
YEZID SAYIGHAPRIL 23, 2021عربي
An agreement transferring the Sudanese military’s commercial enterprises to civilian control is a remarkable step toward democratic consolidation, but could stumble on key policy prerequisites.
Paper
Breaking the Israel-Palestine Status Quo
ZAHA HASSAN, DANIEL LEVY, HALLAAMAL KEIRMARWAN MUASHER
APRIL 19, 2021عربي
A new U.S. approach should prioritize protecting the rights and human security of Palestinians and Israelis over maintaining a peace process and attempting short-term fixes.
Commentary
The Inescapable Two-State Imperative
JAKE WALLESAPRIL 19, 2021
External pressure has never been effective in forcing the parties to abandon their core principles. Only a negotiated two-state solution has the potential to satisfy both sides.
Commentary
Why a Rights-Based Approach Won’t Work
AARON DAVID MILLERAPRIL 19, 2021
The United States can play an important mediating role in conflicts, but it's only truly effective when the parties own their negotiations and engage with one another based on their own interests and motives.
Commentary
Back to Peacemaking: Lessons for the United States
SCOTT LASENSKYAPRIL 19, 2021
A rights-based approach to Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking must be balanced with the national interests of the United States, as well as those of the parties themselves.
Article
Thwarting Jordan’s Bahhara Trade With Syria Risks Social Unrest in Ramtha
ARMENAK TOKMAJYANAPRIL 19, 2021
As border crossings reopen, Jordanian authorities might have to tolerate a degree of informal petty trade with Syria to revive Ramtha's economy and prevent social unrest.
Paper
Along the Kuwaiti-Saudi Border, Stability Is Built on Flexibility
BADER AL-SAIFMARCH 31, 2021
Over time, the Kuwait-Saudi border has developed a unique, flexible approach of firm physical boundaries but open economic boundaries. This approach allows both countries to resolve border disputes, such as an oil-related dispute from 2009 to 2019, but more investment could further strengthen Kuwait-Saudi ties.
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The Making of the Kurdish Frontier: Power, Conflict, and Governance in the Iraqi-Syrian Borderlands
HARITH HASANKHEDER KHADDOUR
MARCH 30, 2021
The Iraqi-Syrian border continues to be geopolitically restless. Kurdish parties have taken advantage of central government weaknesses to increase their autonomy in these areas.
Article
Algeria’s Achilles’ Heel? Resource Regionalism in Ouargla
DALIA GHANEMMARCH 24, 2021عربي
Ouargla Province, in central Algeria, is a resource-rich but infrastructure-poor province. As protests there ramp up, Algiers may find itself squeezed on solutions.
Article
Think Big: Why Broadening Negotiations Could Help Resolve the Kuwaiti-Iraqi Maritime Dispute
BADER AL-SAIFMARCH 19, 2021عربي
Kuwait and Iraq have worked hard to rebuild bilateral ties. Resolving their maritime dispute as part of larger discussions could provide a model of diplomacy.
Politics of Military Authoritarianism in North Africa
YEZID SAYIGH, WITH NATHAN TORONTO
MARCH 17, 2021عربي
Authoritarian military politics in North Africa will be shaped by relations between the military and the head of state, dynamics within the coercive sector, marginalization of the private sector, and the ability of state actors to leverage foreign support.
Prospects for Reform in the Arab Region in Post COVID-19 Realities
JOOST HILTERMANN, STEPHAN ROLL, YARA HAWARI, KARIM NAMMOUR, LOUISA DRIS AIT HAMADOUCHE, NACER DJABI, ALBAQIR AL-AFIF MUKHTAR, AKRAM AL-BUNNI, NADEGE LAHMAR, AHMED NAGI
MARCH 12, 2021CAIRO INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS STUDIESعربي
Challenges to governance across the Arab region are likely to exacerbate in light of the strain produced by the COVID-19 crisis.
Article
Slightly Dialing Back the Cynicism About Palestine’s Upcoming Elections
NATHAN J. BROWNZAHA HASSANMARCH 04, 2021
Holding elections wouldn't solve all the problems Palestinians face, but they could lead to a semblance of unity, or at least modest signs of renewal and better coordination
Commentary
What’s Missing in the Recalibration of the U.S.-Saudi Relationship? People.
YASMINE FAROUK, ANDREW LEBER
MARCH 04, 2021عربي
The Saudi and U.S. government relationship is in crisis. Is the Biden administration doing enough to heal it?
Q&A
What Does Biden’s Yemen Policy Mean for Saudi Arabia?
AHMED NAGIFEBRUARY 12, 2021عربي
U.S. President Joe Biden seeks to end the six-year war in Yemen by dialing down military interventions and returning to diplomacy. Strange as it may seem, the Saudis’ current strategy is not that different.
Article
The Dam That Broke Open an Ethiopia-Egypt Dispute
SHERIF MOHYELDEEN​FEBRUARY 12, 2021عربي
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.
Article
Unfinished Business in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict
THOMAS DE WAALFEBRUARY 11, 2021
The November 2020 ceasefire agreement halted the war over Nagorny Karabakh, but a sustainable peace agreement remains far from reach. By providing economic support and fostering dialogue and reconciliation, international actors can play a role in this long-term project.
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