Middle East
Stretching from the Western Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, the Middle East continues to be a region struggling with violent conflict, political repression, and poor development. Numerous pro-democracy protest movements, a burgeoning youth population, and efforts to reform governments and lessen economic dependence on oil, however, are causes for optimism. The United States and the international community must remain engaged with the region to provide support for these positive moves and to address the many remaining challenges.
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Oct 25, 2021
Saudi Arabia’s economic transformation benefits the UAE too
By Omar Al-Ubaydli
While many commentators have been keen to interpret Saudi Arabia’s attempts to transform Riyadh into the Middle East’s economic capital as a threat to the economic interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a more nuanced analysis suggests something akin to a rising tide that will lift all boats.
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A return to a constitutional monarchy may solve Libya’s problems
By Mustafa El Sagezli
When it comes to choosing their next chapter, some Libyans have already identified a promising path forward: restoring the 1951 constitution, which called for a representative, technocratic government with a hereditary monarch.
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Jordan is pushing for rapprochement with Syria. But is it to reinforce artificial stability in the region?
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Oct 27, 2021
Iranians give ‘Squid Game’ the green light
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Oct 26, 2021
North Africa 2030: What the future holds for the region
By Frederick Kempe, Giampiero Massolo, Yahia Zoubir, Abdelkader Abderrahmane, Pietro Gagliardi, Guillaume Biganzoli, Aldo Liga, Nader Kabbani, Nejla Ben Mimoune, Hannah Abdullah, Karim Elgendy, Shlomo Roiter Jesner, Jay Mens, Armando Sanguini, Karim Mezran, and Alissa Pavia
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Oct 22, 2021
Quirk offers suggestions for addressing threats from fragile states in Biden’s 2022 National Security Strategy
By Atlantic Council
On October 17, the National Interest published an article by Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Patrick Quirk offering steps the Biden administration can take in its 2022 National Security Strategy to minimize threats posed by fragile states. In the piece, Quirk discusses these threats – from non-state armed groups that fuel instability to corruption that weakens fragile state […]
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Oct 22, 2021
The Hazara community in Afghanistan is stuck in the middle between Iran and the Taliban
By Saumaun Heiat
With the Taliban having come to their second iteration of power and the announcement of a newly-formed government in Afghanistan in recent weeks, several stakeholders will see a shift in their relationships, namely Iran and Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazara minority
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Oct 21, 2021
A return to a constitutional monarchy may solve Libya’s problems
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When it comes to choosing their next chapter, some Libyans have already identified a promising path forward: restoring the 1951 constitution, which called for a representative, technocratic government with a hereditary monarch.
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