ALGERIA: THE TINDERBOX IN THE MAGHREB

“The status quo faces a combination of internal and external challenges that could plunge the country into disorder. The collapse in oil prices has ramped up pressure on the country’s economy, leading to rising unemployment. Frustration at corruption and an…

MODERNIZING ISLAM OR ISLAMIZING MODERNITY

“What Jesus Can Teach Today’s Muslims”   “What Factors Keep Islam from Modernizing?”   “Three Styles of Islam” “‘Islam Can’t Be Modernized,’ Says World’s ‘Greatest Arabic Poet’”

UNDOING THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: WHAT IS AT STAKE?

“Many of us had hoped that the agreement would noticeably improve Iran’s relations with its neighbors and the US, and that has not happened. The agreement created a diplomatic window to stabilize the region, but that opportunity was squandered.”

TRUMP’S MIDDLE EAST

“Middle East Derangement Syndrome: Egypt, Turkey and Israel Have all Fallen Prey to Delusions About Trump”   “Trump Presidency Is Already Altering Israeli-Palestinian Politics”   “Trump’s First Foreign Policy Win Could Be in Syria” “Scrap…

BEST OF 2016 / ARAB WORLD: NO ANSWERS WITHIN NOR OUTSIDE

“Arabs Are More Dangerous Today Than in 2011” “It is troubling that the driving forces of the 2011 uprisings and revolutions – state autocracy and popular discontent – remain as strong as ever in the…

TURKEY AND IRAN: FRIENDS OR FOES?

“Turkey and Iran’s Dangerous Collision Course” (Ali Vaez, The New York Times, 18 December 2016) "Their inability to accommodate each other has the potential to undermine or even undo the strong ties they have developed…

ARAB YOUTH: NOT WHAT YOU THINK

“Look Forward in Anger” (The Economist, 06 August 2016) " Arab countries are full of young people frustrated by a lack of jobs; questioning traditional authority; bittersweet about the West, its liberties and its power;…

MIDDLE EAST: A POLITICAL OR A RELIGIOUS CONFLICT?

“Sunni v Shia: Why the Conflict Is More Political than Religious” (Ian Black, The Guardian, 5 April 2015) “Arabs today are like brothers and enemies at the same time. Each subgroup brandishes its religious or…

MOSUL: WHAT COMES AFTER VICTORY?

“If the Mosul Offensive Is a Success, What Could this Mean for Isis?” (Jason Burke, The Guardian, 17 October 2016) “Mosul is of profound significance to both Kurds and Arabs, and to Sunni and Shia…