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There is no clear end in sight to Libya’s deadlock

  • Just two weeks ago, the UN’s 10th special envoy in the past 11 years, Abdoulaye Bathily, acknowledged in a briefing to the Security Council an already well-known fact: There is no clear end in sight to Libya’s deadlock. It is an extremely frustrating, albeit inevitable assessment of the futili...
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Libya — a tale of two governments, again

  • A troubling sense of deja vu has settled over Libya in recent months, following the escalations that capped the failure last year to hold general elections and finally end a senseless struggle between rival governments with self-proclaimed mandates over post-Muammar Qaddafi life in the country....
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The prospects for elections in Libya remain slim to none

  • It has been more than a decade since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi’s regime, yet post-civil war Libya remains a foggy mess, shackled to woeful uncertainty as different factions remain at bitter odds with one another on how to move the country forward. Intractable squabbles, a self-serving politi...
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New winners in the war America lost

  • The end of an era looms in Afghanistan after 20 years of a costly and tumultuous war. What began as a counterterrorism campaign to degrade Al-Qaeda soon morphed into what should have been an enduring nation-building exercise. However, the numbers of dead, injured, and displaced will continue to...
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Biden aims for the impossible in Afghanistan

  • A cursory examination of the emerging US policy on Afghanistan would probably conclude that the strategy to end a two decade-old, mostly fruitless, military intervention is ill-conceived and mistimed. That view has substantial support even among the ranks of Washington's dovish cohort, whi...
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Why Iran can’t hide from talks for much longer

  • Rocket attacks by Iranian proxies targeting US military personnel in Iraq betray Tehran’s duplicity — claiming an openness to re-engagement on nuclear negotiations, while urging armed groups it backs to ratchet up US-Iran tensions in order to make a “deal” politically untenable for the White Ho...
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A clear best choice to lead world trade reform

  • Erudite debates, extensive interviews and the occasional whiff of controversy surround the selection process for the pivotal and crucial role of director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Some of the candidates are unknown outside top-level business, international organizations and...
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To beat the virus, work together … but will we ever learn?

  • As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to spread, many public health systems around the globe have come under severe pressure, exposing structural cracks that have been ignored for a long time. Public health in much of the Arab world is no exception. In countries across the region such as Lib...
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A launch failure and a sign of troubles to come

  • Last week, Iran’s rush to launch a satellite into orbit ultimately failed — the latest in a string of mishaps that have prevented the country from significantly upgrading its ballistic missile capabilities after at least three other attempts, or so Washington thinks.  The latest attempt ...
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Coronavirus: What the Middle East can do to stay safe

  • Few things are as haunting as tracking a viral outbreak through the cascade of headlines detailing worsening statistics, cities under lockdown, closed borders, canceled flights, evacuations and quarantines. More than 12,000 people have now been infected by the Wuhan coronavirus, mostly in China...
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