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Busy and momentous year ahead for the Middle East and North Africa

  • As we close out one year and look ahead to the next, a whirlwind of convulsions threatens to push the Middle East and North Africa region over the edge. For the optimists, this year’s series of seemingly bizarre developments are only part of a broader, profound transformation and overdue socio...
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Why the Arab world needs a new economic bloc

  • A new reality has emerged on the world stage, and at the heart of it is Donald Trump’s leadership of the world’s largest economy and most powerful military. Before Trump’s ascent, most of the world had settled into a peculiar cycle every four to eight years, depending on which Republican or D...
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Why big cities are the future of the Arab world

  • A century ago, only 10 percent of us lived in cities. According to the UN, 55 percent of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, a figure projected to increase to 68 percent by 2050. What does that mean for cities in the Arab world, and political and economic life in the future? In th...
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Why the Arab world must prepare now for recession

  • Talk of the “next recession” is often dismissed as alarmist fear-mongering. The wounds of the 2008 financial crisis and the resulting downturn are still fresh despite positive results from a synchronized global recovery effort. In these politically charged times, economic pessimism is considere...
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Challenges 2019 will bring for the Arab world

  • Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans as they march along the street during anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan December 25, 2018. (Reuters) It has only been a few days since the New Year fireworks lit up the skies of many of the world’s cities. For a brief moment, it was possibl...
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There are no easy options for anyone in northern Syria

  • In this file photo, Turkish military vehicles ride at the Bab El-Salam border crossing between the Syrian town of Azaz and the Turkish town of Kilis, in Syria.  (Reuters) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement of increased Turkish military intervention in Syria ...
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What are the consequences of a no-deal Brexit?

  • A little more than a month is left until March 29, the day the UK is set to leave the EU after spending nearly half a century as a member. The bloc emerged out of the ashes of World War II, which brought the continent to its knees. The pursuit of deeper economic integration, and the need to ...
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The lessons to take from the Christchurch mosque terrorist atrocity

  • People march in central London take part in the Women's March as part of an international day of solidarity. (Shutterstock image) While Brenton Tarrant may have acted alone in carrying out his vile attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, he is certainly not alone in the wider s...
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Daesh is defeated but its specter haunts us still

  • Men suspected of being Daesh wait to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving the group's last holdout of Baghouz, in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 27, 2019. (AFP) On March 23, just two weeks ago, one of the most gripp...
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Risks of foreign policy by tariffs and sanctions

  • Financial and economic sanctions have become an important strategic tool for Washington to attain its foreign policy goals without engaging in destructive wars and courting messy outcomes. The Trump administration is leaning heavily on sanctions to induce regime change in Venezuela and Iran, wh...
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