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Can we finally agree that UN’s Libya mission is not working?

  • Nearly a decade and a half after a supposed “awakening,” Libya is still paralyzed by division, conflict and the pursuit of narrow self-interests by a range of actors disguised as well-intentioned support. Today, the North African country remains suffocated by quarrelsome rival administrations...
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The urgent need for water diplomacy amid a decline in global water security

  • March 22 was World Water Day. The theme this year was “Water for Peace,” emphasizing the critically important role of water diplomacy in efforts to foster cooperation and avert conflicts related to the intensifying hydro-politics of our planet. The dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over the G...
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Climate change: Time for Middle East to seize the day

  • As the clock ticks toward a climate tipping point, the Arab world finds itself at a crossroads. Climate change, once a distant, nebulous threat, has now emerged at the forefront of regional concerns, casting a long shadow on the future of its economies, societies and geopolitical stability. The...
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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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Arab women must be given a voice

  • March is the month of the woman, when we ought to, among other things, celebrate the great strides made in elevating and empowering this historically marginalized demographic. Across the Arab world, however, the status of women and girls is still worrisome. The exclusion or sidelining of women...
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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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