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Libya — no new momentum in stalled aspirations

  • After a decade of do-nothing governments, parallel authorities, failed external interventions and sporadic armed convulsions, the recent appointment of the UN secretary-general’s eighth special representative for Libya is shaping up to be just another iteration of the destructive futility that ...
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Waning international cooperation in a changing world

  • World leaders will convene in New York, on Sept. 19, for the UN General Assembly’s annual high-level session at a time of enormous and unprecedented challenges for the global community, making this year’s gathering a highly anticipated affair. Following soon after will be the annual meetings of...
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Egypt, Jordan and Iraq — a promising alliance

  • There is no doubt about the innumerable benefits that could arise from the pursuit of greater cooperation and a deeper integration of societies across the Arab world. Multilateral regional cooperation can catalyze change, mitigate conflicts and relieve tensions by developing cooperative (not c...
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Iraq gets deeper and deeper into a political quagmire

  • Ten months ago, Iraq was on the verge of pulling off a remarkable, albeit improbable, feat after the conclusion of national parliamentary elections. Most Iraqis were skeptical of the tired promises, delivered with the usual populist grandeur typical of a country adrift in chaos and with an abse...
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International community needs to accept its share of responsibility in Libya

  • After years of pervasive instability, the world is quickly running out of adjectives to accurately describe the multifaceted and multidimensional crises in Libya spawned during the chaotic decade following the collapse of Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-year regime in 2011. There is no mystery surroundin...
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Last hope for Tunisia

  • Next week, Tunisians face a difficult yet familiar decision. After more than a decade, unmet aspirations will likely be usurped by a return to Ben Ali-esque centralization of power in a revised presidential system envisioned in the draft of a new constitution. Or, sensing the urgency of the mom...
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Libya’s desperate lunge for change continues

  • Last week, enraged Libyans took to the streets in cities across the country in the most raucous demonstration of public anger since the fall of the Muammar Qaddafi regime more than a decade ago. In the eastern city of Tobruk, where the North African country’s rogue parliament is located, prote...
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A cancer at the heart of Libya’s re-emergence

  • After roughly four months of high-level discussions between Libya’s two parliamentary chambers, the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, to determine a constitutional framework for a second attempt at national elections, the Libya file is yet again marked with another failure...
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Arab Maghreb Union needs a whole new foundation

  • This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the establishment of the Arab Maghreb Union. At one time, the union was an ambitious undertaking, curiously timed and influenced by the changing tides of peak globalization giving way to rapid regionalization, amid a rising tide of knee-jerk protectionism...
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A difficult decade ahead for the UN

  • For nearly eight decades, the UN has continued to play a pivotal role in nurturing global cooperation, institutionalizing international norms and propping up a fairly rule-based order. However, the next decade — rife with crises and their confluences — promises to be the organization’s greatest...
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