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Maghreb countries must take this opportunity to unite

  • Representatives of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), Rabat, February 18, 2012. (Reuters) Aside from the ties of heritage, religion and language that group the Maghreb countries, another more important reality binds them: Insufficient growth to alleviate youth unemployment. The A...
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Short-term US policy imperatives risk ceding global leadership to Chinese long-termism

  • The bold, would-be hegemon that is China today is unrecognizable compared with the nation it was 40 years ago, when it was struggling with a very poor, stagnant, isolated economy. A transformation the World Bank has described as “the fastest expansion of an economy in history” is by no means ...
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Saharan rebels and Morocco’s stabilizing role in the region

  • Few words invoke such a sense of forsaken hopelessness as “Sahara.” The political status of the region known as the Western Sahara, which is at the center of the modern history of Northwest Africa, is the single most important political issue affecting the area. This month, in contravention of...
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The future of religious gatherings in the COVID-19 era

  • It remains to be seen how religious institutions will cope as the pandemic drags on. (Photo: Maydan Al-Quds) One of the more trying aspects of the global pandemic for people of faith has been the suspension of religious gatherings around the world. Given the potential for the vir...
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Caucasian tinderbox risks igniting new regional conflict

  • Under normal circumstances, 4,000 square km of picturesque mountain forest does not immediately lend itself to being the arena for a potentially destabilizing regional conflict. Nagorno-Karabakh, however, finds itself squeezed between the ambitions of Russia, Turkey and Iran. The one-time Azer...
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Peace may remain elusive despite Afghanistan talks

  • Abdul Ghani Baradar, leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Doha, Qatar, Feb. 29, 2020. (Reuters) As Afghan leaders this month descended on the plush confines of one of Doha’s leading hotels, many were surprised as long-term f...
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Troubled Lebanon prey to foreign actors once again

  • French President Emmanuel Macron talks to a resident as he visits a devastated street in Beirut, Lebanon, August 6, 2020. (Reuters) The explosion that tore apart the port of Beirut and its surrounding areas last month has not only left Lebanon’s capital crippled, but it has also ...
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Looking at US-Gulf ties beyond November

  • In the wake of the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden’s favorability rating rose to about 45 percent. The announcement of Kamala Harris as a running mate — plus the vocal approval of three previous presidents — gave a much-needed boost to his campaign. Though President Donald Trump does...
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Lebanese experts capable of leading nation’s reforms

  • For Lebanon — a country facing a perfect storm of hyperinflation, food shortages and an acute political crisis — the notion that circumstances could worsen seemed impossible to countenance. However, the Aug. 4 explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in Beirut port proved that things could i...
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Libyan crisis is an opportunity to stir the Arab Maghreb Union from its slumber

  • A soldier loyal to the GNA after taking control of Al-Watiya Air Base, southwest of Tripoli, Libya, on 18 May, 2020. (Reuters) On a crisp February evening in Marrakech in 1989, the impossible seemed to happen. Amid wrangling and rivalries, the leaders of five countries in northwe...
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