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Arab League left irrelevant as members prioritize national interests

  • Not since the Arab League’s 23rd summit, held in Baghdad in March 2012, has one of its gatherings garnered as much controversy as the 2022 summit slated to take place in March in Algeria. Back in 2012, the Arab world had gone through seismic changes, with the reverberations of the so-called Ara...
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Settler terror against Palestinians a ticking bomb

  • They have been called “subhuman” and “terrorists,” and their actions described as being similar to those of “terror organizations.” Those being called out are the radical Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank and the labels were slapped on them not by Palestinians, but by key Israeli figure...
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Time to end Hezbollah’s hold over Lebanon

  • For decades, the sectarian power-sharing understanding between Lebanon’s warlords, who became the faces of its ruling political elite, was a marriage of convenience that allowed each to claim a slice of the country’s lucrative economic cake. That understanding, the Taif Agreement, provided a pe...
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Iraqi government formation a marathon not a sprint

  • Three months after Iraq’s legislative elections, the country’s fifth parliament held its first session on Sunday amid heightened tensions, especially among the various Shiite blocs and parties. The session saw fist fights and interruptions as two opposing Shiite groups — the so-called Coordinat...
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Three regional crises that could be resolved this year

  • At the onset of 2022, the Middle East ranks first in terms of a chain of convoluted conflicts. Some have been gridlocked for years. But pundits cannot escape making some informed predictions about what the year holds for these conflicts. And, yes, there is a sense of optimism regarding some of ...
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Glimmer of hope as nuclear talks reach 11th hour

  • As talks aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal resume in Vienna, there is a growing feeling that the negotiations may be reaching the 11th hour, signaling either light at the end of the tunnel or an eventual collapse. Nevertheless, there is a chance that the two sides are closer than ever t...
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No end in sight to the Libyan quagmire

  • A decade after the collapse of the long reign of Libya’s strongman Muammar Qaddafi, the divided oil-rich country finds itself at yet another critical milestone — the Dec. 24 presidential election. Like almost everything in Libya, deep political fissures make this important step a dangerous on...
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Jordan’s constitutional quid pro quo

  • Jordan’s lawmakers have begun their initial debate of constitutional amendments sent by the government, along with two pieces of legislation. The proposed political parties and election laws were drafted by a royal committee that was assigned the task of modernizing the kingdom’s political life...
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Al-Sadr’s gambit must succeed if Iraq is to have bright future

  • Of all the Iraqi religious scholars turned politicians, Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr is the most controversial, bold and charismatic. He comes from a family that has stood up to oppressive regimes on nationalistic grounds. At 47, he is still young and relatively inexperienced. Once an ally of ...
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Young Jordanians show they will not accept normalization with Israel

  • More than 25 years after the signing of the 1994 Jordan-Israel peace treaty, the vast majority of Jordanians remain adamantly hostile to their neighbor to the west. And while a new generation was born during this so-called era of peace, the rejection of any form of normalization of relations wi...
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