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It is time to reform the management of the hajj

2020-07-29

This year, however, the hajj has become another casualty of COVID-19. Last month, Saudi Arabia banned the hajj for international visitors, drastically reducing the number of people able to perform the sacred ritual.

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Was Iraq’s prime minister right to go after an Iranian proxy?

2020-07-15

Rocket attacks by Iranian proxy groups in Iraq have been a common feature of the Iraqi security landscape over the past two decades, often causing material damage and on occasion killing and injuring Americans and Iraqis.

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What explains the decline of Iran’s moderates? It’s not Trump

2020-06-28

Why have Irans moderates and reformists lost public support, and what will this mean for Irans foreign policy?

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Pandemic politics: Will COVID-19 exacerbate or mitigate conflicts in Libya and Syria?

2020-05-27

Will COVID-19 prolong conflict in Libya and Syria, or will such wars exacerbate the pandemics spread?

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COVID-19 will prolong conflict in the Middle East

2020-04-29

The COVID-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for the Middle East. Since the U.S.-led international coalition secured the territorial defeat of ISIS three years ago, the region is still struggling to achieve lasting peace.

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The relationship between Iraq and the US is in danger of collapse. That can’t happen.

2020-03-23

It would a tragic shame if it ended. For Iraqis, the American presence is hugely beneficial as a counterweight to Iran and ISIS. Americans are also helpful with Iraqi internal politics—especially in regard to sectarian divisions in the security forces

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Iraq has a new prime minister. What next?

2020-03-23

Iraq has a new prime minister-designate, almost three weeks after the previous nominee — Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi — failed to secure parliamentary approval for his cabinet.

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What will happen to Iraqi Shiite militias after one key leader’s death?

2020-03-08

The decision to kill General Qasem Soleimani has received widespread attention. However, another important Iranian military leader, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was also killed in the attack. Ranj Alaaldin explains why

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The Middle East and North Africa over the next decade: Key challenges and policy options

2020-03-03

MENA POLICYMAKERS MUST LAUNCH A NEW GOVERNANCE REFORM AGENDA

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Toward a Red Sea forum: The Gulf, the Horn of Africa, and architecture for a new regional order

2019-11-07

The Red Sea has fast become the subject of new geopolitical intrigue, as unprecedented engagement between Gulf states and the Horn of Africa reframes politics, economics, and security astride one of the world’s most heavily trafficked waterways

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The US no longer matters in Syria

2019-11-03

Fundamentally, the ceasefire, assumes the U.S. still matters in Syria. It does not.

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Is education standing up to the task of climate action?

2019-09-19

A mid todays climate crisis, the global education community is faced with the reality that it has done too little too late.

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Iran’s threats are an attempt to negotiate

2019-08-01

Iranian officials now appear to be negotiating and rather than using back-channels, they are doing it in plain sight.

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Jordan’s King Abdullah is facing new risks—from his own friends

2019-06-21

In his two decades on the throne, Jordans King Abdullah II has faced almost constant challenges to the stability and prosperity of the kingdom, just as his father Hussein did for the half-century of his rule.

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The End of the Iran Deal Spells the End of Iranian Moderates

2018-07-10

The end of the Iran Deal will strengthen the hand of Tehrans hardliners

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The Middle East’s new battle lines

2018-05-23

while Saudi Arabia and Israel view Iran as an existential threat that they must confront, Ankara sees Tehran as a regional rival and neighbor with which it should compete and, at times, cooperate

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How America enables its allies' bad behavior

2016-05-09

The United States should focus less on making their allies happy and more on making them actually behave like allies

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