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Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Iraqi IDPs amid US-Iranian tensions

As Iraq protests in the past week escalated and settled down, real grievances issued by Iraqi citizens—related to crumbling infrastructure, high unemployment, and lack of services—need to be resolved by the government to destabilize the situation. However, there are additional issues concerning the internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq who may lack the agency or […]

MENASource by Leah Hickert

Economy & Business Human Rights

Mon, Oct 7, 2019

Trump withdraws US troops from northern Syria

An October 6 phone call between US President Donald J. Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan resulted in a partial withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria and Trump’s endorsement of Turkish plans to send their own military forces into the region.

MENASource by Reema Hibrawi

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

Iraq protests: How should the government and the US respond?

This week Iraq has experienced the largest protests to date against Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s government, if not any Iraqi government since the fall of former President Saddam Hussein.

MENASource by C. Anthony Pfaff

Economy & Business Iraq

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Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Iraqi IDPs amid US-Iranian tensions

As Iraq protests in the past week escalated and settled down, real grievances issued by Iraqi citizens—related to crumbling infrastructure, high unemployment, and lack of services—need to be resolved by the government to destabilize the situation. However, there are additional issues concerning the internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq who may lack the agency or […]

MENASource by Leah Hickert

Economy & Business Human Rights

Mon, Oct 7, 2019

Trump withdraws US troops from northern Syria

An October 6 phone call between US President Donald J. Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan resulted in a partial withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria and Trump’s endorsement of Turkish plans to send their own military forces into the region.

MENASource by Reema Hibrawi

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

Iraq protests: How should the government and the US respond?

This week Iraq has experienced the largest protests to date against Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s government, if not any Iraqi government since the fall of former President Saddam Hussein.

MENASource by C. Anthony Pfaff

Economy & Business Iraq

Fri, Sep 27, 2019

Teachers’ protest challenges Jordanian status quo

Teachers in Jordan are starting the third week of one of the longest strikes by educators in the region’s history. Negotiations with the government have stalled, and there is no end in sight.

MENASource by Tuqa Nusairat

Civil Society Economy & Business

Wed, Sep 25, 2019

The democratic dilemma of the early Tunisian presidential elections

Cataclysm, atypical, and rupture are a few words to describe the situation in Tunisia after the exit poll results in the first round of the early presidential elections organized on September 15, 2019. People expressed mixed feelings about the candidates’ performances, but also voiced serious concerns regarding the long-term political outcomes of the electoral process. […]

MENASource by Haykel Ben Mahfoudh

Democratic Transitions Elections

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

To deal, or not to deal: Iran remains divided on the United States

The Iranian leadership has been unable to find a consensus on when the negotiations should begin, or what a final agreement should achieve.

MENASource by Sara Bazoobandi

Economic Sanctions Iran

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Libya: Locked or moving forward?

One of the unfortunate consequences of Libya’s crisis is that the main players with decision-making power in Libya’s conflict are the regional and international powers involved in the crisis.

MENASource by Karim Mezran

Libya Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

What the Abqaiq attack should teach us about critical infrastructure

The precision of the aerial attack on Abqaiq, whether it originated in Iran or outside it, shows both a willingness to target strategic critical infrastructure and a capability for extreme precision.

MENASource by Thomas S. Warrick

Crisis Management Geopolitics & Energy Security

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Factbox: Tunisia’s precarious 2019 presidential election

Voting booths open for the Tunisian presidential election this Sunday, September 15, in one of the world’s youngest democracies. Tunisians will be selecting their second president from among twenty-six candidates, including two women, with hopes of a new vision for addressing pressing issues about the economy, security, and political reform.

MENASource by Adam Aluzri and Christiana Haynes

Democratic Transitions Elections

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Is the early presidential election a political turning point for Tunisia?

The results of the next Tunisian presidential election may change the political spectrum for the subsequent legislative elections too. During the last eights years, the political paranoia has been the rule, leading public opinion to discredit politicians and political parties.

MENASource by Haykel Ben Mahfoudh

Middle East North Africa