Arab Spring Ten Years On

This series examines the changes and challenges countries in the Middle East and North Africa are experiencing, one decade after the Arab Spring.

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Wed, May 5, 2021

Qatar and Egypt are letting bygones be bygones

Ultimately, increased Qatari-Egyptian cooperation will likely do more to align with the Joe Biden administration’s interests in increasing diplomacy in the region at a time when the US is re-evaluating its military footprint.

MENASource by Allison Nour

Middle East North Africa

Mon, May 3, 2021

Syrian Transitional Military Council: A ‘social media invention’ or much more?

Recent weeks have seen a crescendo of rumors claiming that local, regional, and international support is growing to establish a Syrian Transitional Military Council. It would allegedly be led by defected Brigadier General Manaf Tlass, whose mandate would be to midwife the war-ravaged nation into a post-Bashar al-Assad future.

MENASource by Matthew Ayton

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Apr 30, 2021

Déby’s death: A microcosm of the flaws of French foreign policy in Libya

Far from being the sole architect of his premature death, the conditions that led to Chadian President Idriss Déby’s passing are also a direct byproduct of the myopic policies of his main Western ally—France—in neighboring Libya.

MENASource by Emadeddin Badi

Iran Middle East

Wed, Apr 28, 2021

¡Viva los Arabes!: Underreported stories of the Arabs of the Americas

Due to the Iberian legacy it is argued that Arabs who migrated to Latin America felt much closer to home than those who migrated to the US.

MENASource by Joze Pelayo

Americas Latin America

Mon, Apr 26, 2021

In the game of Syria, the US and Europe hold the cards

This is the time for the United States and European Union to exact concessions from Iran, which needs the financial benefits of a full nuclear deal, and from Russia, which needs reconstruction money.

MENASource by Rime Allaf

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Apr 22, 2021

The Middle East needs a Levant-North African Environmental Forum

Political borders will continue to exist and limit what can and cannot be done across such borders. However, there needs to be less thinking on national terms and more on local and regional terms when combating climate change.

MENASource by Ariel Ezrahi

Energy & Environment Middle East

Wed, Apr 21, 2021

Russia in the Middle East: A source of stability or a pot-stirrer?

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s Gulf tour in March exemplifies the complexity of Russian foreign policy in the region.

MENASource by Anna Borshchevskaya, Raed Wajeeh, Daniel Rakov, and Li-Chen Sim

Israel Middle East

Tue, Apr 20, 2021

Lessons from Israel and Egypt’s lukewarm peace

Security coordination has always been the relationship’s epicenter. So, while the depth of cooperation between Israeli and Egyptian forces is laudable, where is the relationship evolving?

MENASource by Gabriel Mitchell

Israel Middle East

Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Italy found its way back into Libya

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s visit to Libya is a big step for renewing Italy’s role in Libya and the wider Mediterranean, one that should not be overlooked.

MENASource by Karim Mezran, Alissa Pavia

Libya Middle East

Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Baby bottle coffee drinks and censorship: The ultimate guide to Arab TikTok

Although TikTok provides a platform for creative expression and political speech, repressive governments around the world attempt to censor users—and the Middle East is no exception. Those in charge are fearful of the app’s quick-sharing nature, which can allow anything from popular dances to government slander to spread rapidly.

MENASource by Samantha Treiman

Media Middle East