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Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias

On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden Administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Senior State Department official says US is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East

The Joe Biden Administration is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East and deepening economic cooperation between the United States and the region

MENASource by Allison Holle

Economy & Business Middle East

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Rewriting the rules of mediation and conflict resolution: The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum

Good news for the Joe Biden administration may strangely come from the recent results of the inter-Libyan negotiations in Geneva.

MENASource by Hafed Al Ghwell and Karim Mezran

Libya Middle East

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Optimism mixed with realism about the Biden administration’s promises on Yemen

The appointment of Ambassador Tim Lenderking as US Special Envoy to Yemen is the right step towards streamlining United States’ efforts internally and externally with allies to end the war, address its humanitarian impact, and avert the looming famine.

MENASource by Khaled Alyemany

Middle East The Gulf

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Don’t rely on Moscow to help with “reconciliation” in Syria’s Daraa province

Any deal Russia strikes in Syria’s southern province will be volatile and temporary, given that resolving underlying conditions are impossible under the Bashar al-Assad regime and Russia’s direction.

MENASource by Jomana Qaddour, Abdulrahman al-Masri

Middle East Russia

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Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias

On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden Administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Senior State Department official says US is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East

The Joe Biden Administration is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East and deepening economic cooperation between the United States and the region

MENASource by Allison Holle

Economy & Business Middle East

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Rewriting the rules of mediation and conflict resolution: The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum

Good news for the Joe Biden administration may strangely come from the recent results of the inter-Libyan negotiations in Geneva.

MENASource by Hafed Al Ghwell and Karim Mezran

Libya Middle East

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Optimism mixed with realism about the Biden administration’s promises on Yemen

The appointment of Ambassador Tim Lenderking as US Special Envoy to Yemen is the right step towards streamlining United States’ efforts internally and externally with allies to end the war, address its humanitarian impact, and avert the looming famine.

MENASource by Khaled Alyemany

Middle East The Gulf

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Don’t rely on Moscow to help with “reconciliation” in Syria’s Daraa province

Any deal Russia strikes in Syria’s southern province will be volatile and temporary, given that resolving underlying conditions are impossible under the Bashar al-Assad regime and Russia’s direction.

MENASource by Jomana Qaddour, Abdulrahman al-Masri

Middle East Russia

Mon, Feb 22, 2021

America steps back into the ring with the Palestinians

The renewed US effort to engage with the Palestinian leadership comes against the backdrop of the past four years, during which the Mahmoud Abbas government found itself consistently on the defensive.

MENASource by Jonathan H. Ferziger, Shalom Lipner

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Feb 22, 2021

China is happy about the Abraham Accords and the GCC crisis coming to an end

Middle Eastern dispute resolution benefits lots of countries with interests in the region and several can be expected to capitalize. However, given China’s increasingly deep MENA footprint, it will capitalize more.

MENASource by Jonathan Fulton

China East Asia

Thu, Feb 18, 2021

The Biden administration may have hit the reset button in Libya

Despite its marginality and irrelevance for US’s interests, Libya has come to constitute the litmus test of this perceived change in the world political landscape.

MENASource by Karim Mezran

Libya Middle East

Thu, Feb 18, 2021

Israel’s upcoming election: A referendum on the handling of the coronavirus

March 23 will see Israelis trek to the polls—for the fourth time since April 2019—after the close of an election campaign that has, thus far, entertained discussion of little else other than the coronavirus and its ramifications.

MENASource by Shalom Lipner

Israel Middle East

Wed, Feb 17, 2021

Responding to Iranian proxies in Iraq: Lowering the cost of accountability

Rather than being faced with doing nothing, leaving, or being kicked out, such a joint approach can make the US the more attractive partner, undermine Iran’s ability to control the narrative, and improve prospects for future security cooperation.

MENASource by C. Anthony Pfaff

Iran Iraq