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Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Nile Basin’s GERD dispute creates risks for Egypt, Sudan, and beyond

Competition for the Nile Basin’s freshwater has been growing markedly for three decades. In 2011, it intensified after Ethiopia started building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

MENASource by Amal Kandeel

Ethiopia North Africa

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Lebanon’s economic recovery plan will only repeat past failures

Decades of corruption, waste of public funds, and financial mismanagement have ruined Lebanon’s economy. Rather than create productive sectors, successive Lebanese governments have bet on high-end tourism, luxury real estate, and expatriate remittances to remain afloat since 1990.

MENASource by David Daoud and Paul Gadalla

Lebanon Middle East

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

The Syrian online war of narratives

Narrative in the Syrian Civil War acts as a front contested with unprecedented means over an unprecedented scale.

MENASource by Karl Nicolas Lindenlaub

Middle East Syria

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

How Jordan responded to Israel’s annexation plans

King Abdullah II of Jordan has repeatedly warned that Israel’s and the Trump administration’s actions are fueling potential instability.

MENASource by Seth J. Frantzman

Israel Middle East

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Amid the coronavirus, where are US-Gulf counterterrorism efforts headed?

As governments of the Gulf Arab states seek to meet the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID-19, extremists have hastened to find ways to exploit the crisis.

MENASource by Joze Pelayo

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

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Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Nile Basin’s GERD dispute creates risks for Egypt, Sudan, and beyond

Competition for the Nile Basin’s freshwater has been growing markedly for three decades. In 2011, it intensified after Ethiopia started building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

MENASource by Amal Kandeel

Ethiopia North Africa

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Lebanon’s economic recovery plan will only repeat past failures

Decades of corruption, waste of public funds, and financial mismanagement have ruined Lebanon’s economy. Rather than create productive sectors, successive Lebanese governments have bet on high-end tourism, luxury real estate, and expatriate remittances to remain afloat since 1990.

MENASource by David Daoud and Paul Gadalla

Lebanon Middle East

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

The Syrian online war of narratives

Narrative in the Syrian Civil War acts as a front contested with unprecedented means over an unprecedented scale.

MENASource by Karl Nicolas Lindenlaub

Middle East Syria

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

How Jordan responded to Israel’s annexation plans

King Abdullah II of Jordan has repeatedly warned that Israel’s and the Trump administration’s actions are fueling potential instability.

MENASource by Seth J. Frantzman

Israel Middle East

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Amid the coronavirus, where are US-Gulf counterterrorism efforts headed?

As governments of the Gulf Arab states seek to meet the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID-19, extremists have hastened to find ways to exploit the crisis.

MENASource by Joze Pelayo

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Mapping Russia’s soft power efforts in Syria through humanitarian aid

By mapping where Russia’s Center for Reconciliation of Conflicting Sides in Syria has delivered aid over an 18-month period (between 2018 and 2020), a picture of Russia’s soft power tactics in Syria can be formed.

Blog Post by Marika Sosnowski and Jonathan Robinson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Libya’s crisis is a tough puzzle to solve for Egypt

Two elements are certain in this complex scenario. Firstly, Cairo will not fall into the trap of being drawn into an open proxy war in Libya, since it might have serious repercussions on the security of its porous borders, especially in the south. Secondly, Haftar’s next moves will effectively define whether the relations have cooled between him and Cairo or whether Libya is facing yet another aftershock in a marriage that is more tactical than strategic.

MENASource by Alessia Melcangi and Giuseppe Dentice

Conflict Crisis Management

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Gulf states should defend their sea lanes: Here’s how

The United States should play more of a supporting role with the Gulf states themselves providing more leadership and most, if not all of the forces.

Blog Post by Richard LeBaron, John W. Miller

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jun 16, 2020

The battlefield over West Bank annexation

Amid the international furor generated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan, few Palestinians believe they can prevent it, even if most countries consider the West Bank occupied territory.

MENASource by Jonathan H. Ferziger

Israel Middle East

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Sultan Haitham makes a strong start by addressing economic challenges

Sultan Haitham and his government have had to contend with the dual impact of the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of world oil prices, which the Omani government depends upon for most of its revenue.

Blog Post by Marc J. Sievers

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy