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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

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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

Wed, Feb 17, 2021

What it takes for MENA to be the next leading venture capital opportunity

Investing in venture capital in the Middle East is not merely an opportunity to gain financial dividends, but also to impact the lives of hundreds of millions of people by adding value and creating local wealth that can then address manifold social challenges. This will allow talent to rise and strengthen the ecosystem further.

MENASource by Amjad Ahmad, Christopher Schroeder, and Allison Holle

Economy & Business Middle East

Wed, Feb 17, 2021

Ten years ago, Libyans staged a revolution. Here’s why it has failed.

Ten years on, it’s important to dispel myths about why Libya went so wrong so as not to draw the wrong lessons.

Arab Spring by Borzou Daragahi

Middle East North Africa

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Two years on, Algeria’s Hirak is poised for a rebirth

Partisans of the Hirak are quick to point out that they voluntarily paused the movement and can restart it at any time. Two years after the Hirak’s eruption, that possibility appears likely.

MENASource by Andrew G. Farrand

Middle East North Africa