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.


Tue, Jun 15, 2021

What does the Arab Street think of China and Russia? The answers may surprise you.

Are perceptions about China and Russia shared by MENA elites and the public? Building on previous posts that analyzed MENA’s interests in engaging these states, we answer these questions by examining polling data across MENA and within particular states.

MENASource by Li-Chen Sim and Lucille Greer

China Middle East

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Narcos: Syria edition—and what the US can do about it

Little-consumed outside the Middle East, captagon—also known as the “poor man’s cocaine”—has proliferated, owing to an industrial boom centered predominantly in war-torn Syria, where the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad now relies on narcotics as a financial lifeline.

MENASource by Ian Larson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Can AgriTech entrepreneurs save the Middle East’s food supply?

On June 9, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and empowerME Initiative hosted a private, on-the-record roundtable. Read the key takeaways.

GeoTech Cues by Hezha Barzani and Matthew Goodman

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Thu, Jun 10, 2021

Parliamentary elections won’t rescue Algeria from its legitimacy problem

Arriving on the heels of two years of overt popular contestation, Algeria’s June 12 parliamentary elections will not suffice to resolve the country’s deep political impasse.

MENASource by Andrew Farrand

Elections Middle East

Tue, Jun 8, 2021

Five years of Russian aid in Syria proves Moscow is an unreliable partner

After Russia’s first year in Syria, Russia became even more explicit with its intentions about the use of humanitarian aid. In other words, humanitarian aid had become a key soft power instrument.

MENASource by Jonathan Robinson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jun 4, 2021

Libya’s fragile ceasefire: A lost opportunity?

On April 16, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2570, approving arrangements for a ceasefire monitoring mechanism and the deployment of UN monitors. But will a sixty-person team be sufficient to prevent the renewed outbreak of hostilities in this deeply split country?

MENASource by Wolfgang Pusztai

Libya Middle East

Thu, Jun 3, 2021

Algeria’s parliamentary elections: A bumpy road ahead

While the coronavirus pandemic put on hold the Hirak movement, its resumption in February this year indicates that many Algerians have not renounced challenging the Algerian government.

MENASource by Abdelkader Abderrahmane

Elections Middle East

Wed, Jun 2, 2021

Experts React: Israel might have a new government. What’s next?

Atlantic Council experts react to the news of Israel's new government and assess the significance of the coalition's push to oust Israel’s longest-serving prime minister.

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Democratic Transitions Israel

Wed, Jun 2, 2021

Egypt has a water problem—and no, it’s not only the GERD

The Nile River, a once seemingly unending water resource serving Egypt as a dependable and mighty lifeline for millennia, now barely reaches the Mediterranean Sea.

MENASource by Yaniv Cohen

Energy & Environment Middle East

Tue, Jun 1, 2021

Egypt recalibrated its strategy in Libya because of Turkey

It is evident that the strategic pivots of Egyptian leadership in Libya are adapting and evolving in concordance with developments on the ground and keeping in mind wider regional implications—particularly its relations with Turkey.

MENASource by Alessia Melcangi

Libya Middle East