MENASourceMay 11, 2023
Experts react: Sudan at the crossroads—where the conflict goes from here
By Benjamin Mossberg, Alia Brahimi, Thomas S. Warrick, Shahira Amin, R. Clarke Cooper
Atlantic Council experts react to the conflict in Sudan and discuss how it will impact the region and beyond.
MENASourceMay 10, 2023
Saudi Arabia should consider the ‘Just Do It’ strategy for normalizing ties with Israel
By Richard LeBaron
Acting on one’s terms when pursuing national interests is always a better strategy. Saudi Arabia is completely capable of dealing with Israel on its own.
MENASourceMay 3, 2023
Modernizing MENA education: How to close the career success gap
By Nibras Basitkey
The education systems in the MENA region are failing to keep pace with the rapidly evolving labor market, which is increasingly characterized by emerging technologies, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
MENASourceMay 1, 2023
Should history rethink Paul Bremer’s role in the Iraq war?
By Andrew L. Peek
In the pantheon of Iraq war “villains,” perhaps no single official has been blamed for more disaster than Paul Bremer, the Coalition Provisional Authority leader who ruled Iraq for roughly one year.
MENASourceApr 21, 2023
How WhatsApp upended Middle East diplomacy—and what the US can learn from it
By Joze Pelayo, Yulia Shalomov
In WhatsApp’s encrypted channels, diplomats feel freer to form and participate in groups where they privately share resources, coordinate meetings, strategize with colleagues, create informal alliances, lobby for their country’s positions, and coordinate policy decisions.
MENASourceApr 17, 2023
Safeguarding the past: The Arab world’s cure to Holocaust amnesia
By El Mehdi Boudra
On the eve of Yom Hashoah, it is no longer considered taboo in the MENA region to promote Holocaust education and genocide prevention. The region’s youth are more receptive to discussing the events of one of the darkest chapters of human history, despite the political, religious, and educational challenges shrouding this historic move that has been praised in some nations in the region and criticized in others.
MENASourceApr 13, 2023
Hezbollah and its allies are more emboldened than they’ve been in nearly two decades
By Nicholas Blanford
The bottom line of this latest flare-up of violence along the Lebanon-Israel border is that Hezbollah, in coordination with Hamas, launched the largest barrage of rockets into Israel in nearly seventeen years without facing any repercussions.