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commentary & analysis
Our online publications feature thoughtful reflections and opinions on current events in the Middle East & North Africa.
IranSource Jul 7, 2023
Iran and Afghanistan are feuding over the Helmand River. The water wars have no end in sight.
By Holly Dagres
Fatemeh Aman, a non-resident senior fellow at MEI, on why the Islamic Republic and Taliban are bumping heads on transboundary water issues.
MENASource Jun 29, 2023
Egyptians aren’t racist. They’re frustrated with Western appropriation of their ancient history.
By Shahira Amin
Afrocentrists claim ancient Egypt was a predominantly black civilization, but this has been refuted by many Egyptians and their government.
In-depth research & reports
Our reports feature policy-relevant analysis that focuses on transatlantic priorities while centering the concerns of citizens in the Middle East.
Issue Brief Jul 5, 2023
The minilateral moment in the Middle East: An opportunity for US regional policy?
By Jean-Loup Samaan
Jean-Loup Samaan analyzes how regional powers in the Middle East are reconsidering the multilateral balance of their foreign policy arrangements.
Issue Brief Jun 6, 2023
How monarchies end
By Stephen Grand
Stephen R. Grand flips the analytical script on the spate of notable books covering “How Democracies Die.” Democracies can corrode and crumble, but so can autocracies. Why are there no books being published about how kings and queens, emperors and caliphs, cease to rule—either because their throne is transformed into a more ceremonial post or because they lose power entirely? For Arab monarchs, there are several apparent lessons to be learned.
Issue Brief May 30, 2023
China’s subsea-cable power in the Middle East and North Africa
By Dale Aluf
Dale Aluf analyzes China’s campaign to make countries in the region more dependent on Chinese networks, while reducing its own dependence on foreign cables. China’s growing presence in the Middle East and North Africa’s cable industry is significant because Beijing has the power to shape the route of global internet traffic by determining when, where, and how to build cables.
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