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MENASourceJan 21, 2022
The Biden administration’s Syria policy sets a path towards disengagement. Here’s why it’s problematic.
By Abdulrahman al-Masri, Reem Salahi
It appears that the Joe Biden administration isn’t only deprioritizing Syria due to a cramped foreign policy agenda, but more clearly pronouncing a lack of strategic interest and an official approach of disengagement.
IranSourceJan 20, 2022
Under Ebrahim Raisi, Iran and Turkey may be entering a new phase of bilateral ties
By Hossein Aghaie Joobani
While Iran and Turkey may have too many geopolitical differences, both are expected to maintain their compartmentalization strategy so that divergences of interests at the regional level do not irreparably harm the core of bilateral relations.
MENASourceJan 18, 2022
Is the GCC ready to embrace sustainable finance?
By Dominik Treeck, Mustafa Domanic, and Hendrik Wittrock
To avoid falling behind on their grand economic growth ambitions, Gulf Cooperation Council countries should act decisively by putting sustainable finance policies at the top of their agendas.
New AtlanticistJan 14, 2022
Germany has sentenced a Syrian colonel to life for crimes against humanity. Will others face the same fate?
Now that Anwar Raslan is behind bars, activists are hoping his conviction paves the way for other bad actors of the Syrian regime to be prosecuted.
MENASourceJan 14, 2022
Where is the United States? Military basing and energy are the real prizes in Libya.
By Matthew Zais
It wasn’t a surprise to many that Libya’s long-awaited elections were postponed. As the elections approached, fundamental rules over presidential powers, who was allowed to be a candidate, and election enforcement mechanisms remained unclear.
IranSourceJan 11, 2022
Who’s on Iran’s current nuclear negotiating team? Some have controversial pasts.
By Mehrzad Boroujerdi
As nuclear talks in Vienna continue their halting progress, a look at the backgrounds of the key members of the Iranian negotiating team may help explain why it has been so difficult to revive the 2015 JCPOA.
MENASourceJan 7, 2022
I’m the former foreign minister of Yemen. My country is starving and needs the international community’s help.
By Khaled H. Alyemany
The situation in Yemen cannot be permitted to continue on its current trajectory. The international community must act immediately to remedy its issues and change the country’s course from disaster to diplomacy.
Event RecapDec 22, 2021
Libya’s long road to elections: ‘Unity cannot be a byproduct of a broken system’
By Yaseen Rashed
On December 17, the Atlantic Council’s North Africa Initiative held a panel discussion on “Libya: The long road to elections” on the democratic process in Libya, analyzing shortcomings and failures that threaten to derail the set election timeline.