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Will a Moderate Iran Ease Regional Tensions?

A recent Global Risk Insights post discussed an apparent softening of rhetoric on the part of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and foreign minister, Javad Zarif. Whether or not that apparent

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Iran’s Shifting Stance on Syria, Israel, and Nuclear Power

In the past few days, the international community has seen a series of surprising gestures from Iran, indicating a possible shift in posture. The West has grown accustomed to former

Middle East/North Africa Security

Op-Ed: The US Has No Coherent Strategy in Syria

When Congress returns from vacation on September 9th, it will begin to debate an appropriate response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. President Obama warned last year that Syria should

Middle East/North Africa Politics

“Everything On Table” in New Middle East Peace Talks

Since the failure of the Oslo Accords over two decades ago, there have been a several attempts made to reach a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. The latest

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Assad’s Economic Lifeline is a Stable Syrian Pound

The Syrian revolution has raged for nearly two and half years, resulting in excess of 100,000 deaths and the immense destruction of the country’s infrastructure. An uprising spurred by discontent

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Origins of Egypt’s crisis are not economic

Guest blogger David Bresnahan-McRae argues that restructuring policies favouring specific parts of Egyptian society are the real origins of inequality and the current crisis in Egypt. The recent crisis in Egypt

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Op-Ed: Now is the time for US intervention in Syria

President Obama’s policy toward the Syrian civil war, and particularly Bashar Al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in that conflict, is being tested. At the time of writing, the United Nations

Middle East/North Africa Security

Despite Recent Progress, Instability Persists in Somalia

Just one year ago, Somalia, which has weathered near-constant conflict of varying intensity since 1991, looked poised to finally emerge from the cycle of violence and economic despair. A new

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Oman’s Ports Welcome Outside Investors

Though the quiet Sultanate of Oman may not make international headlines very often, the good things happening at its ports will have positive implications both domestically and internationally. The majority

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

Jordan’s ‘Sowt’ a new voice for the Arab Spring

It is podcast meets Twitter. Available in English and Arabic, Sowt (meaning “voice” in Arabic) allows users to share with the world an audio message lasting forty-two seconds or fewer.