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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.

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Rising Trade and FDI Between Arab World and Latin America

The airspace between South America and the Arab world is getting a lot busier. A number of carriers have recently added routes between Middle Eastern hubs and cities on the

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Working Class Iranians Demand Labor Reforms

Last week, several hundred unemployed, underemployed, and underpaid steelworkers demonstrated in Tehran outside of the Iranian parliament. In the wake of the election of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani many working

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Morocco’s Government Begins to Unravel

On 10 July 2013, the Istiqlal party announced its spontaneous departure from the Moroccan government. As the second largest political party within the Moroccan parliament, forming part of the governing

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Coup or Not, Egypt’s Problem is the Economy

What happened in Egypt was not a coup; it was a popular uprising against an incompetent president, who failed to deliver what he promised over a year ago. He ruled

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Competitiveness Report Digest Part II: The Levant and North Africa

See Part I for an introduction to the Arab World Competitiveness Report 2013. Just as the Gulf countries exhibit similar strengths and weaknesses, countries of the Levant and North Africa

Middle East/North Africa Security

Why Egypt’s Coup Was So Effective

Until the start of this month, Egypt could count itself as a member of an exclusive club of nations in Africa that had not experienced a coup d’etat (successful or