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Middle East/North Africa Security

Arming Rebels is No Simple Fix in Syria

As Western powers move to arm various rebel groups fighting against the Assad regime in Syria, it is important to remember that arms are no silver bullet. At the centre

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Nile Dilemma Between Development and Water Security

Over the last few weeks, the waves of dispute have been disturbing the otherwise calm waters of the Nile river. Ethiopia, one of the source countries of the river, has

Middle East/North Africa

Housing Bubble in Dubai Returns

A flurry of recent news articles reported concern over the possibility of another housing bubble taking shape in the United Arab Emirates. Despite a crash in 2009 that sent real

Middle East/North Africa

What’s Next for Mali?

Now that the military part of the intervention is almost done, what has to be done to put the country back on track and avoid a resumption of the conflict

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Peace and prosperity in Palestine via private investment

World leaders seek to promote $4 billion in private investment in Palestine – an effort which if successful, could boost GDP by 50% and sink unemployment. The World Economic Forum

Middle East/North Africa Security

Water Scarcity in Jordan Increases with Refugee Flows

As Jordan copes with a wave of refugees fleeing Iraq and Syria, Amman’s already dire water security is stretched to its limit as water scarcity increases. An article published May

Middle East/North Africa Security

May 16 Kidnapping Sparks Security Policy Debate in Egypt

Egypt’s latest kidnapping attack has launched a security debate in the country, as discontent grows with the Morsi government. On the 16th of May a group of gunmen conducted a

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Tensions with Iran prevent economic cooperation in Afghanistan

Western tensions with, and sanctions against, Iran prevent cooperation which could promote an economically stable Afghanistan. Several months ago, reports surfaced indicating that the United States was unknowingly buying mixed,

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Shale Oil is Key to Jordan’s Energy Future

Jordan plans to have electricity from shale oil make up 14 percent of energy demand by 2020. Recent developments indicate that Jordan is moving closer to making this vision a

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Al-Barrak sentence attests to Kuwait’s authoritarian side

The recent jail sentence handed down to a prominent opposition leader in Kuwait reflects an authoritarian trend that may solidify business opportunities in the near future but casts a shadow