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Debate Corner Middle East/North Africa Security

Will Syria be partitioned or remain united?

GRI Debate: What will Syria look like after the war? US Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that partitioning Syria may be a possibility. In this debate, GRI asked

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

10 Middle East start-ups to watch in 2016

For many, the Middle East hardly seems the locale for a burgeoning entrepreneurial scene. But over the last decade, the region has witnessed strong advances made by young minds to

Middle East/North Africa

Middle East and North Africa in 2015: A Year in Review

As the sun sets on 2015, the MENA region continues to suffer from political instability, regional insecurity, and a weak economic climate. It has been five years since the Arab

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

4 ways Uber impacts civil society in the Middle East

Uber is helping communities address key social challenges left void by sclerotic government institutions. Earlier this month, Uber announced plans to invest $250 million to expand its operations in the

Middle East/North Africa Security

Israeli-Palestinian tensions threaten regional overspill

As violence surrounding worshipping status at the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary grows, what are the chances of a regional conflict escalation and how can we understand the current tensions? The tragic

Middle East/North Africa Security

Joint Arab military forces deepens the Saudi-Iran conflict

Arab leaders often concluded their annual Arab Summit meetings with verbal statements regarding the region’s issues, rather than taking any substantial measures. However, this year’s summit held on the 28th of

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

$10 billion Russia-Jordan nuclear deal promises dividends

Last week, Jordan signed a $10 billion dollar deal with Russia to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. For an energy-strapped nation as Jordan, the project is an important investment

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Middle East sees rise of start-up incubators

The impressive start-up culture in the Middle East has led to the development of myriad seed investment companies looking to support young entrepreneurs. These companies provide startups with greater access

Middle East/North Africa Security

Jordan’s intensifies its campaign against ISIS

Jordan’s decision to deepen its involvement in Iraq and Syria has widespread implications, including dramatically increasing the country’s power and regional influence. It also emphasizes the uncertainty of the region’s economic

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Jordan-Israel energy deal faces public opposition

With increased conflict in Iraq and Syria and diplomatic disagreements with Israel, the Jordanian public’s dissatisfaction with King Abdullah is growing. With a struggling economy, Jordan must strike a careful