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Middle East/North Africa Security

Terrorism, tourism, and Oman

Tourism in the greater Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has been dampened by security concerns; what does this mean for Oman in 2016, especially in tandem with falling oil

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 Politics

Five trends that will shape the MENA in 2016

Torn between conflicts and insurgency, the Middle East has witnessed a rise of non-state-actors at the expense of states weakened by a struggling global economy and social changes that exceed

Middle East/North Africa Politics

For Saudi Arabia’s women, change is a gradual and cautious process

Historically, the public role for women has been on the margins in Saudi Arabia. But after decades of gradual change, exciting things are starting to happen. If things carry on in

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 Technology and infrastructure

How strong are the Middle East’s cybersecurity networks?

The Middle East is responsible for a significant share of the world’s energy resources and is also one of the fastest growing regions for personal internet and mobile phone use.

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Algeria feels squeezed by falling energy prices

With an economy heavily dependent on oil, Algeria has launched a series of measures to secure falling revenues. Within OPEC, Algeria, perhaps more than other of its oil-producing members, is

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Women rise up in the Middle East

As the world focuses on the region’s violent geopolitical struggles, a quiet revolution is taking place. The women of the Middle East are making remarkable gains in politics and businesses.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

What does the Iran nuclear deal mean for the GCC?

The recently struck Iranian nuclear deal poses tough questions and considerations for members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, who will work to preserve their influence in the Gulf and broader Middle

Middle East/North Africa Politics

What lies ahead for the Palestinian Authority?

The Palestinian Authority is facing a leadership crisis. Is Mohammed Dahlan positioned to become the next leader of the Palestinians? The issue of leadership succession in the Middle East is