Analysis

Bin Salman’s International Tour Turns Sour

Bin Salman’s International Tour Turns Sour

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s international self-promotion tour morphed into a day of reckoning when protestors took to the streets, mocking him as "Abu Manshar" (“Father of the Saw”) and Morocco’s king refused to meet with him.

Unrest in Iranian Sistan and Baluchestan

Ethno/sectarian tensions in Iran routinely manifest themselves in deadly violence in the country’s peripheral provinces that are home to millions of the Islamic Republic’s non-Persian and/or non-Shi’a citizens.
Morocco’s First Take on Fast Trains

Morocco’s First Take on Fast Trains

Morocco is now the home of Africa’s first high-speed rail line. The state of the art “Al Boraq” Train now links Tangier and Casablanca in just over two hours.

Half a Century After its Independence from the British, Yemen Now Faces a New Colonialism

This year, Yemenis celebrated the 51st anniversary of South Yemen’s independence from British colonial rule. But now decades later Yemen is facing a new colonization—this time by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. While five decades of independence have given way to something even worse than British occupation, the past four years suggest that this new colonialism will not last long.
Climate Change Raises the Specter of Food Insecurity in Gulf Countries

Climate Change Raises the Specter of Food Insecurity in Gulf Countries

The changing climate portends more extreme weather events that are likely to hurt global food supplies and raise prices. While the rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council are currently food secure due to their strong buying power, they are too vulnerable to supply fluctuations because of near total food import dependency, growing population rates, and declining freshwater and rainfall to be able to boost domestic food production.
Libya: Losers and Winners in Palermo Conference

Libya: Losers and Winners in Palermo Conference

The Italian-sponsored conference in Palermo could not solve Libya’s problems, but some parties came out on top while others lost the opportunity to gain.
Morocco Launches Second Satellite

Morocco’s Second Satellite Launch: A Bold Move with “Big Brother” Concerns

Morocco has launched a second satellite, the MOHAMMED VI-B Earth Observation Satellite, from Kourou, French Guiana, destined, among other things, to improve Morocco’s management of human and environmental resources. Nevertheless, its advanced technology has raised concerns over less benign uses.
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: Testament to Failure

While the United Nations celebrates the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People each year, the day serves as a bleak reminder to many Palestinians of UN Resolution 181, which legalized Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
How the UAE-Haftar Partnership is Threatening Libyan Sovereignty

How the UAE-Haftar Partnership is Threatening Libyan Sovereignty

For more than four decades, General Khalifa Haftar has been part and parcel of the Libyan political scene. Haftar’s continued power and influence in Libya is greatly dependent on the role he plays as a guardian of the UAE’s interests in the country, but will it stand the test of time?