Middle East

January’s Asian Cup Semi-Final Soccer Match Further Inflamed UAE-Qatar Tensions

January’s Asian Cup Semi-Final Soccer Match Further Inflamed UAE-Qatar Tensions

The ongoing diplomatic and political crisis between Qatar and the UAE, which began in June 2017, overshadowed the UAE-hosted Asian Cup 2019.
Fairuz and the Rahbani Brothers Musical Legends Who Shaped Modern Lebanese Identity

Fairuz and the Rahbani Brothers: Musical Legends Who Shaped Modern Lebanese Identity

Lebanese musical icons Fairuz and the Rahbani brothers, Assi and Mansour, are credited with revolutionizing modern Arab music. They are also renowned for using their artistic voices to champion social and political causes in Lebanon and the wider Arab world.
Iraq’s Uneasy Road to a Green Economy

Iraq’s Uneasy Road to a Green Economy

Faced with chronic electricity shortages, Iraq has set a target to meet 10 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2028 through deployment of large-scale solar, wind, and biomass sources.
Cuba’s Look to the Arab World

Cuba’s Look to the Arab World

While Venezuela is bogged down with its internal political and economic crises and Washington hardens its stance against Cuba’s regime, Havana has essentially no choice but to seek new partners, prompting the island nation’s leadership to look to the Arab world.
Can Arab Gulf States Neutralize Iranian Influence in Syria

Can Arab Gulf States Neutralize Iranian Influence in Syria?

As a result of the Syrian regime “winning” the civil war, Arab Gulf states have generally adapted to new strategies that accept President Bashar al-Assad and his circle staying in power.
Iraq’s Electricity Sector at a Critical Juncture.

Iraq’s Electricity Sector at a Critical Juncture

Power outages in Iraq were one of the catalysts of large-scale protests in the summer of 2018. While the Iraqi government has made reforming the electricity sector one of its priorities, changes are slow.
Arab Women Escaping the Gulf

Arab Women Escaping the Gulf

While Saudi Arabia and other countries of the Arabian Gulf make some shallow progress towards improving women’s rights, the hundreds of women trying to flee the region make clear that true progress is still a long way off.
Syria’s Women Journalists Fight For Their Country

Syria’s Women Journalists Fight For Their Country

On this year’s International Women’s Day, eight years into the Syrian revolution, the country’s women journalists defy gender-based violence and criticism and continue, courageously, to report on Syrian life and the cruelty of the Assad regime.