Opinion

Saudi Arabia and Public Opinion: Can Mohammed Bin Salman Change the Narrative?

The global media has seized control of the Saudi narrative, away from reform, technology, and NEOM to focus on human rights and civil liberties in the kingdom. Can Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) regain control of the talking points, or will sensational stories about Saudi citizens continue to dominate the headlines?
Why Don’t Muslims Denounce Extremist Terrorism? They Do!

Why Don’t Muslims Denounce Extremist Terrorism? They Do!

Since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Arab World has known endless cycles of death and destruction. It has also suffered sickening terror in the hands of Islamic extremists.
Can Washington Count on Saudi Arabia to Rebuild Syria

Can Washington Count on Saudi Arabia to Rebuild Syria?

The regime of Bashar al-Assad has “won” the Syrian conflict, but the Syrian people are far from living in a peaceful or stable country. The United Nations (UN) estimates that Syria’s reconstruction will cost at least $250 billion.
Lebanon: The Price of Truth in a Country Whose Elite Silence the Press Using Any Means Possible

Lebanon: The Price of Truth in a Country Whose Elite Silence the Press Using Any Means Possible

A crackdown on journalists in Lebanon is leaving many asking if the country is rapidly becoming a police state and raising questions whether independent journalism has any role to play in state building, or if, indeed, it can even survive.
#HearMeToo Arab Women Raise Their Voices in “16 Days of Activism”

#HearMeToo: Arab Women Raise Their Voices in “16 Days of Activism”

The International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and the following 16 Days of Activism that are now underway, are a reminder that gender-based violence (GBV) is still prevalent throughout the world, and that proactive engagement and education are the only way to eradicate it.
Ilhan Omar and the Diversity Dilemma

The US Elections and the Diversity Dilemma

Ilhan Omar, one of the two first Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress, presents herself as “the president’s nightmare.” But in a country crippled by inattention to the stunning rise of domestic terrorism and a self-described “nationalist” president, a hijab-wearing Muslim woman is like catnip to white supremacists.

The Future of Iran-Pakistan Energy Relations Seems Dim

With the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran, it is not just the Islamic Republic’s global, but regional energy links which have been shaken, spelling bad tidings for future economic and political cooperation. Alternatives to Iran’s drastically underinvested energy sector abound for those countries which, like Pakistan, are undertaking serious efforts to make up for their own deficits. What can the current state of relations between Pakistan and Iran tell us about the future of regional energy relations?
Israel biggest loser, if Trump Reduces Pressure on Assad and Iran

In Post-Mid-Term Likely Scale Back of Anti-Assad and Anti-Iran Policy, Who Are the Winners and Loser...

Israel may be the biggest loser from the mid-term elections, as President Trump now is likely to scale back his anti-Assad and anti-Iran forays in light of the House loss.
Lebanon's Mounting Garbage: A 21st Century Clean Up

Lebanon’s Mounting Garbage: A 21st Century Clean Up

Lebanon’s parliament passed a new law on integrated solid waste management on September 24, 2018, to address the country’s unending garbage crisis. However, the law is already being violated, a national waste management strategy is yet to appear, and the garbage is still everywhere.

Morphing the MENA Mindset: Entrepreneurship Means Meeting Challenge with Change

While the dramatic, often violent events in the Middle East have dominated most attention, it is widely recognized that economic development -- jobs -- will ultimately either sustain the autocracies now in power or force change by uncontrolled, largely negative influences. The Middle East can and should learn from the economic consequences of failed governance elsewhere and harness the energy of entrepreneurship and its youth to its advantage with a recognition that change and challenge are inevitable components of visions for the future.