Opinion

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.
100 Years of Remembering the Past, But Forgetting the Present

100 Years of Remembering the Past, But Forgetting the Present

The centenary of the World War I armistice rings hollow in a world still scorched by war. We claim to remember the dead, but we have forgotten the living.
Opinion Khashoggi, the Liberator

Opinion: Khashoggi, the Liberator

A native of one of the most repressive regimes in the world, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi knew more about the nuances of freedom than most. In observance of last week’s International Day to End Impunity For Crimes Against Journalists, I discuss his final op-ed piece and his struggle and passion for freedom of expression in the Arab world and beyond.
Educational Reforms in Morocco A Chronology of Failures

Educational Reforms in Morocco: A Chronology of Failures

Disillusionment and despair over the deterioration of Morocco’s educational system have lingered since Morocco’s independence in 1956. Many reforms have been implemented to no avail. Even after squandering billions of dirhams on trying to reform education, Morocco’s educational system remains among the lowest performing in the world.