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Haftar’s Ambitions for a Unified Libya: Prospects for Peace or Recipe for Chaos?

Whatever one’s opinion of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the 75-year-old leader of the Libyan National Army (LNA) is without a doubt a major player whose presence or absence will be determinative in the ongoing Libyan conflict.

Oman Invests in Tourism Sector to Diversify Oil-Based Economy

In an era of low oil prices, many of the world’s oil-exporters are looking to diversify their economies from reliance on this volatile commodity.
Iraq: Massive Protests Spread to Eastern Provinces

Iraq: Massive Protests Spread to Eastern Provinces

Protests erupted in Basra on July 8 and are now spreading to other Iraqi cities with no sign of ending soon. The social unrest that has overwhelmed the oil-rich region in the south of Iraq has resulted in the death of seven people, dozens of injuri...

The Rise of Renewable Energy in Mauritania

There is excitement in international development circles about the future of Africa and its economic potential. Yet, transforming the continent’s potential into reality poses a number of challenges.
Israel Closes Gaza Border Crossing to Everything But Humanitarian Relief

Israel Closes Gaza Border Crossing to Everything But Humanitarian Relief

The United Nations criticized Israel this past week for closing the Karam Abu Salem border crossing (also known as Kerem Shalom) between Israel and Gaza, warning that the measure could have negative repercussions.

Saudi-Iranian Rivalry: Israel’s Stake in the Game

Saudi-Iranian relations have deteriorated over the last few years leaving a rift between the two that has sparked a number of proxy wars in the region. The growing rivalry between the two denominations of Islam, Sunni and Shi’a, is endangering the M...

Iran Threatens Closure of Strait of Hormuz, Inflaming Tensions with U.S.

In response to economic threats from the United States, Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a shipping route between the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman that is critical to the shipment of oil.
Russian-Backed, Pro-Assad Forces Broker Deraa Ceasefire 2

Russian-Backed, Pro-Assad Forces Broker Deraa Ceasefire

Syrian-regime forces backing President Bashar al-Assad have regained control of the southwestern city of Deraa and many of the surrounding towns in the Deraa Province following a 20-day offensive that began on June 19.

Djibouti Free Trade Zone Causes Concern Over China Expansion

Last week, Djibouti hosted the Africa-China Economic Forum which gathered various regional leaders including: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir. The event also coincided with th...
Morocco's "Let It Spoil" Boycott Part of Larger Societal Critique

Morocco’s “Let It Spoil” Boycott Part of Larger Societal Critique

From Hirak in the Rif, to teacher demonstrations in the capital, Palestinian solidarity marches in Casablanca, and the Jerada mining protests in the northeast, examples of post-2011 social movements abound.