Politics & Society

US-Taliban Peace Talks Heighten Tensions Between Qatar and UAE

As negotiations continue between the U.S. and the Taliban to broker a ceasefire in the 17-year war in Afghanistan, Gulf rivals, Qatar and the UAE, are gearing up to play a key role in the peace process.
Morocco Enters Third Week of Nationwide Teachers’ Strike

Morocco Enters Third Week of Nationwide Teachers’ Strike

Some 70,000 Moroccan teachers are demanding change after a new contract plunges their futures into doubt.
Mauritania Targets Qatar and the Brotherhood

Mauritania Targets Qatar and the Brotherhood

Mauritania’s authorities have joined leaders of several other Arab states in accusing Qatar of fueling regional instability.
EU Leaders Ignore Egyptian Executions, Align with Autocrat Al-Sisi

EU Leaders Ignore Egyptian Executions, Align with Autocrat Al-Sisi

As the world harshly condemned the recent spike in Egypt’s executions of young Egyptians, EU leaders met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt to consolidate Euro-Arab cooperation.
Tunisia’s Undemocratic Three-Year State of Emergency

Tunisia’s Undemocratic Three-Year State of Emergency

Citing threats of resurgent terrorism, Tunisia’s government is prolonging a state of emergency imposed in 2016 that permits continuing abuses of its citizens’ human rights. Contrary to the government’s claims, continued exercise of emergency powers only threatens the country’s democracy and stability, creating conditions conducive to the reemergence of extremism.
Building Sandcastles Money Laundering Through Dubai’s Luxury Real Estate Market

Building Sandcastles: Money Laundering Through Dubai’s Luxury Real Estate Market

Whether money launderers, kleptocrats, drug dealers, bank robbers, or ISIS, the common denominator of criminals worldwide is that they must move their money. With sanctions and tighter regulation in other places, Dubai has become a favored real estate market for pouring millions of dollars of illicit funds into luxury real estate.
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.
Illusions of Tolerance Pope’s Visit to UAE

Illusions of Tolerance: Pope’s Visit to UAE

Pope Francis’ visit to Abu Dhabi may be the UAE’s effort to rebrand itself as an open and tolerant society, but many see it as little more than window dressing.
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.