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Manal Omar
Manal Omar is the Associate Vice-President for the Middle East and Africa Center at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Manal has over fifteen years working in the field of women's rights, peacebuilding, humanitarian aid, and development. Manal is dedicated to creating a safe space for dialogue on current events in the Muslim and Arab world on identity, civil society, and women's rights.

Entries by Manal Omar

War on Islam Comes to Our Backyards

(82) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 10:39 PM

We are at war with Islam. Or so many people would like the world to believe. Whether it's the Islamic State or anti-Islam protestors across the U.S, this narrative is determined to manifest the clash of civilizations between the West and Islam.

From the Central African Republic to Iraq...

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Yemeni Youth Central to Success

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 3:49 PM

with Colette Rausch, Director of Rule of Law Programs at USIP

Over the last nine months there has been a lot to divide Yemen. Popular uprisings in several governorates across Yemen led to a division between pro-government and opposition members across several cities. The one thing that...

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Women in Libya and the Arab Spring

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 5:57 PM

On November 2, the Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues and the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Central Asian Affairs organized a testimony for the Senate Foreign Relations committee on the role of women in the Arab Spring.

As part of...

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Getting to Know the Opposition

(12) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 7:11 AM

Co-authored by Tarkowski Tempelhof

With the overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi, Libya has a whole new political spectrum that covers a formal transitional government to remnants of the monarchy. Each will play some telling role over the next few months as the North African country struggles to redefine itself. Here's the...

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