In a time of entrenched conflicts and historically low oil prices, the challenges for policymakers throughout the region are steep. But that only makes finding the political will to move forward with the right reforms all the more important.
My situation is not unique. People coming from the Gulf and Europe to visit their families in Gaza lose their jobs, scholarships, or miss their classes -- all for wanting to see a sick parent or meet a new family member.
The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.
In all the years of Israel's existence with Palestinians nothing has prepared Israelis for this latest outburst of lone "kid wolf" Palestinian terror. Decades of shootings, missile strikes, bombings, kidnappings, and stonings, give way to the latest Palestinian weapon of terror, the kitchen knife.
Last month's tragic crane collapse in Mecca and stampede in Mina certainly damaged Saudi Arabia's prestige and have raised further question about Riyadh's capacity to effectively administer the Hajj.
The president pardoned three Al Jazeera journalists who had been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt because of their journalism. The trial was characterized by The New York Times as a "kangaroo court."
Over the past two decades, support by USAID and other Western donors has led to an explosion in the number of think tanks in developing countries. However, much of this money is still being given and taken behind closed doors, threatening to hurt rather than help the world's poor.
It was a headline week for the protection of cultural heritage. When leaders from more than 160 countries gathered in New York City last week, a main topic of discussion for the attending heads of state was how to combat the growing strength of violent extremist groups in the Middle East.
A staunch supporter of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, has called on the government to allow soccer fans, a pillar of anti-government protest, back into stadia that have largely been closed to the public for nearly five years.
This catastrophic funding crisis risks condemning generations of refugees to live in camps indefinitely. If the GCC could match aid for Syrians to the economic assistance it donates to friendly governments, the impact could be huge.
There's no shortage of workshops on media ethics and concomitant codes of conduct in Lebanon, but how are those guidelines being implemented?
hanks to a technicality in counting refugees, hundreds of outlets from Amnesty International to the Brookings Institution have claimed that Saudi Arabia has taken zero refugees -- a ludicrous, but rarely fact-checked statement given the comical lack of a "Great Arabian Wall."
I became a promising classical violinist by the age of 10. Two years later I joined the orchestra, and then I became leader of the orchestra. Glamorous, neat, classy, we toured everywhere playing classical music in opera houses. I loved it, but with every concert my "little dream" of becoming an astronaut was fading away without me even realizing.
Amidst the background of a violent conflict that is destroying Yemen, the UAE seeks to prove to the world that the wealthy emirates are capable of more than just spending billions of dollars to create a first-rate military with advanced weaponry.
It is common to hear stories from Egyptian women in their twenties, thirties and forties about the many arranged marriage attempts each of them have been through. Yes, there are arranged marriages where it all ends happily ever after, but there seem to be many heartbreaking tales.
The kingdom may find that a less intolerant, more inclusive approach, coupled with greater sensitivity to popular political, social and economic aspirations, apart from a greater willingness to cooperate with regional rivals, offers better hope for stability and security.