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Prospects of U.S.-Egypt Strategic Relations

Jeremiah J. Bowden | Posted 08.08.2015 | World
Jeremiah J. Bowden

After six years of waiting, the United States and Egypt have rekindled formal strategic dialogue. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Cairo symbolizes a rapprochement between the U.S. and one of the key players in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Progress in the Middle East and North Africa

Neil Ghosh | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Neil Ghosh

While significant development challenges remain in the region, progress is being made in a number of key areas by both governments and local communities.

Are Low Oil Prices Here to Stay?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It's often said that you can't get economists to agree on anything. Well, oil economists certainly can't agree on future prices, with commentators suggesting anything from $20 to $200. Seldom has there been such a discrepancy in forecasting, though the median forecasts seem to be somewhere between $60 and $70.

Economic Collapse Will Limit Climate Change, Predicts Climate Scientist

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
Till Bruckner

We face an avalanche of global disasters during our lifetime, and unless we slam the brakes on carbon pollution fast, the global economy will collapse to boot.

Women Entrepreneurs Shaking Up the Start-up Scene in the Middle East

Linda Mason | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Linda Mason

It takes a lot of courage to be a true entrepreneur in developing countries. As women entrepreneurs, we face the same challenges that all entrepreneurs face.

Women Entrepreneurs Shaking Up The Start-up Scene In The Middle East

Linda A. Mason | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Linda A. Mason

It takes a lot of courage to be a true entrepreneur in developing countries. As women entrepreneurs, we face the same challenges that all entrepreneurs face.

MENA's Misery Indices, a Story of Economic Failure

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

In my misery index, I calculate a ranking for all countries where suitable data exist. The misery index -- a simple sum of inflation, lending rates, and unemployment rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth -- is used to construct a ranking for 108 countries.

Be Unreasonable About the New Climate Economy

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 02.23.2015 | Green
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

The MENA region has timidly begun on a path to making its societies climate-ready and its energy policies climate-friendly. Given its resources, it can play a central role in moving to the new climate economy. And yet despite progress, there is still a long way to go.

'Stand Up for What You Care About': The Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

This year the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, in its second edition, is going to be phenomenal, mark my words. The six-day event will kick off with the world premiere of Amber Fares' Speed Sisters, a documentary featuring the stories of Marah, Mona, Betty, Noor and Maysoon -- the first all-woman rally-racing team in the Middle East.

Oil - A Question of Economics

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Luay Al Khatteeb

The recent debate over falling oil prices has become an over simplified economic question of supply and demand, ignoring other interrelated economic theories.

Middle East and North Africa: A Fatal Attraction

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

My Misery Index allows us to obtain a clear picture of the current economic situation. The Index is the simple sum of the inflation rate, unemployment rate and bank lending rate, minus per capita GDP growth.

'The Cannes Diaries': A Pre-Festival, Last-Minute Checklist

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

If you're looking for reviews, there are brilliant men and women out there who do it all beautifully. But if you're looking for highlights, fun tidbits and a slightly different way of looking at the grandest film festival in the world, you're in the right place.

Mother's Day From Near and Far

Maryam Zar | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Maryam Zar

On the approach to Mother's Day, there's the frivolous smell of flowers in the air, the spur of reservations abound and the light giggle of moms antic...

The Gulf Should Pivot East and Build the 'New Silk Road'

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

A new multi-polar world has emerged over the past 30 years that has shattered the post-WW II paradigm and structure, and the near hegemony of the US whose economic, financial and military power is waning.

'Middle East Now': Changing the World, One Film at a Time

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Personally, I feel that the elusive "peace" -- along with inseparable companions, justice and equality -- in the region will come out of what one filmmaker calls "artistic resistance."

Fran Mires Talks Rayhein ala Fein, Egypt's Popular Reality Show, at DIFF

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I was a bit skeptical, but in just under ten years, Al Hurra has achieved a great deal in the MENA Region and a grand part of that has been due to the presence of Fran Mires, program developer and television executive for the network.

How to Move Up in Egypt

Kamal Abdoun | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Kamal Abdoun

My name is Kamal Abdoun and I am 24 years old. I was born in Sharkia, Egypt. I live with 5 family members, and have a younger brother and sister.

How Do You Get A Job After A Revolution?

Ibrahim Sobhi | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Ibrahim Sobhi

I am Ibrahim Sobhi, 24 years old, born in a city in the middle delta of Egypt called ElSanta.

Catalyzing Employment Opportunities in the Middle East & North Africa: Enhanced Interventions by the Private Sector

Samer Khoury | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Samer Khoury

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region suffers from severe youth unemployment that is further compounded by a talent mismatch between the demands of job creators and the supply of human capital that is too often trained with irrelevant content and outdated methods at stagnant centers of higher education.

What University Doesn't Teach: Making Our Education Meaningful in Tunisia

Zied Dahmani | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Zied Dahmani

My name is Zied Dahmani. I am a Tunisian Civil Engineer. Actually, I am working with Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) in Qatar as a site civil engineer in Lusail Stadium Project for the Handball World Cup 2015.

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

Impossible to I'M POSSIBLE: What Can Happen When Yemeni Women Work

Haifa Almaqtari | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Haifa Almaqtari

My name is Haifa Almaqtari and I am 26 years old. I was born in Hodeidah in Yemen, in a big family of nine members. In a city like Hodeidah, life is difficult.

The Real Arab Spring Is About Women and Economic Development

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

Despite much improvement in women's status over the last few decades, women still own only 1 percent of the world's wealth, earn only a 10 percent share of global income, and occupy just 14 percent of leadership positions in the private and public sector, despite making up more than half of the world's population.

A Woman's Work: Powering Up in the MENA Region

Leena Al Olaimy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Leena Al Olaimy

The Middle East and North Africa region represents a wildly diverse variety of cultures, customs, religions and political groups. And the relationship...

MENA Healthcare Needs to Go Mobile

Jamil Wyne | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Jamil Wyne

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should take advantage of its mobile penetration and entrepreneurial activity to improve its healthcare systems.