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Middle East and North Africa

Empowering the Next Generation of Changemakers

Vanessa Zuabi | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Vanessa Zuabi

"When I met Nadeen, I saw that one day, she could be the next biggest designer, but she simply had no source of support around her, and it was likely her talent would die without the right tools and resources."

How Jews, Muslims and Christians Are Making Peace Go Viral in the Middle East

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 05.23.2015 | Good News
Negar Mojtahedi

Taha, a young-handsome man from Tunisia got stuck in an elevator in Jordan with a beautiful stranger. She asked him where he was from. When he told her, she replied, "Omg, I love Tunisia! I am from Israel."

Abu Qatada Case Is No Victory for London

Adam Coogle | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
Adam Coogle

Under the spotlight of high-profile terrorism trials followed closely by the UK and international monitors, one might have expected Jordan to come to grips with its troubled history of extracting confessions through coercion, at least for this one case.

Three Graves, One Question: "Justice, When?"

Amna Guellali | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Amna Guellali

Many things have changed in Tunisia since the revolution. There is greater room for freedom. Everybody can express their opinions. But there is nevertheless one constant that hasn't altered one iota: an absence of will to prosecute and try those responsible for police violence.

Time for a Council of Europe in the Middle East and North Africa

Sasha Toperich | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Sasha Toperich

If some version of the Council of Europe were established in the Middle East and North Africa, it may serve as a good platform to address and resolve the leading obstacles to closer integration.

More 3D for US Foreign Policy: Moving Beyond Soft Diplomacy Through Global Health

James Bernstein, MD | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
James Bernstein, MD

With a growing number of American individuals, academic institutions, organizations, and businesses committed to providing needed care around the world, our government must get with the program by supporting and owning the efforts of these global health emissaries and entrepreneurs.

Bouteflika for Now -- But What's Next?

Charlotte Florance | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Florance

If Algeria is not opened-up to moderate multiparty democracy and the free-market system, it will become a breeding ground for religious extremism. Algeria needs political change, and it needs it quickly.

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.

Some Thoughts for This Year's World Economic Forum

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Ali Wyne

While America's regenerative capacity has thus far allowed it to offset underperforming governance, hoping or trusting that it'll do so indefinitely doesn't seem like a smart bet. Nor will avowing its exceptionalism address its systemic challenges.

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.

What Will President Obama Whisper in This King's Ear?

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Sunjeev Bery

As Morocco's strategic partner, the U.S. must ensure that its dollars, military support, and political support generate momentum for human rights. Moroccan authorities shouldn't be allowed to presume that their relationship with the U.S. is a blank check.

Look Harder, Work Closer, Lead Better: How to Meet the Challenges of 2014

Martina Gmür | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Martina Gmür

When it comes to identifying potential solutions to the world's greatest challenges, leaders and policy-makers are still too often locked in an old world, one-dimensional mindset.

Intrapreneurship Presents Solutions for MENA's Large Public Sector

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Intrapreneurship is characterized by the "start up" style of management, characterized by flexibility, innovation, and risk-taking. The objective is to circumvent bureaucracy and fast-track private sector development by harnessing or taking advantage of new opportunities and new processes or designs.

The Death of the Arab Spring

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

For all intents and purposes, the Arab Spring is dead. The Arab Winter has officially arrived.

Implications of Political Change in the Central African Republic

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.07.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

If we consider what has happened in countries such as Mali and Sudan, and what is now happening in the CAR, it appears that radical political change in the failed or failing states of SSA is the new normal.

Remember, Remember the 29th of December

Freedom House | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Freedom House

The success or failure of Egypt's transition will have a significant effect on the rest of the Arab world, and the country's current economic, social, and political challenges are all but overwhelming.