Although there is still much work to be done, women throughout the MENA region have proven that they have the power and the agency to create tangible change.
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The latest sentences are a continuation of the repressive crackdown on opposition to the current Egyptian government, and demonstrate the state’s dangerous expansion of control.
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As the situation in Iraq further crumbles, unlikely bedfellows look to stabilize the country and halt the advance of the terrorist organization ISIS. Is there a role for Iran and the West to work together?
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As violence continues to escalate within Iraq, the US and its allies, as well as regional powers, are facing the pressure to take action in order to de-escalate and stabilize the troubled country. The news is inundated with policy experts advocating every degree of intervention from boots on the ground to complete passivity.Read More
Until governments are able to hold elections that honor political diversity and freedom of expression, many groups within these societies will remain frustrated, disenfranchised and disempowered, which poses a threat to the economic and social development of these nations. In light of recent "democratic" elections in Egypt, Algeria, and Syria, let’s take a look at the Middle East’s long history of fraudulent elections.
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On June 2nd, 2014, a new Palestinian unity government was sworn into office. This step in the recent Hamas-Fatah reconciliation process has many Israelis worried about the role of Hamas in future Palestinian leadership. While the US State Department has formally agreed to work with this new unity government, there are important challenges and concerns that need to be addressed.
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On May 22, 2014 former Congressman Robert Wexler, president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center, visited UCLA for his talk on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "Is Peace Possible?" All too often, the American public is presented with mixed or biased narratives that result in an incomplete or misinformed understanding of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In order to bolster popular support for the peace negotiations, there needs to be a common understanding of the actual factors that shape the conflict and tenable solutions.Read More
Dozens of project proposals were submitted for the first ever Doha Prize for Economic Innovation. Out of almost fifty applications from across the region, a group of twelve finalists were chosen to present their ideas and projects to a group of seven judges at the 9th Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Conference. All twelve finalists showed outstanding commitment to addressing key social and economic problems within the MENA region, but five stood out for their depth of impact and the long-term sustainability of their projects.Read More