Business for Peace Award
1569, Section: Opinion


Dictators in debt: Saudi Arabia’s pending deficit

Published on 2 October 2014 by Erin Kilbride in Opinion

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) could be heading for financial turmoil, potentially posting a deficit in 2015. For the Al-Saud monarchy, which depends on its massive cash reserves to quell dissent against the regime, recent warnings from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are not to be taken lightly.

The myth of collective Muslim responsibility

Published on 2 October 2014 by Sharif Nashashibi in Opinion

There was no shortage of “here we go again” moments in US President Barack Obama’s speech at the UN last week. One of them was his statement that “it is time for the world—especially Muslim communities—to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology” of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

The limits of the “sectarian” framing in Yemen

Published on 30 September 2014 by Stacey Philbrick Yadav in Opinion

It was 2005 when my Yemeni friends first started talking seriously about their fears that the Houthis would march on the capital Sana’a. The Houthis were never closer than the nearby province of Amran back then.

Libya: In search of neutrality

Published on 30 September 2014 by Karim Mezran in Opinion

As Libya continues to fragment, diplomats have mobilized to confront the current crisis.

Terrorism and the economy in Tunisia

Published on 25 September 2014 by Moez Labidi / / First published Sept. 22 in Opinion

ver the past two years, Tunisia has been plagued by terrorist attacks, characterized by car bombs and targeted political assassinations. In the wake of increased terrorist threats, economic recovery—largely overshadowed by the electoral process—remains in jeopardy. With persistently weak demand for Tunisian exports to Europe, the government’s hesitation to undertake the structural reforms, and excessive wage and subsidies bills, the Tunisian economy still suffers a lack of robust growth.

Desperately seeking in Libya: Outside mediation

Published on 25 September 2014 by Jason Pack / / First published Sept. 23 in Opinion

After the demise of the Qaddafi regime in 2011, questions loomed concerning how the various military, political, and tribal factions which banded together to overthrow Qaddafi could co-exist with one another. During the fighting, most towns were cut-off from either the rebel or the Qaddafi government. As such they formed municipal councils and began to administer their own affairs.

The price of abandoning Yemen

Published on 25 September 2014 by Ibrahim Sharqieh / / First published Sept. 22 in Opinion

In 2011, Yemenis rejoiced at the toppling of their dictatorial president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had ruled for 33 years. It was the third successful revolution of the Arab Spring, following the overthrow of dictators in Tunisia and Egypt. But, as elsewhere, reconciliation did not follow revolution.

An ideological pendulum in the Arab world

Published on 23 September 2014 by Sharif Nashashibi in Opinion

The tragedy of the Arab world is that people seem to be stuck between nationalistic and religious fascism

Conceptualizing Islam and Violence

Published on 18 September 2014 by Phil Dorroll in Opinion

In the West, many often assume Islam has a naturally close relationship with violence and coercion. This assumption is part of how Christianity and Islam are often compared in Western societies.

Convenient genocide: Another failed war to re-arrange the Middle East

Published on 18 September 2014 by Ramzy Baroud in Opinion

A few months ago, not many Americans, in fact Europeans as well, knew that a Yazidi sect in fact existed in northwest Iraq.