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1572, Section: Opinion


Losing the plot: Israel’s premier to face new Gaza reality

Published on 11 September 2014 by Ramzy Baroud in Opinion

Aside from being a major military setback, Israel’s war on Gaza has also disoriented the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like never before. Since the announcement of a ceasefire on August 26, his statements appear erratic and particularly uncertain, an expected outcome of the Gaza war.

Yemen, the forgotten front

Published on 11 September 2014 by Nabeel Khoury in Opinion

Seemingly unrelated to the turmoil further north in the Levant, a quiet war has been going on in Yemen since the conclusion last January of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), orchestrated by UN special envoy, Jamal Benomar.

Islamic State is cementing, not destroying regional order

Published on 9 September 2014 by Sharif Nashashibi in Opinion

All the talk these days is about how the Islamic State (IS) is redrawing the map of the Middle East.

The irony of Saudi Arabia’s latest UN contribution

Published on 4 September 2014 by Anna Newby / in Opinion

On August 13, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia donated $100 million to the fledgling United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), an entity that King Abdullah first proposed in 2005 and formally inaugurated in 2011 with a $10 million contribution.

Can Nigerian youth destroy Boko Haram’s caliphate?

Published on 4 September 2014 by Daniel E. Agbiboa / / First published Aug. 31 in Opinion

September 2014 marks five months since Boko Haram, a militant armed group in northern Nigeria, abducted over two hundred schoolgirls from Chibok, in Borno State. The Chibok girls, kidnapped on April 14, have not been rescued yet. This is despite efforts by the US, the UK, France, China, and Israel to support Nigeria's efforts to turn the tide of the insurgency and rescue the Chibok girls being held hostage in the forest of Sambisa.

Against the odds: Syria’s flourishing mediascape

Published on 2 September 2014 by Enrico De Angelis and Donatella Della Ratta in Opinion

These days the attention of the international public seems to have been captured by the Islamic State’s online propaganda war and its skills in mastering social media campaigns. However, there is another, less trumpeted, media revolution happening in the Arab region.

The new Arab cold war

Published on 2 September 2014 by Jacob Strokes Steven A. Cook in Opinion

A bitter proxy war is being waged in the Middle East. It stretches from Iraq to Lebanon and reaches into North Africa, taking lives in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt's Western Desert, and now Libya.

Why Israelis saw the Gaza war differently

Published on 2 September 2014 by Daniel Ben Simon in Opinion

The Gaza war was quite a strange one. It exposed Israelis to phenomena unlike anything they had known in the past.

Yemen’s Brain Drain

Published on 28 August 2014 by Dr. Murad Alazzany in Opinion

Intelligent, well-educated and experienced individuals constitute a precious resource to any society, but are particularly crucial to Yemen as it seeks to implement the outcomes of its National Dialogue Conference. The country’s fight to retain human capital and avoid “brain drain” is vital, as a loss of talent and minds will pose a serious threat to its political transition and development. Talented and intelligent people provide valuable role models to Yemen’s youth who must be inspired to stay and work in their home country.

The fall of Amran and the future of the Islah Party in Yemen

Published on 28 August 2014 by Charles Schmitz / Middle East Institute / First published Aug. 25 in Opinion

As the world’s attention was riveted on the lightening conquests of the Islamic State in Iraq, Yemen’s Houthi movement made an equally stunning but largely unnoticed military advance on Amran governorate and captured the provincial capital, Amran, in July. The fall of Amran has extraordinary political significance: The Houthi advance dislodged the Al-Ahmar family’s grip on the leadership of the Hashid tribal confederation, a central political pillar of the Yemeni Republic since 1962, and threatens the survival of the Islah Party itself.