Business for Peace Award
1580, Section: Opinion


Oman’s uncertain future

Published on 30 October 2014 by Giorgio Cafiero in Opinion

Even as many Arab states have succumbed to sectarian violence and political tumult, the Sultanate of Oman has stood out as a beacon of tranquility and tolerance. Oman’s stability is largely attributed to the popularity of its leader, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said.

Foreign fighters: Foreign to whom?

Published on 30 October 2014 by Afzal Ashraf in Opinion

Until a few months ago, the term “foreign fighters” was foreign to all but practitioners of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism. With politicians and the media using the term on a daily basis, many ordinary people are left wondering what it means and why there is so much fuss around the topic.

Saudi Arabia: As executions rise, allies must focus more closely on warring anti-IS forces

Published on 30 October 2014 by Patrick Cockburn in Opinion

A Specialized Criminal Court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a prominent Shia clergyman, Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr, to death on vague charges of “breaking allegiance to the ruler” and “encouraging, leading, and participating in demonstrations.”

What will happen after Sana’a’s fall?

Published on 28 October 2014 by Maysaa Shuja Al-Deen in Opinion

Yemen entered a new era Sept. 21 after Sana’a’s fall, which will change the country’s map for the next decade or two. Still, the implications of this historic event and its risks have not been carefully examined.

Tunisia: The Arab world’s full-fledged democracy?

Published on 28 October 2014 by Soumaya Ghannoushi in Opinion

The spoils of the Arab Spring have been divided among many. If the most obvious beneficiaries have been the old guard, Arab autocrats, and their foreign allies, who have an equal interest in keeping the region firmly under their thumb, they have not been the only ones. Al-Qaeda’s share of the spoils has been substantial.

War without end: 12 years of US drone strikes in Yemen

Published on 23 October 2014 by Iona Craig in Opinion

The “Yemen model” is one of perpetual violence. The limits of what can be done in the name of “counter-terrorist” action often appear boundless.

Blowback in Yemen: Houthi advance is a Saudi nightmare

Published on 23 October 2014 by David Hearst in Opinion

Nothing illustrates the free-wheeling chaos of the Middle East better than what is going on in Yemen.

How to defeat the Islamic State’s war machine

Published on 21 October 2014 by Metin Turcan in Opinion

Although much has been written to explain the tactical military successes of the Islamic State (IS), there has not yet been a comprehensive assessment of how, since June 2014, IS has managed to rule over terrain larger than Lebanon to include eight million Iraqis and Syrians.

The Middle East needs a Marshall Plan

Published on 21 October 2014 by Judith Barnett in Opinion

On Oct. 12, representatives from international donor countries meeting in Cairo pledged $5.4 billion to help reconstruct Gaza after nearly two months of war between Hamas and Israel this summer. Barack Obama’s administration pledged to contribute $212 million, doubling US aid to the Palestinians this year.

Bahrain’s renewed campaign against human rights defenders

Published on 16 October 2014 by Husain Abdulla in Opinion

On Oct. 1, 2014, 12-year-old Malak Rajab excitedly welcomed her father Nabeel home following a three-month trip to Europe, where he had advocated for human rights and democratic reform for his home country of Bahrain.