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Fikra Forum

Fikra Forum

خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

The Aleppo Betrayal

Hassan Mneimneh

The Syrian war has operated at three hierarchical levels—local, regional, and international. The assessment of agency and responsibility has varied considerably as a function of the level considered.

Islamists of Kurdistan: Contradictions Between Identity and Freedom

Khaled Sulaiman

Through proper cooperation, Islamist leaders may be able to unify the Kurdistan Islamic Union, the Kurdish Islamic Group, and the Kurdish Islamic Movement - but they must take a clear stance on freedom of expression and intellectual, literary, and artistic creativity, not to mention women and religious minorities’ freedoms and rights.

Would an Oil Production Freeze Save Algeria?

Yacine Boudhane

The collapse in oil prices is a major opportunity for the Algerian government to revise its economic choices and look for an alternative economy that dissociates from a rentier economy and moves toward diversified revenues independently from oil revenues.