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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

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Jordan Between Regional Threats and Internal Pressures: The Economic Key

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Jordan’s King Abdullah II came to power in February 1999 in the aftermath of King Hussein. For the past nineteen years of his rule, he has kept the kingdom stable, despite the hardships and challenges that the whole Middle East region is undergoing, ranging from radicalism to terrorism. He has made Jordan a model for others in terms of security and stability. Tensions persist -- but as this analysis will demonstrate, the main ones in Jordan have shifted from political, ethnic, or Islamic issues to economic ones, which are more amenable to gradualist reforms and compromises.

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The Future of Islamist Parties in Algeria

Ahmed Marwane

On November 24, 2017, the Islamist movement in Algeria suffered a defeat in the country’s election, reflecting and demonstrating a sharp decline in the popularity of Islamism. The Islamist coalition – composed of three parties: Front for Justice and Development, Islamic Renaissance Movement (Ennahda), and National Construction Movement – only won eight municipalities out of a total of 1,541. The candidates of these parties did not win membership in any of the forty-eight provincial assemblies of Algeria.

Ghaith al-Omari's Comments on Abdulhameed Hakeem "Who holds the keys of peace with Israel?"

Ghaith al-Omari

While the version of history presented in the article “Who Holds the Key to Peace with Israel” may be debatable, the general thrust of the article is both positive and accurate: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is indeed presenting a fundamentally new rhetoric when it comes to Israel, regional developments have created a confluence of interest among old enemies, and that represents an opportunity to be seized for the benefit of the whole region. What the article neglects, however, is the need for progress on the Palestinian track in order to achieve wider Arab rapprochement with Israel.

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Hassan Mneimneh Comment on Abdulhameed Hakeem’s "Who holds the keys of peace with Israel."

Hassan Mneimneh

Undoubtedly, the Palestinian cause has been used and abused by the leaders of Arab states and political movements. The fact that these leaders were able to invoke and manipulate the issue stems from the deep sense of injustice suffered by the Palestinians, from the perspective of societies in the Middle East — even those antipathetic to the Palestinian population (such as in Lebanon). It is, therefore, a serious omission for an article addressing the potential resolution of the conflict to analyze the situation with no reference to the underlying cause.

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Mohamed Abdelaziz's Comment on Abdulhameed Hakeem "Who holds the keys of peace with Israel?"

Mohamed Abdelaziz

In his latest piece on Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and Israel, a Saudi writer and General Manager of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah Abdulhameed Hakeem tries to wash Saudi Arabia's hands of the long history of animosity toward Israel. Instead, he holds the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and the Muslim Brotherhood responsible for seeding such hostility and pushing other Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, to adopt the same approach. In fact, the author is partly right that Nasser and his pan-Arabist ideology played a key role in fueling hostility against Israel. But claiming that Saudi Arabia blindly followed Nasser is historically inaccurate.