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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

Electoral Reform: What’s Really Needed in Iraq

Lina Musawy

June 19, 2018 — Among accusations of elections fraud and the burning of a warehouse storing half of Baghdad’s ballot boxes, Iraq’s electoral process appears to have experienced a dramatic challenge to its credibility. Given recent elections’ low participation rates, the Iraqi government may need to make a decisive change to the electoral system and the Independent High Electoral Commission in order to restore voter confidence and participation.

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Iran, Israel, Syria, and the U.S.: Views From China

David Pollock

June 6, 2018 — Next week, President Rouhani is due to visit China for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the margins of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Two weeks ago, coincidentally, I spoke in Shanghai at a mid-sized meeting billed as “the first conference on Syria ever held in China,” which afforded a rare opportunity for first-hand impressions of interactions among Chinese, Iranian, Syrian, and other key actors in the emerging, increasingly multipolar Middle East scene.

Will U.S. Policy Allow IS to Reemerge?

Abdelillah Bendaoudi

June 21, 2018 — Trump’s decision to pull out U.S. troops from Syria “very quickly” represents a significant shift from the administration’s previous policy of maintaining American troops on the ground indefinitely. But toppling IS from its de facto capital was only one part of the much larger battle to contain the organization, as IS’s losses in Syria have failed to eradicate its appeal to potential recruits.

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Can Jordan Dismantle the “Deep State” Moguls?

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Today, Jordan’s government is facing backlash after a long period of corruption labeled a “deep state” system. Citizens are organizing demonstrations rejecting federal decisions to increase taxes and impose further strict rules on the people that would negatively affect their livelihood.

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NGO Law in Egypt - Maged Atef (January 12, 2017) Writing from Egypt, BuzzFeed reporter Maged Atef explains how the most recent Egyptian law targeting NGOs may eliminate them altogether and cause irreparable damage to Egyptian society. While the government argues that these civil society groups aim to undermine the elected Egyptian government, their suppression will actually cause more harm than good.