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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

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The Arab Minority in Israel and the Knesset Elections

Khader Sawaed

Despite their electoral divisions over the years, with the exception of the period between 2015 and 2018, Arab parties have fought for the same causes and struggled against the same issues that have beset Arab citizens for decades. The Arab minority’s marginalization in Israeli public life is damaging not only to the minority itself, but also to the interests of Israel as a state and to broader Israeli society.

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Algeria: What's Next for a Changing Country?

Zine Labidine Ghebouli

Over the past month, Algeria has witnessed the largest protests in its modern history as millions contested the announced fifth term of current president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Much is riding on the ability of the current system to effectively shape a new political path, while protesters must avoid escalating the situation into an irreversible path towards instability.

For Syrians, the Golan Question Is a Deferred Issue


Following Trump’s announcement that Washington would acknowledge Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the question of this area, occupied since 1967, has reemerged and captured the attention of the Syrian public. However, the Golan question is far from a new issue among Syrian circles.