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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

Jordan’s Shift Back to the Sunni-Israeli Coalition

Abdullah Sawalha

July 13, 2018 — Despite recent tensions between Jordan and other stakeholders in the Middle East, shifting dynamics across the region have recently led to the formation of a tentative U.S.-backed cooperation between Israel and several Sunni Arab states. So far, King Abdullah has resisted public pressure and has taken steps to further promote this rapprochement, a strategically wise decision.

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After the Match, Saudi Arabia Makes the Real Play

Danya Rubenstein-Markiewicz

July 13, 2018 — As the FIFA World Cup final approaches, a highlight this year for Saudi Arabia was its participation—the first time in over a decade. The kingdom has also viewed the Cup as a way to gain political traction and further its tourism initiatives, while broadcasting the country’s new image of modern progress and fomenting the Saudi-Qatari diplomatic war.

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The Algerian Press: On the Brink

Ahmed Marwane

July 2, 2018 — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in an attempt to assuage public pressure in 2011, was quick to announce that he would promote far-reaching political reforms. However, the state of journalism in the country has not improved much since.

Drawing on Past Lessons for Lasting Peace in Yemen

Moammar Al-Eryani

July 13, 2018 — While new peace talks for Yemen appear to be in the pipeline, the Houthi militia has been a party to a variety of mediation efforts and accords over the past several decades. Only the implantation of disarmament for the militia can prevent a continuation of this cycle.

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The Future of the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

Jiwan Soz

July 13, 2018 — According to recent reports, just over a million Syrian refugees are now living in Lebanon, and the country’s authorities are looking for solutions that will end the suffering on both ends. However, currently refugees are struggling to live in Lebanon, and the attitudes of some Lebanese have made life significantly harder.