March 2022 Polling
Polling Indicates Widespread Frustration in Lebanon and Sectarian Disagreement on Global Powers
Lebanese Shia, Sunnis, and Christians are increasingly divided on the United States and Russia, while China maintains cross-sectarian favorability and ties with Iran have jumped in importance among Sunnis.
May 19, 2022◆
- Carol Silber
MENA Already Had a Food Crisis; Polling Shows Majority Agree Russia Is Making It Worse
While Arabs polled in March see Russia as responsible for spiking food prices, frustration with prior governance failures and economic challenges are also evident in certain Arab states with struggling economies.
May 18, 2022◆
- Catherine Cleveland
Russian Move on Ukraine Opposed by Most Jordanians, Who Prefer Ties with United States
A new public opinion poll in Jordan, commissioned by The Washington Institute and conducted in March, documents a surprisingly solid popular rejection of Russia’s “military action” in Ukraine.
Apr 26, 2022◆
- David Pollock
The “Full Barzani”: How Diplomatic Meetings with the Barzani Family Are Shaping Iraqi Kurdish Politics
For high-ranking officials visiting the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, there is a well-established expectation that they will meet separately with three political figures from the same family and party: Masoud, Nechirvan, and Masrour Barzani of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
Apr 8, 2022
The Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq: A Political Bargaining Chip?
Political tensions in Iraq have escalated amid ongoing disagreements on government formation as two main political blocs vye for power, with Iraq’s constitutional deadline for electing a president expiring earlier this week.
Apr 8, 2022◆
- Mohanad Faris
From Syria to Ukraine: Mapping Parallels with Russian 'Ants’ Crawl' and ‘Scorched Earth’ Strategies
More than two months into the faltering invasion of Ukraine, Russia appears to be recalculating its approach, resorting to a tactic Syrians are all too familiar with: 'Ants Crawl', or a scorched earth policy.
Jun 13, 2022◆
- Salahuddin Hawa
How Religion and Money Shape Russian Soft Power in Syria
While the world reacted with shock to Russia’s brutal assault on Ukraine since the February 24 invasion, understanding Russia’s role in Syria makes Putin’s actions in Ukraine look more like a pattern than an anomaly.
May 26, 2022◆
- Ishtar Al Shami
Aid for Security: The Gulf-Egypt Dynamic Supporting Egypt’s Economy
As Gulf states perceive the repercussions of the Arab Spring, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the potential disintegration of the Egyptian army as existential threats to their regimes, they have sustained the deteriorating Egyptian economy to maintain what they see as the sole guarantor of regional stability.
Jun 7, 2022◆
- Mohamed Abdelaziz
Cairo Acts on Its Fears of Radicalization After Afghanistan
The recent saga surrounding the implications of American withdrawal from Afghanistan has not gone unnoticed in Cairo. Egyptian policy circles believe it has opened the door for Islamist and extremist groups to gain momentum across the region, and regime messaging is framing the situation accordingly.
Sep 24, 2021◆
- Haisam Hassanein
The Ukraine Crisis
Refugees and Syria’s Lessons for Ukraine
With the war on Ukraine in its fourth week, many features of how the conflict will play out are still unknown. However, with the first wave of Ukrainian refugees already within its borders, European Union policymakers should be looking to learn lessons now from over a decade of conflict in Syria to help address and mitigate the fallout from the war on Ukraine.
Mar 23, 2022◆
- Liza M. Theriault
Arab Media Perspectives on the Ukraine Crisis
Over the past year, the Ukrainian crisis has reached a boiling point. While there have been few official Arab responses to the Ukrainian crisis, many regional media outlets have extensively covered the crisis and its potential impact on the Middle East.
Feb 3, 2022◆
- Mohamed Abdelaziz
Internet Access in Yemen Should Be an Opportunity for Cooperation, not a Target
Internet connectivity should be treated as a basic human right. Yemen urgently needs functional Internet for a variety of reasons, including facilitating humanitarian assistance and supporting economic recovery when the war ends.
Mar 4, 2022◆
- Nadia al-Sakkaf
- Justin Alexander
U.S. Middle East Policy
New Generation and the New Opposition in Iraq’s Parliament
Calls to reject the results of Iraq's October 10 parliamentary election by the Fateh alliance and other parties affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Forces that underperformed have garnered much attention. Yet the successful strategies and ideologies of relatively new parties that took seats in the recent election cycle deserve a closer look.
Jan 4, 2022◆
- Mohanad Adnan
Reflections on Iraq’s October Elections: The Good, the Bad, and the Still Unknown
While Iraq’s new electoral law did have some successes, the reforms it attempted to achieve will only be able to come to fruition if the Iraqi electorate is convinced that elections can make a tangible difference in their lives.
Oct 27, 2021◆
- Sardar Aziz