MENA Trends | Assassination of Former President Exacerbates Chaos in Yemen

By | 2017-12-12T09:13:31+00:00 08 December 2017|Categories: Mena Trends|

Last Saturday, former Yemeni president and veteran politician Ali Abdullah Saleh, who maintained a fragile alliance with the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, surprised observers by saying  he was ready to..

MENA Trends | A Status Report on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

By | 2017-12-12T09:04:59+00:00 08 December 2017|Categories: Mena Trends|

Days after President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, stuck in a protracted feud — just where it..

MENA Trends | MBS, the Modernist Moderate, is a Breath of Fresh Air

By | 2017-12-12T08:59:26+00:00 01 December 2017|Categories: Mena Trends|

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is a breath of fresh air amidst a Middle East environment of repressive authoritarian rulers and social stagnation, particularly in Saudi Arabia..

MENA Trends | As Syrian Conflict Winds Down, Russia Tries to Move from Military to Diplomatic Role

By | 2017-12-12T08:52:14+00:00 01 December 2017|Categories: Mena Trends|

From Geneva to Riyadh to Sochi, influential players in the Middle East and the international community have been convening in recent weeks, drawing out scenarios to end the highly destructive..

MENA Trends | Is the Arab World Letting Bygones be Bygones?

By | 2017-11-06T08:18:10+00:00 06 November 2017|Categories: Mena Trends|Tags: , , |

Two developments in Middle East diplomacy this week — the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Council in Riyadh and the rare visit of influential Iraqi Shia Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to Jordan..

MENA Trends | US Treasury Taking Active Role in Foreign Policy

By | 2017-11-06T08:29:27+00:00 03 November 2017|Categories: Mena Trends|Tags: , |

As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to the Middle East last week to push for an end to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis, Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin..

MENA Trends | Egypt’s Dilemma: Extremism and Repression

By | 2017-11-06T08:29:38+00:00 03 November 2017|Categories: Mena Trends|Tags: , |

The foremost conceptual struggle in today’s Middle East is between secular authoritarianism and religious extremism.  This violent conflict plays out daily in Egypt, the region’s largest and potentially most powerful..

MENA Trends | With Help From Iran, Iraqi Government Reigns in the Kurds

By | 2017-11-06T08:30:21+00:00 20 October 2017|Categories: Mena Trends|Tags: , , |

Three weeks after Iraqi Kurds held an independence referendum, Iraqi state security forces have re-assumed authority over areas under de-facto Kurdish control — settling, for now, a tense territorial..