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  • Lessons from a Captor

    Lessons from a Captor
    The flow of foreign jihadists into Syria has become a worrying problem. Over a year ago, the rate at which they were entering the country had surpassed that witnessed during the Afghanistan conf...

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  • Editorial: Algeria’s Tragicomedy

    Editorial: Algeria’s Tragicomedy
    As presidential elections on April 17 draw nearer, Algerians are both protesting and joking about three-term President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for an unprecedented fourth te...

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  • New War, Old Faces

    New War, Old Faces
    Despite the pre-war strength—on paper—of the Syrian armed forces, the fighting in Syria has stretched the limits of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s military resources. Now in its fo...
Jacqueline Shoen
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on : Friday, 13 Jan, 2012

Redefining American Power

US President, Barack Obama, unveiled last week the US Department of Defense’s January 2012 defense strategy, Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. Based on the premise that economic fragility coupled with a changing global security environment, namely, the rise of China and political transition in the Middle East, call for a significant reshaping of US defense strategy, President Obama has proposed $489bn in defense cuts over the next 10 years, includin...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Friday, 13 Jan, 2012

Freezing Saleh’s Power

A Democratic Future for Yemen Tawakul Karman, chaired by Ginny Hill Chatham House “With you we will build a new world,” Karman told the London audience as she urged them to help freeze Saleh’s assets—the assets of his regime and the assets of his family. Money is power for Karman and many Yemenis, and that power was used to sustain the violence committed against the Yemeni public during their struggles since January 2011. According to the account Karman gave ...

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Bryan R. Gibson
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on : Thursday, 12 Jan, 2012

Holding Hormuz Hostage

Iran’s threat to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz—the narrow waterway in which one-fifth of the world’s daily oil supplies must pass—is a bluff, and the internation...

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Paula Mejia
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on : Thursday, 12 Jan, 2012

Speak no Evil

As the anniversary of Ben Ali’s departure approaches, many Tunisians are still amazed that with peaceful measures they were able to bring an end to his authoritarian regime. ...

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Alastair Beach
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on : Wednesday, 11 Jan, 2012

Voice of the People

Reporters are forever on the hunt for “real people” in their quest to unpick the fabric of a country. But where are they? How do they think and live? And in the case of Egy...

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Arwa Aburawa
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on : Wednesday, 11 Jan, 2012

E-waste, Egypt and the Digital Divide

Around two months ago, 170 nations met in Spain for a UN environmental conference and agreed to accelerate a ban on exporting e-waste from rich nations to the developing world....

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Tuesday, 10 Jan, 2012

The Tightrope Prime Minister

Tunisian Prime Minister, Hamadi Jebali, has committed himself to walking a fine line between advocating his own ideology of political Islam and safeguarding a stable democratic...

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Paula Mejia
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on : Monday, 9 Jan, 2012

Hope for Afghanistan

With the release of a statement this week announcing their plans to set up a political office, the Taliban created hopes for peace in a country long marred by conflict.  Follo...

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Andrew Bowen
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on : Monday, 9 Jan, 2012

A Shifting Axis

William B. Quandt has been a prominent voice in American foreign policy in the Middle East for over 30 years. Serving in the National Security Council under the Richard Nixon a...

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Amy Assad
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on : Friday, 6 Jan, 2012

The World Mourns Eve Arnold

The art world mourns an exceptional loss today as it is announced that world-renowned photojournalist Eve Arnold has died aged 99. The first woman to be admitted to the famo...

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