A Survey of Arab Youth Highlights Gaps between Policies and Aspirations

by James M. Dorsey Results of a recent annual survey of Arab youth concerns about their future suggest that Arab autocracies have yet to deliver expected public services and goods, explain autocratic efforts to promote nationalism, and indicate that jobs… Continue Reading  

How the Private Sector Supports Authoritarians in the Arab World

by Charles W. Dunne When the global resilience of authoritarianism and its causes are considered, the role played by governments, leaders, and international organizations and their policies in confronting or abetting dictatorships worldwide is often the focus of discussion. President… Continue Reading  

Arab anger: Governments and protesters walk a fine line

by James M. Dorsey A little noticed subtext to furious protests across the Middle East and North Africa against US President Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is simmering anger at Arab governments. The subtext… Continue Reading  

Arab Wars and Enduring Disarray

by Emile Nakhleh Arab intra-and inter-state wars in the past century have damaged the Arab world, led to entrenched dictatorships and deeper repression. These conflicts have stifled freedoms of thought, innovation, and creativity. They have alienated youth and created a… Continue Reading  

It’s Time for Washington and Riyadh to Defuse the War Hysteria

by Emile Nakhleh The ongoing conflict between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the devastating Saudi-led offensive in Yemen, the bellicose rhetoric towards Iran, the fracturing of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the regional involvement in the bloody Syrian civil war, are… Continue Reading