Algerian Uprising’s Regional Repercussions

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz On May 9, Algeria’s authorities arrested Louisa Hanoune and charged her with “conspiracy against the state” and “undermining the military.” Hanoune is not involved in the ongoing uprising, but she consistently spoke out against the harsh… Continue Reading  

Tensions Rising among Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE

by Cinzia Bianco Despite recurring indications that King Mohammed VI of Morocco was due to visit King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh at the end of April, no such visit has yet materialized—a new sign of rising tensions between… Continue Reading  

Signs of Redemption Amidst Arab Political Upheavals in the Age of Trump

by Emile Nakhleh The anti-regime convulsions currently underway in Algeria and Sudan are the latest version of an “Arab Spring” that erupted in 2011 and that Arab autocrats and their security regimes ultimately quashed. The massive street protests in Algeria… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia v. Morocco: Competing for the Mantle of Moderate Islam

by James M. Dorsey Lurking in the background of a Saudi-Moroccan spat over World Cup hosting rights and the Gulf crisis is a more fundamental competition for the mantle of spearheading promotion of a moderate interpretation of Islam. It’s a competition in… Continue Reading  

Trump and the Middle East: A Primer

by Emile Nakhleh Middle East leaders and publics, like the rest of the world, were stunned by the election results and the ascendance of Donald J. Trump to the White House. Middle East autocrats, like those elsewhere in the world,… Continue Reading