The UAE’s Crusade against Regional Democracy

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Civil societies and political actors in the Middle East and North Africa have continuously fought for democratic change and positive reforms since the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Yet they have faced setbacks and even defeat since—partly owing… Continue Reading  

Efforts to Return Syria’s Assad to Arab Fold Amount to Hollow Victory for Autocrats

by James M. Dorsey Two developments, the pending return of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to the Arab fold and protests in Sudan, Jordan and Tunisia, send contradictory messages of where the Middle East and North Africa are headed.

Poll Has Troubling News About State of Affairs of Tunisia and Egypt

by James J. Zogby Eight years after the unfolding of the events of “Arab Spring,” Tunisians and Egyptians appear deeply displeased about the situations in their respective countries. When asked whether their countries were moving in the right or wrong… Continue Reading  

Saudi Diplomatic Offensive: Forget Khashoggi, Thwart Qatar

by James M. Dorsey As Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman tours friendly Arab nations in advance of the Group of 20 (G-20) industrialized nations summit in Argentina, Saudi diplomacy aims to achieve two goals: put the killing of journalist… Continue Reading  

Tunisia Feels Heat from the GCC

by Giorgio Cafiero and Khalid al-Jaber On December 22, tension between Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) heated up. Citing “credible security information” about militant female members of the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) planning on entering the UAE… Continue Reading