Middle East

Lebanon battles to be born at last

By Roger Cohen, for The New York Times (*) BEIRUT — Lebanon was ahead of the game on civil war and now is last to the Arab Spring, or at least an Arab something — a vast, united exhalation of …

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Trump’s Middle East plan: Starting point or dead end?

A long-awaited “deal” gives Israel’s right wing what it wants. Of the many proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian peace rolled out over the decades, circumstances made the one President Trump announced on Tuesday the hardest to take seriously. While Mr. Trump …

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Rule of Law and Civil State (the 6th discussion paper)

By: King of Jordan Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein (*) In my previous five discussion papers, I put forward several ideas and visions related to Jordan’s political reform path. These included advancing crucial democratic practices, identifying the roles of stakeholders …

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Another Arab awakening is looming, warns a UN report

Arabs make up just 5% of the world’s population, but they account for about half the world’s terrorism and refugees The Economist (*) IN DECEMBER 2010 Egypt’s cabinet discussed the findings of their National Youth Survey. Only 16% of 18-29-year-olds …

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The Middle East Needs a Westphalian Moment not New Borders

By ; Younes Hassar, for International Policy Digest (*) Whole cities have been destroyed. Massacres and unspeakable atrocities have been visited upon an increasingly weary and desperate population. A growing flow of refugees and displaced persons wander across the roads …

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