Hezbollah’s Push into Supermarkets Is Accelerating the Fragmentation of Lebanon By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 18, 2021
The news that Hezbollah was officially launching its own chain of supermarkets in Lebanon was greeted with derision on social media. Photos showed shelves packed… Continue readingHezbollah’s Push into Supermarkets Is Accelerating the Fragmentation of Lebanon
Is the Belt and Road Initiative Causing a Debt Crisis for China? By Joseph Dana - Apr 15, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced China to rethink the Belt and Road Initiative, the ambitious plan to connect large parts of the global economy through… Continue readingIs the Belt and Road Initiative Causing a Debt Crisis for China?
Can Lebanon and Israel Agree on a Maritime Border? By Burcu Ozcelik - Apr 14, 2021
Lebanon’s economy is in tatters. Still, the country might be saved from disaster if it can eventually benefit from hydrocarbon deposits off its shoreline. But… Continue readingCan Lebanon and Israel Agree on a Maritime Border?
Can Turkey Stay Friends With Both Ukraine and Russia? By Nikola Mikovic - Apr 11, 2021
As tensions rise between Ukraine and Russia, both countries are building up their military forces near the border. If the conflict escalates in the energy-rich… Continue readingCan Turkey Stay Friends With Both Ukraine and Russia?
Is Iran and China’s New Strategic Partnership a Game Changer for the Middle East? By Ellen Laipson - Apr 11, 2021
Late in March, the strategic partnership between Iran and China moved to a new phase. It was first launched in 2016 during Chinese President Xi… Continue readingIs Iran and China’s New Strategic Partnership a Game Changer for the Middle East?
Why Africa Must Build Up Its Pharmaceutical Industry By Michael Jennings - Apr 8, 2021
Six hundred million doses of Covid-19 vaccine were administered worldwide by the end of March. However, only 8 million had been given out in sub-Saharan… Continue readingWhy Africa Must Build Up Its Pharmaceutical Industry
We’re at a crossroad in the fight against Covid-19. Despite the historic global vaccination effort underway, variants and mutations of the virus keep popping up.… Continue readingCovid-19 and the Moral Argument Over Intellectual Property Rights
Is China Trying to Usurp the US’s Role in the Middle East? No, But It’s Complicated By Yun Sun - Apr 5, 2021
On April 6, parties to the Iran nuclear deal met in Vienna to identify “needed actions,” including lifting sanctions and imposing implementation measures, for a… Continue readingIs China Trying to Usurp the US’s Role in the Middle East? No, But It’s Complicated
Iran’s ‘Resistance Economy’ Hasn’t Worked Before And It Won’t Work Now By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Apr 4, 2021
Friends of the Iranian regime have been doubling their efforts to convince Joe Biden to return to the nuclear deal with Tehran. But their problem… Continue readingIran’s ‘Resistance Economy’ Hasn’t Worked Before And It Won’t Work Now
Turkey Wants More Friends, But Won’t Change Behavior That’s Made Enemies By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 4, 2021
Turkey’s president faced his Justice and Development Party (AKP) congress last week for the first time in three years and claimed a new vision for… Continue readingTurkey Wants More Friends, But Won’t Change Behavior That’s Made Enemies
Transition in Iran Will Threaten Security at Home and Abroad By Dnyanesh Kamat - Mar 31, 2021
When is a republic not a republic? When an incumbent leader lays the groundwork for his son to succeed him, which is exactly what Iran’s… Continue readingTransition in Iran Will Threaten Security at Home and Abroad
Covid-19’s Newest Symptom in Turkey: ‘Kitchen Inflation’ By Alexandra de Cramer - Mar 30, 2021
You know things are serious when supermarkets start locking away baby formula. Over the past year, 28,000 people in Turkey might have died of… Continue readingCovid-19’s Newest Symptom in Turkey: ‘Kitchen Inflation’
The Hypocrisy Within ‘Freedom of Speech’ By Jonathan Gornall - Mar 29, 2021
Freedom of speech is a funny old thing. You offend roughly two billion Muslims by publishing a series of crass drawings of the Prophet Mohammed… Continue readingThe Hypocrisy Within ‘Freedom of Speech’
Will Flexible Working Still Work After the Pandemic? By Robert Nichols - Mar 28, 2021
For people who have spent the past year working from home, speculation now is growing over when and how they will return to the office.… Continue readingWill Flexible Working Still Work After the Pandemic?
India Is Taking Apart the Internet By Joseph Dana - Mar 25, 2021
The world’s largest democracy has an internet problem. More specifically, it has a problem with censorship on the internet. While all eyes have been trained… Continue readingIndia Is Taking Apart the Internet