Eleven years after the Arab Spring, the Middle East has yet to shed the mood of protest. There is now little that is revolutionary about its struggles of revolution, and Iran is only the latest country to be ensnared in the agitation called up by such desire. Expectations that citizens of MENA countries might become too dispirited to...
China’s interactions with the Middle East have grown this year. Despite negotiating a fraught world economy and sluggish economic growth at home, Beijing’s breathless activities have continued unabated, thickening China’s involvement in Middle Eastern affairs. Whether this foreshadows China becoming a meaningful political actor in the...
The explosion in Beirut last week was reportedly caused by the ignition of ammonium nitrate. But the events that led to blast can be traced back decades. Lebanon is at its most critical juncture since the end of the civil war. Corruption and economic mismanagement had bought the country to the precipice of economic catastrophe before the...