INTERNATIONAL. Syria is clearly in a state of internal crisis. Facebook-organized protests were quickly stamped out in early February, but by mid-March, a faceless opposition had emerged from the flashpoint city of Daraa in Syria’s largely conservative Sunni southwest.
From Daraa, demonstrations spread to the Kurdish northeast, the coastal Latakia area, urban Sunni strongholds in Hama and Homs and to Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus. Feeling overwhelmed, the regime experimented with rhetoric on reforms while relying on much more familiar iron-fist methods in cracking down, arresting hund
Posted: February 12, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. A Syria in which the regime and IS, rather than other rebel groups, are the only real domestic players turns Bashar al-Assad into a pivotal cog in the fight against jihadism. That is something Saudi Arabia cannot allow to happen. To turn the tide, it needs a United States that is engaged and willing to do its bit.
Posted: February 5, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense announced it is prepared to deploy ground forces in Syria to fight ISIS, if the U.S.-led international coalition also deploys ground forces.
Posted: January 18, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The fault lay with the parties maintaining siege situations, which meant all sides, including the Government of Syria, which bore the primary responsibility for protecting its people.
Posted: January 15, 2016
SYRIA. "The people we met in Madaya were exhausted and extremely frail. Doctors were emotionally distressed and mentally drained, working round the clock with very limited resources."
Posted: January 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The U.S.-Russia standoff, surging nationalism in Europe, Turkey's re-emergence, low oil prices, falling Chinese consumption, military campaigns against the Islamic State and other geopolitical currents will tie in to and feed off of one another.
Posted: December 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Ideological confrontation of IS philosophy alone is unlikely to eradicate the threat. Tackling the root causes of the appeal of jihadism will.
Posted: December 4, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The evidence does plausibly point toward forcing realignment of local tribal groups against ISIS, and the maintenance of crucial supplies to resistance groups throughout the region, both corroborated with past actions by U.S. and coalition forces, and counterterrorism strategy.
Posted: December 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Though the deal represents the first comprehensive plan to address the migration crisis in Europe, it is constrained by the conflicting political interests of the negotiating governments.
Posted: November 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Global economic cost of terrorism reached all-time high at US$52.9 billion; Iraq continues to be the country most impacted by terrorism.
Posted: October 27, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Funds will help rapidly expand refugee support operations in Europe; Foundation has provided US$17.5 million over past two years to support Middle East refugees and internally displaced people.
Posted: October 17, 2015
INTERNATINAL. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in an address to Italian Government officials, thanked Italy for its "compassionate and courageous response" while continuing his strong call on all countries to bear more of the responsibility.
Posted: October 16, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. "He [Assad] killed hundreds of thousands of his people, displaced millions and destroyed the country as a whole...he has no future in Syria."
Posted: October 14, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Russia's only way out of what is likely to be a quagmire like Afghanistan, would be to ultimately install a Chechen-style Sunni potentate in Damascus. That would at best buy Russia time.
Posted: October 12, 2015
QATAR. Dr Riad Hijab's office in Doha issued a communiqué calling on all Syrians to unite and face the dangers besetting the country.
Posted: October 11, 2015
UAE. "The key to resolving conflicts in Iraq and Syria is the adoption of a comprehensive, inclusive approach that focuses on broad based politics. Russian involvement in Syria complicates such efforts.”
date:Posted: August 24, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. With disruptive technologies changing the way people move around, new EY report recommends governments look to citizen behaviour as the starting point for developing sustainable transport policy.
date:Posted: August 24, 2016
UAE. 92% of polled GCC SMEs already on social media; Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn driving unprecedented customer engagement for Arab SMEs, according to new Orient Planet Research report.