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: April 13, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. President Trump's unexpected attack on Syria's Shayrat airbase imposed a new responsibility on the US to follow through with a well-thought out strategy that stands a good chance of ending Syria's horrific civil war.
Posted: February 23, 2017
UAE. Arab Reading Index dispels widespread inaccurate statistics, which placed reading levels in the region much lower than they really are.
Posted: December 16, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Although Christians have lived in the Middle East - the birthplace of Christianity - for nearly two thousand years, as a result of years of persecution and discrimination, especially in the past 15 years, they now constitute no more than 3-4% of the region's population, down from 20% a century ago.
Posted: November 24, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. This is part two of a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University, where I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America's role in the world.
Posted: November 23, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Iraqi forces and civilians in Mosul at risk from chlorine and mustard agents, but also radiological "dirty bomb".
Posted: November 18, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "In a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University, I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America's role in the world."
Posted: September 7, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The High Negotiations Commission's vision was unveiled in London under the auspices of the British Foreign Minister, Mr. Boris Johnson.
Posted: September 6, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The vision represents a comprehensive approach for the negotiating process, transitional phase and general principles for a new political future in Syria.
Posted: September 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The ongoing horror in Aleppo should awaken every global leader with an ounce of courage to step up and do whatever it takes to end the slaughter and inhuman suffering of the Syrian people.
Posted: July 29, 2016
JORDAN. Humanitarian access is still needed across Aleppo; Some 250,000 to 400,000 civilians remain in what was once Syria's largest city - not all of them want or are able to leave.
Posted: July 11, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Governance project failing so group is re-prioritizing insurgency; New IHS Conflict Monitor map shows areas under control and territory lost in past 18 months.
Posted: June 20, 2016
QATAR. eduTechnoz and Libraries Without Borders decided to work together after their representatives met within the framework of the WISE Accelerator.
Posted: June 15, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Ten-fold increase in airstrikes closes last road into Aleppo City.
Posted: June 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Shifting power relationships in the Middle East are reordering regional geopolitics, entrenching a stalemate of conflict that threatens to further destabilize the region.
Posted: May 25, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Award celebrates female journalists who have overcome threats, oppression and the glass ceiling in their pursuit of the truth.
date:Posted: April 27, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. If history shows us that science has spawned so many unintended discoveries, what is around the next corner of unintended scientific breakthroughs?
date:Posted: April 27, 2017
SAUDI ARABIA. Increase in foreign direct investment seen as part of efforts to diversify the economy and boost investment inflows into the kingdom; National Transformation Programme updates to be revealed at Saudi Forum 2017.
date:Posted: April 26, 2017
UAE. New PwC report finds an increasing need for mid-market accommodations to cater to a younger generation that does not put much emphasis on star ratings; Emerging markets will overtake developed markets as a tourism and hospitality destination but also as key provider of customers.