MENA Region

Water Conflict: Protests over Water, Pollution Flare in Iran

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A historic drought is bringing water pressures to the fore in Iran and adding to the authorities’ growing list of troubles.

OPEC Stabilizes Oil Markets, for Now

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In Vienna, OPEC+ displayed its greatest strength… and its greatest weakness.

Amid Strikes and Protests, Iran Braces for a New Wave of Sanctions

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Tehran tries to put one fire out while preparing for an inferno.

Yes, Yemen is Our Fault

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It’s time for the United States to stop being part of the problem in Yemen’s disastrous civil war, and start being part of the solution.

Jordan Protests Threaten to Disrupt a Key US Ally in the Middle East

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Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki has resigned but the protests rage on. Should King Abdullah II be worried?

EU to Go It Alone on Iran Nuclear Deal

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With their economic interests imperiled and domestic public opinion squarely behind them, EU leaders are looking into ways to save the Iran nuclear deal. However, good policy options will be few and far between, particularly for EU companies with high exposure to the US market.

Global Forecast (05-07-2018)

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President Erdogan campaigns on Manbij and the Iran nuclear deal nears its deadline day.

Egypt’s Samir Al Ghatas on the Nature of Terrorism

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Is terrorism fueled by economic, social, religious, or psychological factors?

Yemen Civil War: Houthis Fire Missile at Saudi Oil Tanker

Yemenwar, cc Flickr Felton Davis, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Houthi missile attacks against Saudi Arabia won’t do much damage, but they will propel the bloody Yemen civil war into news headlines the world over.

Grim Prospects for Turkey-Saudi Relations

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As is often the case in the Middle East, third-party bilateral relationships are driving Turkey and Saudi Arabia further apart.

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