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The Media War in Syria

Exactly a year after the breakout of the Syrian uprising, Al-Arabiya TV did something extraordinary: it broadcast blow-by-blow details of …

Iraq under the Ba’ath

Arab politics has been dominated by personalities that are, in some ways, larger-than-life. Examples can be found outside the Gulf …

Turkey’s Biggest Export

“Either appear as you are,” the thirteenth century Sufi mystic Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi once famously said, “or be as you …

Yemen after Saleh

President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to relinquish his office in November 2011. He formally stepped down in February 2012 in …

The Odd Couple

Iran-Qatar relations face unprecedented uncertainty. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cancelled a planned trip to Doha in November 2011, and anti-Qatari Iranian …

A Region Transformed?

  The Arab World has experienced a number of shifts and shocks since the fall of the Ottoman Empire at …

How the Islamists Took Power

“How did that happen?” was the question asked by numerous Western commentators as the results of Tunisia’s first free elections …