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Playing With Fire

The escalating crisis over Iran’s nuclear program will not have a happy ending. Every conventional course of action that could …

The New Face of Syria

The President of the Syrian National Council (SNC), Burhan Ghalioun, considers the end of the Assad regime in Syria to …

Ports of Call

Tottering on the brink of default this past week, Greece once again hit the headlines as its government was reshuffled …

The Out of Towner

The escalating violence and repression unleashed by Bashar al-Assad against protestors in Syria has been “as horrific as it was …

Changing Times Call for Desperate Measures

The global financial crisis, coupled with popular uprisings across the MENA region, has forced many western actors to rethink the nature of their engagement with the Arab world. One such actor is the World Bank, which for decades has been the target of heavy criticism for its one size fits all neo-liberal policies that have largely failed to accomplish their goals. Can the bank’s new direction save it from irrelevance as the western world faces the rise of other powers vying to take its place?