New Perspectives on the Middle East and North Africa

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally. Photo taken by Gage Skidmore.

President Trump: The Arab World’s Perspective

Since launching his presidential bid last year, Donald Trump has come under fire for promising to “take” Iraq’s oil, ban Muslims from entering the United States, and subject terrorism suspects to “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” So how does the Arab world – which is the focus of some of Trump’s...

Violence in Yemen. Image courtesy of http://bit.ly/1Lcj8Wj

Middle East Weekly Roundup: July 18th, 2016

The Levant and Turkey Israel It appears unlikely that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will face conviction for a growing money laundering case being built by the Attorney General.  Former Tax Authority Attorney General Udi Barzilai assessed that Netanyahu would only be responsible for a “minor infraction” and that it...

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The Migration Crisis Facing the Arab World: Q&A with Dr. Noora Lori

Dr. Noora Lori is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University. Her research broadly focuses on the political economy of migration, the development of security institutions and international migration control, and the establishment and growth of national identity systems. She is particularly interested in the study of temporary...

Israeli Arab woman voting, March 2015. (Agence France-Presse)

Israel’s Arabs: Separate but Equal? 

International media and human rights groups place much focus on Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank and its accompanied detrimental effects. However, outside the confines of this well-reported conflict is the lesser-known and lesser-regarded condition of Israel’s own Arab population.  While Israeli Arabs are offered equal citizenship, freedoms, and...

Civilians help clean up the scene after a car bomb explosion at Baghdad's Shaab market, May 11, 2016.  (Associated Press)

Middle East Weekly Roundup: July 11th, 2016

  The Levant and Turkey Israel The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a groundbreaking visit to Ethiopia during his trip to Africa to strengthen ties between the two countries. During his Africa tour he also visited Kenya where he met with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta. He met with the...

ISIL In Libya. Taken from http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/6/stop-scaremongering-about-isil-in-libya.html

Middle East Weekly Roundup: July 5th, 2016

The Levant & Turkey Israel This past Monday saw Israel and Turkey finally reach an agreement to restore diplomatic ties, six years after the deaths of ten Turkish activists during a storming of the Mavi Marmara vessel.  While Turkey withdrew demands for an end to the Gaza blockade, Israel has...

The retaking of Fallujah. Taken from http://www.wsj.com/articles/iraq-begins-assault-on-islamic-state-in-fallujah-1463956289

Middle East Weekly Roundup: June 24th, 2016

The Levant and Turkey Israel Israel and Turkey will announce an agreement between the two nations to end their six-year diplomatic crisis and normalize relations later this week. After intensive diplomatic efforts by both sides, a compromise has been reached on the partial lifting of Israel’s blockage on the Gaza...

A Popular Mobilization fighter. Taken by Ahmad Shamloo Fard/Tasnim News Agency

Is the Battle for Fallujah a Battle Against Fallujah?

Fallujah, located 40 miles west of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, has long been known as the “city of mosques.” But since its capture by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Shia militias fighting to take the predominantly Sunni city have bestowed other epithets on Fallujah. One militia leader...

Hezbollah's flag. Image sourced from Wikicommons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hezbollah_Flag_(48708926).jpg

The Death of Hezbollah

Death of Hezbollah’s Military Commander Signifies a Disturbing Trend for the Shiite militia May 2016 came in with a bang; this time, the leadership of the Shiite militia Hezbollah is at the receiving end.  The cousin and brother-in-law of the late terror mastermind Imad Mougniyah and head of military operations...