New Perspectives on the Middle East and North Africa

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From Modest Beginnings: The Growth of Civil Aviation in the Middle East

John Strickland is Director of JLS Consulting, a London-based air transport consultancy. He has over thirty years of experience in the industry and offers regular commentary and analysis on developments in the Middle East aviation market. Abstract The Persian Gulf states have positioned the Middle East as a pivotal player...

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Inside the Middle East: Egypt with Nabil Fahmy (Video)

On April 16, 2015, JMEPP Associate Editor Kristin Wagner interviewed Nabil Fahmy, Former Foreign Minister of Egypt and Dean and Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), American University Cairo. Watch the discussion of Egypt’s transitional process, public policy challenges, and foreign policy, including...

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Why There Should Be A Deal

On Sunday, March 29th, 2015, a senior Iran negotiator in the P5+1 nuclear talks, Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, told Persian news sources that there is no agreement taking place and there are “no plans” to continue the talks until March 31st—the day of the deadline. Earlier in March,...

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Are European Policymakers Making the Job of Terrorist Recruiters Easier?

On March 10th, the British parliament rushed through new anti-terror laws aimed at stopping potential jihadists from traveling abroad. In less than 15 minutes, it banned people subject to a “Terror Prevention and Investigation Measure” from boarding planes and obliged airlines to provide the government with detailed passenger lists. The...

An interview with Farmaz Fassihi

Changing Coverage in the Middle East: One Journalist’s Perspective

Covering the Middle East has fundamentally changed in the last decade, said Farnaz Fassihi, senior Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal at a Shorenstein Center event. Increased security threats toward journalists in the Middle East and the quick turnaround times required for digital publishing have made it more...

Al Raqeeb, an unrecognized Palestinian Bedouin village, sits outside the West Bank in the Israeli Negev region. The 110-year-old village has been destroyed 81 times by Israeli forces. The most recent demolition came in 2010, when bulldozers destroyed the village’s buildings, forcing the people to sleep in the town’s graveyard until civil society organizations arrived with tents. This village patriarch faces 48 court cases and a fine of 2 million shekels for the cost of the demolition. Because Al Raqeeb is in Israel and not the West Bank, its constituents get to vote.

Israeli Elections: A View from Palestine

As Israelis flocked to the polls in last week’s elections, the West Bank remained calm. The 4.1 million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza do not have the right to vote. Life went on as usual while only kilometers away, Israelis elected leaders who will determine policy affecting...

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JMEPP Interviews Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa

On February 26th, JMEPP Editor-in-Chief Nada Zohdy and Harvard Political Review staff writer Andrew O’Donohue interviewed Tunisia’s Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, before he delivered a public address at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, hosted by the Institute of Politics. You can watch his full speech, “Tunisia: A Start-Up Democracy,” here.   Mehdi...

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Egyptian Courts Take on FGM, But Can They Uproot the Practice Altogether?

In a landmark verdict handed down last Monday, an Egyptian doctor was convicted of the manslaughter of 13-year-old Suhair al-Bataa, who died during an illegal female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure. Dr. Raslan Fadl was initially acquitted in November 2014, triggering a wave of anger among activists and women’s rights advocates....

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Inside the Middle East: Kuwait (Video)

On December 9 2014, JMEPP Editor Zane Preston interviewed Dr. Abbas El-Mejren. Dr. Abbas El-Mejren is currently the Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Initiative, within the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Watch the video interview below to hear Dr. El-Mejren discuss economic development challenges and prospects for...