New Perspectives on the Middle East and North Africa

Fighters outside of Kirkuk. Image taken from Wikicommons.

Middle East Weekly Roundup: August 16th, 2016

The Levant and Turkey Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent approximately six hours this week speaking to senior Israeli journalists. During the meetings, he presented them with an unmediated account of his achievements and worldview. According to the Prime Minister’s staff, he plans on continuing to meet with  traditional media...

Bombed out vehicles in Aleppo, 2012. Image courtesy of Wikicommons.

Middle East Weekly Roundup: August 8th, 2016

The Levant and Turkey Israel Israeli security forces arrested a senior official of one of the world’s largest Christian charities. He has been accused of funnelling tens of millions of dollars to Hamas, as well as £80,000 from British donations. The total amount is equivalent to 60% of the charity’s...

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Middle East Weekly Roundup: August 1st, 2016

The Levant and Turkey Lebanon According to the World Bank Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ferid Belhaj, the World Bank has renewed its commitment to support Lebanon over the next three years. The amount of grants and loans earmarked to Lebanon are over $1.5 billion. The funds...

Turkish protesters during the failed coup in mid-July, 2016. Image courtesy of http://www.wsj.com/articles/after-turkish-coup-attempt-jubilation-on-streetsand-worries-about-what-comes-next-1468692785

Middle East Weekly Roundup: July 26th, 2016

  The Levant and Turkey Israel Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold met with the President of Chad Idriss Deby at the presidential palace in Fada. Chad is the latest African nation to be visited by a top Israeli diplomat. According to spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon, the meeting represented an important...

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...

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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...