Middle East

Experts on Middle East Evaluate IMF Recommendations

February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – As Tunisia’s new constitution goes into effect and other transitioning Arab countries seek to address the social and economic grievances at the heart of citizen demands, there is a need to reexamine international economic policy toward the region. The IMF is the main driver of that policy and special attention should be paid to recommendations coming from the multi-lateral giant. 
 

Arab Uprisings & Social Justice

  • By Abdulla Zaid, New America Foundation; Hassan Sherry, Arab NGO Network for Development; Mahinour El-Badrawi, Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights; and Joshua Haber, New America Foundation
February 27, 2014
Economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are the most heavily subsidized in the world.

The Middle East’s Arc of Prosperity

  • By
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter,
  • New America Foundation
August 26, 2013 |
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Obama’s Silver Lining in Israel: Elections Weaken Netanyahu

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
January 23, 2013 |

When most Americans hear the results of yesterday’s Israeli elections, they’ll be confused. When Barack Obama hears them, however, he should feel at least a little hope.

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The Sidebar: Dispatch from Syria and Spy Doctors

January 17, 2013
Barak Barfi reports on the real state of the Syrian Civil War after returning from a recent trip to the country, and Charles Kenny explains why mixing public health campaigns with covert operations is disastrous. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Lost Tribes

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
January 15, 2013 |

Israelis will go to the polls on Jan. 22 to elect a new parliament and, by extension, government -- an event that has so far attracted relatively little international attention. Understandably so: Benjamin Netanyahu just came closer than any Israeli prime minister in more than two decades to serving out a full parliamentary term, and nobody expects him to lose. His putative challengers from the center have been unable to find, coalesce around, or attract enough support for a credible alternative candidate.

Surviving in Aleppo

  • By
  • Barak Barfi,
  • New America Foundation
January 14, 2013 |

ALEPPO, SYRIA — Kneeling on a rooftop, a woman jams a stick down a long pipe. With no electricity, residents now use diesel fuel for heat, which clogs the chimneys with soot. Nearby, on Bab al-Nayrab street, goats rummage through a quarter-mile of garbage. Its putrid stench extends even farther.

As fighting in Syria’s largest city enters its sixth month, the economy has ground to a halt. There is no electricity, and the prices of basic goods such as bread and cooking oil have skyrocketed. Residents are selling off their possessions to survive.

Aleppo Dispatch: The Dark Side of the Syrian Opposition

  • By
  • Barak Barfi,
  • New America Foundation
January 14, 2013 |

Ibrahim al-Halabi was confused by my questions. He could neither tell me how he landed himself in a makeshift prison cell nor respond to even simple queries, like what job he held. The 27-year-old had been picked up at a routine checkpoint in the city of Aleppo by rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighting the Syrian regime. When he could not provide identification papers, they arrested him.

Constitution Watch Podcast: Laying Down the Law

December 13, 2012
Elizabeth Weingarten and Marianne Ibrahim, the co-founder and executive manager of Egypt's Al-Gisr Center for Development and Dialogue, discuss the draft constitution's most controversial elements – and what must be changed before the articles are set in.

Constitution Watch Podcast: Hope and Chaos in Egypt

December 13, 2012
Leila Hilal talks to Nadine Sherif of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies about how the recent tumult in Egypt has coalesced the opposition to President Morsi in Cairo and strengthened the Egyptian national identity.They also discuss the most important elements of Egypt's draft constitution.
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