Feeds from selected media sources and outlets.
  • The Migration Driven by Developed Countries
    LAGOS—About a year ago, Dolapo Oni appeared to have it all. He was the head of energy research for a pan-African bank in Nigeria’s biggest city, had a healthy (and growing) amount of savings and investments, and ran an e-commerce business on the side. He even liked his local gym.Then he resigned and moved with his family to Canada, eventually getting a job as an investment associate in a wealth-management firm in Calgary. His previous employer in Lagos promoted someone to replace him soon after, but, like Oni, he quit and moved to Calgary. This time, rather than search for ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2020-01-17
  • The War Machine Is Run on Contracts
    Mike Jabbar never met his replacement. But when Nawres Hamid died in a rocket attack on a military base in Iraq after Christmas, Jabbar saw photos of the wreckage and recognized the American flag he himself had helped paint on the door of a room now mangled. That was his old room, on his old base. It could have been him.“Imagine something like that happens, knowing that you were supposed to be there and you weren’t there, and the person that replaced you is gone,” Jabbar, who like Hamid served as a translator for the U.S. military, told me in ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2020-01-17
  • Donald Trump Stumbles Into a Foreign-Policy Triumph
    A year and a half into Donald Trump’s presidency, Henry Kissinger set out a theory. “I think Trump may be one of those figures in history who appears from time to time to mark the end of an era and to force it to give up its old pretences,” he told the Financial Times. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that he knows this, or that he is considering any great alternative. It could just be an accident.”A term has been coined to describe this notion: Ryan Evans of War on the Rocks calls them “Trumportunities.” It is the idea that, whether ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2020-01-16
  • Oman’s New Sultan Needs to Take Bold Economic Steps
    16 January 2020 Dr John Sfakianakis Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme The country is in a good regional position, but the economy is at a crossroads. 2020-01-16-SultanHaitham2.jpg Sultan Haitham bin Tariq speaks during a swearing in ceremony as Oman's new leader. Photo: Getty Images. The transition of power in Oman from the deceased Sultan Qaboos to his nephew and the country’s new ruler, Sultan Haitham bin ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2020-01-16
  • The Struggle for the State in Syria
    Research Event 11 March 2020 - 9:00am to 6:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE This conference brings together policymakers, experts, academics and civil society leaders to explore the current condition of the state in Syria. It will discuss the structure, interrelations and importance of the regime’s core institutions and their interactions with international actors. It will also highlight the regime’s different approaches in dealing with state institutions and non-state actors.The speakers will discuss governance dynamics in north-western Syria and the east Euphrates ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2020-01-14
  • Iran Crisis: The Impact on Oil Markets
    14 January 2020 Professor Paul Stevens Distinguished Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme The assassination of Qassem Soleimani has exacerbated the sensitivity of oil markets to political events and brought geopolitics back into global oil prices. 2020-01-14-Hormuz.jpg Satellite image of the Strait of Hormuz. Photo: Getty Images. The assassination of General Qassem Soleimani has created much speculation about the possible impact on oil markets and – although any impact ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2020-01-14
  • Will Arab Anti-Zionism Revive?
    It's become conventional wisdom to point out that the old wall of Arab anti-Zionism has fractured. I have done so myself. But lingering hostility against Israel could explode anew. A brief history of Arab attitudes toward the Jewish state puts this ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2020-01-06
  • 2019’s Biggest Hits at
    As I have done previously (2015, 2017, 2018), here is a roundup of the most popular articles, blog posts, speeches, and interviews on my web site,, in the just-concluded year. (The statistics below concern only, not ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2020-01-02
  • Why I Am Not a Populist
    Populism has made great strides in the West. But it is misguided, and I greatly hope it fails. There's no standard definition for populism but it always includes some degree of denigrating the rich and powerful while praising the virtuous and innocent ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-11-26