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ISIS Brutality Becomes a TV Series:

June 19th, 2017

During the 30-days of Ramadan, and while Muslims in the Arab world have been fasting since May 26, millions have tuned into Saudi Arabia's MBC to watch the first ever series about ISIS.

ISIS, Turkey and Oil: Interview with Pelicourt:

December 2nd, 2015

Robert Bensh discusses the myriad ways that ISIS and the Paris attack impact global energy security and geopolitics in the Middle East.

Viewpoints: Violence Between Israel and Palestine:

October 22nd, 2015

Since Israel restricted Muslim access to a holy site in Jerusalem, Israelis and Palestinians have plunged into a new battle in their eternal war.

Khalid al-Asaad Slaughtered by ISIS:

August 22nd, 2015

Khalid al-Asaad, an 83-year-old caretaker of antiquities in Syria, was beheaded by ISIS, but did not receive the same attention as a slain lion.

Gas Discoveries in the East Mediterranean:

June 16th, 2015

Countries in the East Mediterranean can use gas discoveries as a catalyst for regional cooperation, unlocking the region's production potential.

Viewpoints: Iraq and Syria's Ongoing Conflagration:

June 13th, 2015

Sectarian warfare in Iraq and a brutal regime in Syria have led to a level of violence and chaos that is extreme even by the Middle East's standards.

Viewpoints: Netanyahu Further Isolates Israel:

April 3rd, 2015

Through his increasingly belligerent position toward Palestinians and Iran, Netanyahu has managed to incense the United States, Israel's one indispensable ally.

Israel's Brick Wall:

October 2nd, 2011

Israel's unreasonableness, backed by U.S. opposition to Palestinian statehood, is bound to isolate Israel and undermine American influence in the region.

Saudi Arabia Continues to Turn Screws on U.S. Shale:

May 14th, 2015

Saudi Arabia has succeeded in maintaining its market share throughout the oil bust by continuing to ratchet up production.

World's 10 Biggest Energy Gluttons:

October 3rd, 2014

A look into which countries use the most energy per capita reveals some surprising results, from the Middle East to the Caribbean.

Overcoming ISIS: Transcending Sectarian Rivalries:

September 12th, 2014

The Western strategy of fighting warfare with warfare has only perpetuated sectarian divides, creating the very environment that fostered ISIS.

Viewpoints: Iraq Battles Multiple Crises:

August 12th, 2014

With ISIS continuing to terrorize and control broad swaths of the country, and with international intervention now underway, Iraq also faces a potential political crisis.

Palestine: Political Realities in an Explosive Region:

August 6th, 2014

Standing between Palestinians and a two-state resolve are a militant Hamas, a militant Israel and a Middle East flooded with weaponry of all kinds.

Gaza: The Middle East Children's Alliance:

July 21st, 2014

In this interview, MECA's Ziad Abbas discusses his organization's work to bring aid, clean water and creative outlets to Palestinian children in need.

ISIS and WMD: New Danger in the Middle East:

July 15th, 2014

As flames in the region climb higher and ISIS claims establishment of a caliphate, discord among regional and global forces prevents any meaningful solution.

Iraq: Consequence of Military Training:

June 19th, 2014

Decades of Western military intervention and training have stoked the fires of sectarianism and warfare in Iraq and the broader region.

Turkey: Broker for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:

June 8th, 2014

Despite Israel's ongoing sabotage of peace talks, Turkey continues to work toward reconciliation between theocratic rivals in the Middle East.

Israel and Palestine: A Bi-National Solution:

March 25th, 2014

Two decades of failed negotiations, perpetual conflict and an expanded occupation should encourage an alternative to the two-state solution.

Syria: the Misnomer of 'Combating Terrorism':

February 18th, 2014

In Syria and across the Middle East, every actor embroiled in conflict is considered a terrorist by someone, making resolutions exceedingly difficult to achieve.

Viewpoints: Saudi Arabia's Geopolitical Maneuvers:

November 22nd, 2013

In its battle for regional dominance and ongoing rivalry with Shi'ite Iran, Sunni Saudi Arabia is currently involved in a number of strategic battles throughout the Middle East.

Education Boycott in Israel and Palestine:

October 21st, 2013

An anti-normalization boycott of educational organizations in Israel and Palestine is making much-needed education and dialogue more difficult.

Libya Is a Failed State:

October 16th, 2013

Instability in Libya, a country where militias rove the land, was demonstrated last week when Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was captured in Tripoli.

Syria: Interview with Richard Gowan:

October 10th, 2013

Gowan discusses the obstacles to a peace process, including the fact that extremist rebel factions are unlikely to recognize any ceasefire arrived at in Geneva.

Egypt: Interview with Zachary Lockman:

September 18th, 2013

Lockman discusses the current struggle in Egypt among the Muslim Brotherhood, the revolutionaries of Tahrir Square and the military that has reclaimed power.

Syria: Center of a Region Inflamed:

September 9th, 2013

Whether driven by humanitarian aims or not, a U.S. military strike on Syria would be perceived as yet another forceful grab for regional and global hegemony.

Viewpoints: Syria's Ongoing Crisis:

September 4th, 2013

More than 110,000 civilians are dead. More than 2 million are refugees. The United States, France and Turkey are moving closer to military intervention.

Egypt: Consequences of Morsi's Removal:

July 30th, 2013

The Egyptian Armed Forces' removal of President Morsi has created a number of challenges related to democracy, political stability and the role of Islam.

Viewpoints: Egypt Struggles for Its Soul:

July 17th, 2013

Egypt's second wave of revolution in two years has caused deep divisions within the country, with ramifications that ripple across the region. presents a sampling of recent news coverage.

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