AFGHANISTAN What the US and its allies left behind in Afghanistan. Amin Saikal, The Strategist: The Afghanistan war is over for the United States and its allies. But the suffering of the Afghan people has multiplied under the extremist, repressive rule of the Taliban in the name of Islam. No country today is in as […]
The Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative in partnership with ABANA is convening a virtual event series to shed light on the changing financial technology (FinTech) landscape in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, identify challenges and opportunities, and explore policy recommendations. The first webinar in the series held on October 26 focused on financial […]
Water splashing hands. (Photo: Shutterstock) When he first arrived in Jordan, Abd was shocked by the lack of water. He fled Syria in 2013 after the destruction of his house and out of fear for his children’s lives. But since arriving in Jordan, he has grown accustomed to conserving water and using less of it. […]
Climate change is exacerbating one of the most grueling challenges of our times—water scarcity. Rising temperatures, recurrent droughts, and diminished river flows are endangering water supplies globally. As a result, approximately 2.3 billion people worldwide live under extreme water-stress, and these figures are only projected to multiply with population growth. Rapidly depleting freshwater resources coupled […]
Amy Slipowitz and Amy Hawthorne Freedom House recently published its prominent annual report, Freedom in the World, which assesses the state of political rights and civil liberties in 210 countries and territories. POMED’s Amy Hawthorne asked Freedom House’s Amy Slipowitz, the research manager of Freedom in the World, about key findings for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) […]
Yasmina Abouzzohour One year after countries in the Middle East and around the world declared national health emergencies due to the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds are protesting in Jordan following the death of at least six COVID-19 patients due to hospital oxygen shortages.
The World Bank vice president for the Middle East and North Africa discusses the financial impact of ongoing conflicts. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) accounts for a large share of the world’s petroleum production and exports. But despite the region’s natural wealth, years of conflict and turmoil have triggered many political and economic […]