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Students carry banners and chant slogans during a demonstration in Algiers, Algeria, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (AP)

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Keep your eye on these two critical dynamics in Algeria and Sudan

| Apr. 14, 2019

BEIRUT — The ongoing street demonstrations in Algeria and Sudan and the high-level changes in leadership they have sparked include political developments that are very different from the Arab Uprisings of 2010-11 (the so-called “Arab Spring”). We should watch two dynamics, in particular, to find out if this is genuinely a historic moment of change, or another re-run of previous uprisings and some toppled leaders of Arab authoritarian states that did not fundamentally change how power is exercised or how citizens are treated.

Sudanese demonstrators gather outside the army headquarters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday, April 13, 2019. 

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Algeria, Sudan on the road to Arab statehood, sovereignty, and citizenship

| Apr. 11, 2019

BEIRUT — The nationwide street demonstrations that have now toppled two long-serving and ageing dictators in Algeria and Sudan are particularly poignant, because they occur in two pedigree countries in the modern Arab struggles for freedom and dignity.

(AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum)

(AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum)

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Why Do Arabs Keep Marching in the Streets?

| Mar. 06, 2019

BEIRUT — It is remarkable that peaceful street protests and demonstrations critical of the government have taken place simultaneously in recent weeks and months in at least 11 Arab countries. Ordinary people from all walks of life, but especially unemployed young men and women, continue to take to the streets in Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, Somalia, Palestine, Lebanon, and Morocco.

 (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

(AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

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Why We Should Worry About the Arab Region

| Feb. 10, 2019

BEIRUT — A great menace hovers over the Arab region and its people, and has started to nibble away at their societies and countries. Our region now is made up mostly of poor and vulnerable families, and it is corroding and fragmenting from within. Unlike the popular media images abroad of vast Arab wealth, the reality is the exact opposite. The Arab region is fracturing and disaggregating into a small group of wealthy people, a shrinking middle class, and masses of poor, vulnerable, and marginalized people who now account for 2/3 of all Arabs. Some 250 million people, out of a total Arab population of 400 million, are poor, vulnerable, and marginalized, according to important new research by Arab and international organizations.

(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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Understanding Syria Today is Not Baseball…or Is It?

| Dec. 21, 2018

BOSTON — The announced abrupt U.S. withdrawal from Syria has sparked widespread speculation about what we might expect next, with most U.S.-based analysts emphasizing the “who wins and who loses” approach to their conclusions. This is understandable in a society whose foreign policy is heavily mercantile, self-centered, militaristic, and absolutist in its strategies and tactics, but it misleads the public that listens to such narrow views.

(AP Photo/ Gabriel Chaim)

(AP Photo/ Gabriel Chaim)

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Many Ugly Lessons from the U.S. Departure from Syria

| Dec. 19, 2018

NEW YORK — The United States’ announcement that its troops will leave Syria as soon as possible marks one more important stage in the recent evolution of strategic and diplomatic moves across the Middle East — anchored in Syria, of course, as many such moves have been for most of the past century, and much of the last four millennia before that. This episode is worth pondering by those who wonder why and how things happen in the Middle East, and how foreign powers should interact with our societies, countries, and political power centers.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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A tripartite Middle East destruction machine starts to fade

| Dec. 14, 2018

BOSTON — This is a historic moment in relations between the United States and the Middle East, because we may be witnessing the beginning of the decline of that combination of forces that has been at once the most destructive and the most powerful in our modern history. I am speaking about the U.S.-Israel-Saudi Arabia close relationship that reached its apex, and saw its Israeli-Saudi Arabian dimension emerge into the public, in the past two years of the Donald Trump administration.

The members of Arab-Turkish Media Association and friends hold posters as they attend funeral prayers in absentia for Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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CIA leaks spark new era in Khashoggi case

| Nov. 19, 2018

BOSTON — The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s leaks to several American news organizations this weekend that it believes with “high confidence” that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has triggered a series of fascinating political contests and confrontations that may profoundly impact several decision-decision-making spheres in Washington, within Saudi Arabia, and between the United States and foreign countries. We enter uncharted terrain here with potentially tumultuous results, largely because of the unprecedented, unpredictable, and mostly uninformed, uncaring, and dangerous nature of the Trump presidency and the rule of Mohammad Bin Salman.