Why Is Somalia’s Political Crisis So Difficult to Solve?

May 24, 2021

There seems to be no end in sight for the political crisis in Somalia. On February 8, the mandate of President Muhammad Abdullahi Muhammad, commonly known as Farmajo, expired without a date set for either parliamentary or presidential elections. The protests called by the opposition Council of the...

The Hidden History of Korean Anarchism

March 19, 2021

The Winners and Losers of Israel’s Normalization Deal With Morocco

December 15, 2020

On December 10, Israel and Morocco agreed to normalize relations. Israel has been trying to normalize relations with Arab-majority countries for decades. The process began in 1979 with Egypt. In 1994, Jordan followed. In recent months, Israel has normalized ties with the United Arab Emirates,...

Will Saudi Arabia Normalize Relations With Israel?

October 27, 2020

The UAE, Bahrain and Israel’s formalization of diplomatic relations has left many analysts speculating whether Saudi Arabia will also open ties with Tel Aviv.

Amid Normalization With Israel, Sudan’s Future Hangs in the Balance

October 26, 2020

On October 23, the Trump administration announced the agreement between Israel and Sudan to normalize relations. Ordinarily, such an agreement would be good for both countries. But for Sudan, still struggling with imposing democratic norms after decades of brutal dictatorship, it could come at a...

Not All Arab States Will Normalize Ties With Israel

October 22, 2020

Each Arab monarchy in the Gulf has its unique perspective on Israel and the Palestinian cause. Although not inevitable, others in the Gulf Cooperation Council may join the UAE and Bahrain in formalizing relations with Israel.

The UAE Gambles by Normalizing Relations With Israel

September 15, 2020

In August, the US, Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced the formalization of Emirati-Israeli ties. What lies ahead?

Will Morocco Normalize Relations With Israel?

September 09, 2020

Commentators from major news outlets have commented that Morocco will be among the first Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel and exchange ambassadors following the Israeli-Emirati agreement. As the former US ambassador to Morocco and having closely followed the policies and...

Israel and the UAE: The Myth of Normalizing Abnormalities

September 04, 2020

As the El Al flight 971 touched down in Abu Dhabi, a number of people looking at the aircraft wondered about the significance of the message it carried. The number for what both sides claimed to be Israel’s first-ever commercial flight to the UAE was the dialing code for the Emirates, with the...

Why Kuwait Rejects Normalization With Israel

August 18, 2020

On August 13, the United Arab Emirates agreed in principle to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for suspending the annexation of portions of the West Bank. This US-brokered deal reflects years of growing ties between Israel and Gulf states that have long rested just below the surface of...

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