Pressure on Lebanese leaders by international partners to form a government and to implement urgent reforms comes as the country’s economy continues its death spiral.
Social and Humanitarian Concerns
Final election results have again revealed Israel’s deeply polarized electorate. Last week, Israelis went to the polls for the fourth time in two years, perhaps to bring to an end the current political stalemate.
The creation of a national-unity government in Libya has been welcomed as an important achievement for the Libyan people, as well as for the international community.
A recently declassified US intelligence report dealing with the circumstances surrounding the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has elicited strong reactions from Saudi and other Arab leaders.
The new US administration announced earlier this month that it would revoke the “terrorist group” designation of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen in an effort to move forward the peace process in the country.
Two weeks since one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Baghdad in recent years, regional observers continue to ask important questions about Iraq’s stability.
The US Department of State issued a statement in the waning days of the Trump administration designating the Yemeni military rebel forces Ansar Allah, currently occupying the capital and large swaths of the country, as a terrorist group.
2021 is seen across the region as a year rife with opportunities for improving economic performance, addressing climate-change concerns, as well as creating a more stable political and security environment.
The incoming Biden administration is likely to face a series of domestic and international challenges as it attempts to steer away from the policies of the past four years.
News of the approval for the mass production of several Covid-19 vaccines has buoyed up governments and people across the world.