Political turmoil has engulfed Tunisia. Considered one of the Arab Spring’s success stories, Tunisia appeared, at least on the surface, to have a stable economy and government. It turns out it had neither.
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Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi signaled last week that Iraq was ready to begin playing, once again, a significant role in the security and stability of the region.
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Bashar al-Assad has secured a fourth 7-year term following presidential elections in Syria. The result was never in question, official state media reporting that Assad won over 95% of the vote. Now comes the hard part.
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.
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.
The announcement last week by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of a ceasefire initiative aimed at bringing the two sides of the conflict in Libya together has been seen by many as a positive step forward.