Economics/Aid / International Relations

Rouhani and Iran’s Balance of Power

By Connor Sheehy

On May 19th, the people of Iran went to the polls to choose their next president. The voters emphatically returned incumbent President Hassan Rouhani to office, giving him nearly 60% of the vote in a field of four candidates. This is despite Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s clear preference for Ebrahim Raisi, Rouhani’s …


Paid Leave in the UAE

The following information is from the UAE’s Federal Labor Laws. Some individual emirates have differing laws; Sharjah, for instance, mandates maternity leave of at least sixty days, whereas federal law requires at least forty-five.


Maternity Leave

Maternity leave with full pay for at least 45 days, provided services to the employer have lasted at least one year.
Lasting …


How to Fight Disease in a War Zone: Yemen’s Cholera Epidemic

 By Christian Duborg

In 1916, during the First World War, German physician Friedrich Prinzing named the six diseases that throughout history had “usually followed at the heels of belligerent armies” and termed them war pestilences. These war pestilences are dysentery, plague, smallpox, typhus, typhoid, and cholera. Today, Prinzing’s words are proving to be prophetic, …


The Middle East and the Globalized Economy

By Janna Kiseeva

As the construction of the 120-mile long Suez Canal neared completion in 1869, a famous French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi submitted a proposal to the Egyptian government. Bartholdi wanted to erect an impressive 86-foot tall statue of a Muslim peasant woman at the mouth of the waterway, called “Egypt …

Economics/Aid / International Relations

The Short-sightedness of Saudi Vision 2030

By Simi Roopra

“Cycles of shortage and surplus characterize the entire history of oil.” –Daniel Yergin

Coming at a time when oil prices have been volatile and neighboring countries have been plagued by geopolitical crises, last April, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) released Saudi Arabia’s largest economic reform package to date – …


Bread and Oil: The Story of Subsidies in Egypt

By Ahmed Meshref

In Egypt, subsidies are a public good and are perhaps the most important yet unsustainable weapon in a politician’s arsenal. Since their introduction in the fifties, energy and food subsidies have been the most tangible social benefits that Egyptians receive from their governments. Initiated by Gamal Abdel Nasser’s socialist policies in …


The Flawed System of Conditionalities

By Tyler Headley

Since the most recent Nigerian presidential election, the world has watched President Muhammadu Buhari attempt to reform his government. Buhari’s endeavor is the latest attempt in a long pedigree of West African anti-corruption movements. There is little wonder why anti-corruption movements are so necessary: in 2004, the United Nations estimated that …