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 …

International Relations

A New MENA News Landscape

Of the thirteen demands delivered to Qatar by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the diplomatic crisis to end, perhaps the most shocking was that Qatar shut down Al Jazeera and its affiliates.

Al Jazeera, a state-funded news organization that is partially owned by the ruling family of Qatar, is notable in the region …

Environment / International Relations

The GCC’s Surprising Response to Climate Change

Last week, the United States’ current Presidential administration garnered international condemnation for its decision to leave the Paris Climate Accords. While many countries that issued statements critical of the administration’s decision were expected – countries generally known for their distinct green platforms or countries that are projected to incur the greatest and soonest climate change-induced …

International Relations

A Note Concerning the Qatari Ban’s Impact on the UAE

By Tyler Headley

In a shock move on Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates announced a diplomatic boycott of neighboring state and fellow member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Qatar. They were joined by Yemen, Libya’s eastern-located government, and the Maldives.

Much of the ensuing news asked the pointed question on …

International Relations

A Water War in the Jordan River Basin

By Tyler Headley


“Conflicts over water, both international and civil wars, threaten to become a key part of the 21st century landscape” – Hans van Ginkkel, UN Under Secretary General (1999)


Will there be a war over water in the 21st century? Recent events in the region, including the Syrian Civil War, the rise of …

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 – …

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