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 …


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 …

Review Article

Comparing the Russian and Egyptian Revolutions

This article is the first in the new series of Review Articles. These articles will review a scholarly book or article, or will analyze events through the lens of books and articles.

Lightning never strikes twice the same way. Neither, for that matter, does the exact same type of revolution. In 1917, the Bolshevik party …


Student Movements in Palestinian Universities

By Melissa Levinson

Student movements have often been at the forefront of political and social change, offering fresh perspectives and innovative approaches that challenge the status quo. In the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation, the First Intifada (1987-1992), or uprising, was marked by student protests and youth-led resistance [1]. The First Intifada was …


ISIS Recruitment

By Cristina Lupusor


ISIS recruitment has become a widely discussed topic following numerous recent cases of young Westerners joining the extremist organization. Take the case of the three British schoolgirls that fled to Syria, or the two Austrian teenagers that left their households to live in the Caliphate – both generated massive public outrage …

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 – …


Salt and Oil: Marine Conservation in the UAE

By Jhamal Fanning

Before there was oil wealth, there were pearls. For the entirety of the UAE’s history until 1962 when the UAE began exporting oil, the UAE’s economy was dependent on fishing and pearl diving. Yet the very bedrock of this country’s cultural history faces complete and total devastation at the hands of …