Challenging the cold peace: Jordan’s cancellation of the land lease

King Abdullah's decision to cancel a 25-year land lease to Israel is likely to exacerbate long-simmering tensions between the two nations and challenge the cold peace that has been in place since 1994.

In early October, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Kuwait announced an economic aid package of $10 billion for Bahrain. The fiscal pledge illustrates how massive capital flows underlie the contentious politics and strategic alliances within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the broader Middle East region.

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In the summer of 2014, Libya lost most of its foreign diplomats, who departed after weeks of fighting between militias for control of key infrastructure in Tripoli. The fighting pitted Zintani forces, who had come to control Tripoli International Airport, along with its revenues, against Misratan combatants headed by militia leader Saleh Badi, who saw the Zintanis’ role there as an affront to the purity of the revolution. 

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The politics of aid: GCC support for Bahrain

The GCC aid package for Bahrain illustrates how massive capital flows underlie the contentious politics and strategic alliances in the Gulf and broader Middle East.

The UN’s “Plan B” for Libya needs a security solution, too

The UN has undertaken a series of steps to push Libya beyond the uneasy stability imposed by the militias. Together with Plan B, an economic-military-political package could provide the means to do so.

Iran prepares for US sanctions

In this week's Monday Briefing, MEI experts discuss Iran's decision to sell its oil in the private sector, the prime minister of Pakistan's search for foreign aid, and the Syrian summit in Istanbul.


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The stakes behind the story: How Egypt’s media covered the Khashoggi case

As the Khashoggi drama became to big to ignore, Egypt's state-owned and private media coverage of the story confirmed that Egypt could not afford to harm its ties with Saudi Arabia.

For nearly 10 days after news broke of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s  “disappearance” after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, state-owned Egyptian newspapers, as well as most private ones, chose to play it safe and avoid antagonizing the kingdom by simply not reporting the story.

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 The Tiger Forces: Pro-Assad fighters backed by Russia

While the Tiger Forces' capabilities far exceed any other unit currently fighting in the Syrian civil war, their true power comes from their alleged status as elite fighters, their large size, supply lines, and Russian support.