The Islamic State Lives On

Although the Islamic State has lost its stronghold in Hajin, instability within disputed territories provides opportunities for it to survive in both Syria and Iraq.

  • Saudi Censorship Tactics Meet Netflix

    Saudi Censorship Tactics Meet Netflix

    Abdullah Alaoudh

    Saudi Arabia is applying its same harsh interpretation of “terrorism” it uses to repress domestic activists to silence criticism from abroad.

  • Upsetting the Status Quo on Western Sahara

    Upsetting the Status Quo on Western Sahara

    Jacques Roussellier

    Efforts to reduce the mandate and scope of the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara could shift parties away from a political solution and risk greater instability.

  • The Primacy of Torture in Egypt

    The Primacy of Torture in Egypt

    In addition to escalating tensions with Italy, Egypt’s response to the murder case of Giulio Regeni shows how the security services rely on torture as the primary tool of repression.

  • Netanyahu’s Troubling Legacy

    Netanyahu’s Troubling Legacy

    Dahlia Scheindlin

    Whether or not corruption investigations oust Netanyahu from office, he has left a lasting impact on executive power and social norms in Israel, and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Saudi Arabia’s Uncertain Investment in Tunisia

    Saudi Arabia’s Uncertain Investment in Tunisia

    Asma Ajroudi

    Although Tunisia’s leadership appears to be warming to Saudi Arabia at a critical moment for the kingdom, Riyadh cannot rely on its allegiance.

  • Oman’s Economic Ambitions

    Oman’s Economic Ambitions

    Nima Khorrami Assl

    Oman’s drive for economic diversification is contributing to its rapprochement with Israel, which can offer its expertise and technology for agriculture, entrepreneurship, and defense.

  • Iran’s Water Problem

    Iran’s Water Problem

    Water scarcity in Iran threatens not just its agricultural self-sufficiency but may also strain its energy exports in the long term, two sectors it hopes to rely on to weather new economic sanctions.

  • Kurdistan’s Executive Offices in Transition

    Kurdistan’s Executive Offices in Transition

    Megan Connelly

    The KDP’s nominees for Kurdistan’s highest offices demonstrate the party’s belief that it can shape the region’s politics without regard for established power-sharing norms.

  • Sisi’s Ambitions in Libya

    Sisi’s Ambitions in Libya

    Khaled Mahmoud

    Sisi’s efforts to broker the reunification of the Libyan army are less about stabilizing its neighbor than empowering Khalifa Haftar against shared Islamist foes.

  • Sisi’s Debt Crisis

    Sisi’s Debt Crisis

    Egypt’s current attempt to reduce public debt through austerity measures ignores the problem’s roots in uncontrolled military spending.

Sada is an online journal rooted in Carnegie’s Middle East Program that seeks to foster and enrich debate about key political, economic, and social issues in the Arab world and provides a venue for new and established voices to deliver reflective analysis on these issues.

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