While the Rouhani administration tries to find the right balance of financial reforms, the banking sector challenges continue to hamper sustainable economic growth.
Despite the inherent challenges of finding a long-term solution to Lebanon’s refugee crisis, its focus on short-term responses could worsen social and political cleavages and foster new forms of marginalization.
Morocco’s bid to rejoin the African Union shifts the focus of the Western Sahara issue to a new forum where the kingdom hopes it will have more power to influence or sideline the dispute.
Since President Sisi has taken office, an unprecedented government crackdown has rendered large parts of the country without any independent human rights groups.
The conflict over Morocco’s cabinet formation is a struggle for power between the PJD and the palace.
Egypt’s massive military purchases to build its air power may be aimed at repressing an anticipated urban uprising that resembles Syria’s.
Algeria’s austerity measures are driving protests among its previously acquiescent middle class, and the state is hardening its stance against such unrest.
Tensions persist between Tunisia and its former ally the UAE, but Tunisia hopes renewed ties could balance out its current dependence on Qatar.
Saudi Arabia’s plans of privatizing the economy to overcome oil dependence hinge on opening up its political sphere.
Hezbollah and Russia have enjoyed close cooperation in Syria, but their military successes could undermine Hezbollah’s hopes of playing a major role in the country post-conflict.
While Jordan offers comparatively favorable labor laws for the region, many migrant workers remain legally and economically vulnerable.
As the self-proclaimed Islamic State retreats further north in Iraq, they have left behind a wake of damage and destruction and a population facing hunger and the cold Iraqi winter.
Tangier’s economic dynamism of the past years risks being damaged by a lack of devolution of powers at the local level.
Algeria’s youth are increasingly turning to social entrepreneurship to find creative solutions to persistent unemployment and an austerity economy.
Russia’s support for Khalifa Haftar in the name of countering terrorism could instead escalate Libya’s conflict and undermine the UN-sponsored political process.
Kuwait’s opposition could complicate the government’s plans to ensure financial sustainability and maintain political stability.
The flow of migrants to Europe has increased dramatically over the past year even as their trips become more dangerous.
The impending fall of rebel-held eastern Aleppo is a sign of the Syrian government’s success in using siege tactics that cut residents off from much-needed commodities like fuel.
Tunisia’s national unity government symbolizes political elites’ willingness to cooperate, but their fragile compromise poses risks to the democratic process.
Campaign mismanagement was a key reason for the failure of the Federation of the Democratic Left in Morocco’s elections.