Sisi’s Vanity Projects

Sisi prioritizes large-scale infrastructure projects to galvanize support, but these projects deepen the military’s hold over the economy and provide no tangible broad economic benefit.

  • Haftar’s Rebranded Coups

    Haftar’s Rebranded Coups

    Anas El Gomati

    Haftar’s ability to frame coups as “wars on terror” ensures his international support, but masks a destructive manipulation of tribal dynamics.

  • Kurdish-Arab Power Struggle in Northeastern Syria

    Kurdish-Arab Power Struggle in Northeastern Syria

    Elizabeth Tsurkov, Esam al-Hassan

    The Kurdish leadership attempts to hold on to their stronghold in Northeastern Syria, but balancing Kurdish interests and Arab demands has become a challenge.

  • The EU, Morocco, and the Stability Myth

    The EU, Morocco, and the Stability Myth

    Chloe Teevan

    The EU’s relationship with the Moroccan government reinforces the political status quo at a time when a growing number of Moroccans appear to want change.

  • Moscow’s Hand in Sudan’s Future

    Moscow’s Hand in Sudan’s Future

    Samuel Ramani

    As the Sudanese government and the opposition have reached an agreement on a political transition, Moscow focuses on preserving its political and economic influence in Sudan.

  • The Muslim Brotherhood After Morsi

    The Muslim Brotherhood After Morsi

    Sada Debate

    The dramatic death of the former president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, on June 17th, reignited debate about the future of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and political Islam across the region.

  • Rukban’s Humanitarian Purgatory

    Rukban’s Humanitarian Purgatory

    Jesse Marks

    As the Syrian government—with Russian assistance—consolidates its control over eastern Syria, Rukban camp’s IDPs face starvation or a return to violence.

  • No Business as Usual in Syria

    No Business as Usual in Syria

    Katherine Nazemi, Alexander Decina

    Based on individual considerations and prevailing security and economic conditions, reinvestment in Syria will be limited and could have mixed effects.

  • “Martyrs” for a Centralized UAE

    “Martyrs” for a Centralized UAE

    Eleonora Ardemagni

    Wary of local inequalities that could spur dissent, Abu Dhabi is aiming to instill nationalist sentiment in northern emirates through cultivating a military ethos.

  • The Houthis March South

    The Houthis March South

    Ateq Garallah

    The Houthis’ recent advances into southern and central Yemen reflect the country’s changing political landscape and the Yemeni government’s growing rift with the UAE.

  • Challenges of Public Policymaking in Saudi Arabia

    Challenges of Public Policymaking in Saudi Arabia

    The implementation of Vision 2030 is bypassing state institutions, creating a public policy crisis and further weakening government institutions.

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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