Sada Debates

  • Iran’s Presidential Election: Opportunity or Dead End?

    Kian Tajbakhsh, Masih Alinejad, Sara Bazoobandi
    June 15, 2021

    Iran’s upcoming presidential elections could have important implications for the country's political future as well as ongoing nuclear negotiations between Washington and Tehran. Sada asked three experts to analyze the challenges and concerns facing Iranian voters, and whether a new president is likely to meaningfully impact the country's political, economic, and social realities.

  • Will a Biden Administration “Build Back Better” in the Middle East?

    Jacqueline StomskiKirk H. Sowell, Taim Al-Hajj, Ferhat Gurini, Mona Alami, Ofer Zalzberg, Moataz El-Fegiery, Nadine Dahan
    November 10, 2020

    Sada asked experts to analyze potential flash points for the next U.S. administration—ranging from the globalization of Libya’s war to the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and increasing authoritarianism and violations of civil liberties and human rights.

  • The Economic Turn in Turkish-Iranian Relations

    March 12, 2020

    Despite economic obstacles facing the two countries, Turkey and Iran strive to cement economic relations and maintain their multifaceted relations.

  • A Netanyahu-Joint List Standoff

    Anwar Mhajne
    January 23, 2020

    Ahead of Israel’s third national election, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s attempts to discredit the mainly Arab-majority Joint List are galvanizing its base.

  • The Saudi-Yemeni Militarized Borderland

    Eleonora Ardemagni
    January 09, 2020

    In the last decade, Saudi Arabia’s approach to the porous frontier with Yemen has gradually shifted from patronage for and cooperation with local tribes to incremental militarization.

  • Haftar’s Rebranded Coups

    Anas El Gomati
    July 30, 2019

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

  • The Muslim Brotherhood After Morsi

    Sada Debate
    July 02, 2019

    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.

  • No Business as Usual in Syria

    Katherine Nazemi, Alexander Decina
    June 20, 2019

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

  • Four Years of War in Yemen

    Sada Debate
    April 10, 2019

    Five experts look at the fractured Saudi-led war in Yemen and explain its grave impact on the country’s people and institutions.

  • Tunisia’s Municipal Elections

    Sada Debate
    May 10, 2018

    Four experts examine the implications Tunisia’s first free and fair local elections may have for political parties, security forces, decentralization, and the democratic transition.

  • What’s at Stake in Lebanon’s Elections?

    Sada Debate
    May 03, 2018

    On May 6, Lebanese voters will elect an incoming parliament for the first time since 2009. How will Lebanon’s changing political and security landscape affect the outcome?

  • Making Sense of Iran’s Protests

    Sada Debate
    January 08, 2018

    Four experts examine the causes of Iran’s protests and what implications they may have for Iran’s regional ambitions, domestic political rivalries, and future for human rights.

  • The Fallout from Recognizing Jerusalem

    Sada Debate
    December 12, 2017

    Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has significant implications for Palestinian politics and the peace process.

  • What Next After Raqqa?

    Sada Debate
    November 03, 2017

    Local authorities and international actors alike have serious questions to consider about how to stabilize the region.

  • Tunisia’s Unity Government, One Year On

    Sada Debate
    July 26, 2017

    How effective have Youssef Chahed’s policies been at addressing Tunisia’s underlying issues?

  • Behind the Qatar Crisis

    Sada Debate
    June 14, 2017

    The rapid escalation of tensions over the past few weeks carries significant implications for unity, security, and balance of power in the Gulf.

  • What Does Saudi Arabia Want in Yemen?

    Sada Debate
    September 09, 2016

    What Saudi Arabia has accomplished in Yemen remains unclear, and what it is likely to accomplish is still uncertain. Four experts weigh in on Riyadh’s goals in Yemen.

  • Understanding the Violence in Jerusalem

    Sada Debate
    October 16, 2015

    What are the implications of ongoing violence and protests for Jerusalem, the Arab–Israeli conflict, and prospects for de-escalation?

  • Why Arab States Need Security Sector Reform

    Sada Debate
    July 30, 2015

    Amid rising terror threats, meaningful security sector reform risks being delayed indefinitely.

  • The Islamic State and Sectarian Strife in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

    Sada Debate
    July 21, 2015

    Recent attacks on Shia mosques suggest the Islamic State strategy in the Gulf is to provoke and exploit sectarian strife.

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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