Egypt’s Search for a Fig Leaf: It’s Not the Handball World Championship

Egypt’s Search for a Fig Leaf: It’s Not the Handball World Championship

Hosting major sports tournaments can confer prestige on a country, but in the case of Egypt, the 2021 Handball World Championship will do little to repair its relations with the US, Italy and states in the Gulf, argues James M. Dorsey in this analysis. Egyptian general-turned president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi sees the 2021 men’s handball…

Qatar is on the Verge of Scoring New Victories

Qatar is on the Verge of Scoring New Victories

Saudi Arabia, overtaxing itself in its vain efforts to establish dictatorial control over all the countries on the Arabian Peninsula, has recently moved toward a compromise with Qatar to end a devastating three-year conflict. However, as practice still shows – and many sources close to the negotiations say – a complete resolution remains unattainable, despite…

Will Trump Have Time to Reconcile Qatar with its Arab Neighbors?

Will Trump Have Time to Reconcile Qatar with its Arab Neighbors?

Against the backdrop of Trump’s already recognizably disastrous policy along many foreign and domestic vectors, he has nevertheless been vigorously looking to leave “a significant mark in American history” as his legacy. One of the areas of focus for this activity has been reconciling certain Arab and Muslim countries with Israel, which culminated in the…

Donald Trump’s Final Act: Snuffing Out the Promise of Democracy in the Middle East

Donald Trump’s Final Act: Snuffing Out the Promise of Democracy in the Middle East

Ten years ago, a hawker in Tunisia set himself on fire, which spurred on people along the entire Mediterranean Sea—from Morocco to Spain—to rise up in revolt. They took to their squares indignant at the terrible conditions in which they had to make their lives. Little of their agenda has been advanced in the past…