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Manuel Almeida

Manuel Almeida, PhD, is a visiting fellow at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where his research focuses on social contract in the Arab state and its impact on governance and sustainable development. He is also partner at Firma, covering emerging markets and geopolitical risk. Twitter: @_ManuelAlmeida

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Egypt’s construction boom will not be a cure-all

As far back as the 1950s, the engaging stories of Najib Mahfouz, the great novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, depicted mundane characters — most often Cairo residents — dealing with the pressures of urban modernization, among other challenges.

August 10, 2018

Water, energy at heart of Iraq’s governance crisis

At first sight, Iraq’s current summer of discontent may not seem a particularly relevant or novel development; large protests in the country have been a regular occurrence for a few years now.

August 03, 2018

Coming weeks will be critical for stability in the Middle East

Since the announcement late last week that John Bolton would replace Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, a torrent of reactions, news and analyses have cautioned about the beating drums of war within the White House.

March 29, 2018

An assertive Russia in the Middle East suggests an eye on the post-Putin era

Following a well-choreographed act last weekend that landed him a record election victory, with more than 76 percent of the vote, Russian President Vladimir Putin is now preparing for his fourth, and final, term.

March 23, 2018

What Tillerson’s exit means for efforts to resolve GCC crisis

The firing earlier this week of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson happened just ahead of three official visits to Washington, during which the Qatar-centered diplomatic crisis will top the administration’s agenda.

March 15, 2018

Syria lays bare the limits of Russia’s great-power responsibility

On Monday, Russia vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned Iran’s transfer of missile and drone technology to the Houthis, as concluded by an investigation by a UN panel of experts on Yemen.

March 02, 2018

US and Europe must work together to thwart Iran

At the recent Munich Security Conference, United States National Security Advisor H.R.

February 25, 2018

Unpredictable election to decide Iraq’s fate

In early 2014, a few months before Daesh took over Mosul and most of Anbar province, with Iraq’s armed forces nowhere to be seen, several news reports alluded to a several hundred million-dollar weapons purchase by the Iraqi government from Iran.

February 15, 2018

Federation plan should be top priority in Yemen

This week has seen an atmosphere of relative normality return to Aden, following a few days of intense fighting between the separatist Southern Resistance Forces and army units and militias loyal to Yemen’s internationally-recognized government.

February 08, 2018