Business for Peace Award
1575, Section: Opinion


The Arabs smitten by the Israeli lobby

Published on 15 April 2014 by Mohamed Elmenshawy in Opinion

Israel and the Gulf states sometimes tend to adopt a united regional vision regarding various issues, especially in the last three years

How to stabilize Yemen

Published on 15 April 2014 by Alastair Sloan in Opinion

In today’s fractured Yemen, the solution is not with Hellfire missiles, it is with fixing the economy.

Tunisia’s promise and strategic potential

Published on 15 April 2014 by Lara Talverdian in Opinion

After a year of heightened tensions, growing divisions, and two high-profile assassinations, Tunisians launched a national dialogue that culminated in the adoption of a progressive constitution in January 2014. This

Yemeni Discussion Forums: It is Good to Talk!

Published on 15 April 2014 by Murad Alazzany in Opinion

An internet search of al-montdiat al-Yemniah (translated as ' Yemeni forums') will return many sites.

What Yemen’s youth got out of the National Dialogue Conference

Published on 10 April 2014 by Rafat Al-Akhali in Opinion

After ten months of extensive negotiations and discussions, Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference (NDC) concluded on the January 21, 2014. It is critical to analyze the NDC outcomes and assess whether it addresses the calls for change that Yemeni youth initiated in 2011.

The Repercussions of the GCC Tension in Yemen

Published on 10 April 2014 by Khaled Fattah in Opinion

The falling out between Riyadh and Doha leaves Yemen divided over which patron to follow.

When the CIA was an outpost of Arabism

Published on 10 April 2014 by Hugh Wilford in Opinion

From Cold War-era coups to “enhanced interrogation” in the “war on terror,” the CIA has courted the suspicion and hatred of the Muslim world.

Yemen’s ‘Muwaladeen’: The struggle for equal citizenship

Published on 8 April 2014 by Atiaf Alwazir / / First published April 5 in Opinion

A Yemeni activist and I were talking while walking in downtown Sana'a one hot morning. An old man kept turning back to look at us and eventually asked him with curiosity: "where are you from?" my colleague simply responded with a smile. "Ethiopia, Somalia?" asked the old man.

Yemen's Youth bulge bomb‭ ‬

Yemen’s Youth bulge bomb

Published on 8 April 2014 by Murad Alazzany in Opinion

Yemen’s Pink Revolution drove change and people were arguably spurred on by the optimistic progress in Tunisia that suggested a better future was within their reach.  Three years after the revolution erupted, some youth still feel bitter that their protests did not secure the basic rights they dreamed of.  Furthermore, others feel that they are worse off now than ever before; the youth had high expectations.  Missed by many, however, are the challenges and destabilizing factors which were present even before the revolution. The most serious and threating challenge is the crisis of Yemen’s chronic youth bulge bomb. Unchecked, it risks this poor country’s future.

Human Rights in the transitioning countries

Published on 8 April 2014 by Adam Simpson / / First published April 2 in Opinion

More than three years have passed since tide of the Arab Spring swept through the region, carrying away in its undertow three Presidents-for-life as well as one Brother-Leader. At the heart of the movements that coalesced in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen was a desire for democratic reform and a final sunset on the decades-old systems of repression and human rights abuses. However, a comparative view of the current state of human rights today versus that of 2010 reveals the emerging patterns defining the people's relationship with the state in the post-Arab Spring era. The US Department of State’s annual review of human rights provides an opportunity to assess what progress has been made as well as how very far the transitioning countries have left to go.