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Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Visits Israel To Discuss Peace Plan 1

Latest Developments Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel on May 13th for a brief eight hour visit. Despite Israel’s strict lockdown, Pompeo met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his new governing partner, Benjamin Gantz to discuss President Trump’s Peace to Prosperity […]


Turkey And Syria Clash In First Direct Conflict In Ongoing Civil War

As the Syrian Civil War enters its ninth year, the Turkish and Syrian governments clashed for the first time. On February 27th, “thirty-three of our soldiers were martyred as a result of the airstrike… by the forces of the [Bashar al-] Assad regime,” said Rahmi Dogan, the governor of a […]


Oman: Paving The Way To An Arab-Israeli Peace 1

On Wednesday, the 26th of June, the Omani Foreign Ministry declared that it was planning to open a new diplomatic mission in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The decision was announced through the Ministry’s Twitter account and will be the first Omani diplomatic mission in Palestine since 2006 when the Sultanate […]


The New Liquid Gold – Water Insecurity In The Middle East

The Middle East is a region characterized by contrasts. Oil-rich Qatar maintains a GDP-per-capita of more than 100 times destitute Yemen. Beirut’s celebrated cosmopolitanism lies less than 300 miles from Raqqa, the capital of the now defunct caliphate of the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Jordan acts a beacon […]


U.S Ends Funding To UN’s Palestinian Refugee Agency

The State Department announced Friday that the United States will no longer provide funding to the United Nations’ Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees in the near East – an approximate $0.4 billion annual contribution they’ve made for decades. In their statement, the U.S. called the UNRWA “irredeemably […]


Human Rights Watch Sounds Alarm for Refugees in Greek Centers

A new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) described “appalling”, detention-like conditions for refugees being held in Greek reception centers. The report alleges that pregnant women, new mothers, and survivors of sexual assault, among estimated thousands of others, have been subjected to “living conditions [that] do not meet international standards.” […]


As the Syrian Revolution Comes To an End, The Regions Humanitarian Crisis Worsens

After three weeks of military attacks led by the Syrian government with Russian support, the city of Deraa has been reclaimed from rebels. This governmental success marks a huge milestone towards the end of the revolution in Syria according to Joshua Landis (Director for the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies […]


Act of Unity in Co-ordinated Evacuation of Syrian ‘White Helmets’

The Syrian Civil Defence, a humanitarian group known as ‘White Helmets’ due to their distinctive safety hats, have been evacuated across the Syrian border into Jordan due to the joint-effort of several external powers. About 100 or so of the White Helmet volunteers along with about 300 others including their […]


Will An “Arab NATO” Solve The Iran Problem?

The United States, led by President Donald Trump, is advocating for the creation of a political and military-based alliance to serve as an “Arab NATO “ and act as a strong military force against Iran. The alliance will include the six Gulf Arab states, Egypt, and Jordan. While the idea […]


Jordan Launches Aid Campaign For Deraa Refugees

Since June 17th, the United Nations has estimated that 330,000 Syrian refugees have become displaced due to the battle against Deraa rebels in Syria’s south. On June 19th, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime alongside Russian armed forces commenced their offensive in Deraa and the Quneitra province in southern Syria. According to […]


Rising Tension Between Israel And Syria As Syrian Plane Shot Down

Israel shot down a Syrian plane after the pilot flew close by the Golan Heights. While Syrian authorities claim that the plane was attacking rebel insurgents in their own territory,  Israel claims the plane flew into Israeli airspace. According to the Los Angeles Times, this latest strike adds on to […]


Ceasefire In Danger As Syrian Government Forces And Rebels Continue To Clash In Deraa

On Friday July 6th, Syrian rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad reached a ceasefire agreement in southern Syria which was brokered by one of Assad’s key allies: Russia.  According to an article written by Arwa Ibrahim published in Al Jazeera, the peace deal required that rebels give up […]