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Poverty in Egypt: How the turbulence of the Arab Spring revolution has led the country to economic ruin. Intended to manage the economic fallout, the policies of President Abdel Fateh el Sisi have done little to improve the lives of ordinary Egyptians (the Independent).
France’s secular ayatollahs. Anti-religion fundamentalists threaten Macron’s integration effort (Politico.eu).
Reformer or rogue? Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, heir to the Saudi Arabian throne, grabbed the world’s attention with a series of reforms in the kingdom. His aim is to make Saudi Arabia a more open nation. However, the war in Yemen and his diplomatic rivalry with Iran have caused the international community to question how radical his changes really are as he begins a series of diplomatic visits to the UK and US – video profile (the Guardian).
Wanted: A strategy for stabilizing Syria. A truly serious strategy on Syria needs to do more than what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has proposed, argues Michael O'Hanlon. O'Hanlon calls for getting real on politics, scaling up economic and security aid to autonomous zones, and developing a sound strategy on the Kurds and Turkey (the Brookings Institution).