December 30th Issue

The Middle East: An Unchartered Future

The Arab world was beset by political turmoil and violence in 2015 and, unless contained, the region could spiral into chaos BY RAMI G. KHOURI Political conditions have evolved so rapidly across the Middle East over the past few years, dominated by events and conflicts that are expected to govern the foreseeable future—that is until a new regional security architecture comes into being. Hence, going forward, we should expect more regional ideological confrontations, multi-state proxy wars, and direct military interventions by third parties within Arab states. To be able to anticipate any major change that might occur in the region in the coming year, four specific arenas that capture the current power tensions and political transitions in the region should be monitored. The first is the status of Iranian-Arab relations in the wake of the nuclear agreement. The second is watching the outcome of the multiple proxy confli (Read More)

Inside Cover

The New Year In Business

Currencies and central bank decisions may shape the year ahead BY Nour E. Al-Hammoury Looking back at 2015, it’s clear…

Googling 2015

Deaths, divorces and destruction dominated much of the region’s online search activity BY ANNA YAZIJYAN As another year draws to…

The Year In Review

Terrorism, Death and Bloodshed

RAISING A CANDLE:‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners in Nigeria marked the 500th day since the abduction of 270 girls from…

Politics

YEMEN AT WAR:Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returned from exile after six months, following a Saudi led intervention to stave…

Obituaries

DR ZHIVAGO: Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, whose classic films included “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago”, died on July 10,…

Science

NEW FRONTIERS: Pluto was photographed by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015. The images were taken from a distance…

Across The World

FAMILY GUY: An ethnic Uighur man plays with his grandson in the old district of Kashgar city, in Xinjiang province.…

People

TIME FLIES: Texan teenager Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested after bringing a homemade electronic clock to school. In solidarity, he…

Refugees

LENDING HAND: Asylum seekers reach Lesbos in an overloaded rubber dinghy on the coast near Skala Sikaminias. An estimated 100,000 refugees…

Entertainment

MOVIE MANIA: Star Wars fever swept the world, as the movie beat Jurassic Park in the first week revenues. Few…