Israel’s Vaccine Rollout Provides Hope—But At What Cost?

By Rebecca Roth Israel is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world right now, and that’s all thanks to the country’s size, centralized healthcare system, and the deal it has struck with Pfizer: “vaccines for data.” While the ability to vaccinate their citizens and prove the effectiveness of the vaccine is an amazing opportunity, the question remains: at what cost? Is the promised … Continue reading Israel’s Vaccine Rollout Provides Hope—But At What Cost?

Ending the Yemeni Civil War Could Shift the Power Balance in the Middle East

By Rebecca Roth The US is partially responsible for the duration of the civil war in Yemen. But that does not mean that America can suddenly withdraw and pretend that its objectives have been achieved. The civil war has destabilized the region and the country and is responsible for a large humanitarian crisis. The war is no longer being fought by only two sides. Rather, … Continue reading Ending the Yemeni Civil War Could Shift the Power Balance in the Middle East

Israel Gains from a New Dialogue in the Middle East

By Rebecca Roth Just over two months ago, the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalize relations with Israel. Bahrain followed suit shortly thereafter. Analyzing the accords, it is clear that Israel is the winner of the deals. The Abraham Accords, named after the Patriarch Abraham—who is the father of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism—differs from the peace deals signed by Israel with Egypt and Jordan. Those … Continue reading Israel Gains from a New Dialogue in the Middle East

WHY THE RUSSIAN ORDER IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS A HOUSE OF CARDS

By Tim Sadov Until very recently, Russia had complete initiative and momentum for order building in the Middle East. While the Trump administration has scaled back commitments to U.S. allies, the Kremlin has built strategic partnerships with the governments of Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. And these decisions seem to be paying off. Following the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria in late … Continue reading WHY THE RUSSIAN ORDER IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS A HOUSE OF CARDS

THE POLITICS OF OIL

Quang Trinh The coronavirus pandemic would create the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression, said IMF’s head Kristelina Georgieva. In the midst of the global turmoil, friction escalates between two geopolitical powerhouses: Russia and Saudi Arabia. The battle for arguably the world’s most important commodity, oil, should not come as a surprise. As international travel, commerce, and industrial production decline with the institution … Continue reading THE POLITICS OF OIL

CH-Ч-Changes: The Geopolitics Behind Kazakh Alphabet Reform

By Leora Eisenberg ‘20 It almost seems like a given that alphabets are a core part of a culture. What some may not understand is that language laws are a tense issue in post-Soviet space. Alphabets are integral to a language and its speakers, in spite of whatever historical revisionism an empire might seek to impose. They are inextricable from a country’s identity, history and culture. … Continue reading CH-Ч-Changes: The Geopolitics Behind Kazakh Alphabet Reform