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Women in Afghanistan are Inspired, Emboldened by Protests in Iran

The women-led uprising in Iran unified diverse groups of Iranians and drew support from across the world. It is now motivating Afghan women to pluck up the courage and push back against the Taliban.

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Probing Social Pressures With Textiles and Ice Cream

Emirati artist Maitha Hamdan, featured in a UAE Embassy exhibition in DC situating women in the intimate space of the majlis, uses video performance to explore the more public social restrictions imposed on women.

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Neither Bread nor Freedom in Iran

Protests are likely to continue flaring up in Iran as a function of the regime’s attempt at modernizing the country while denying personal and political freedoms to the children of modernization.

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Perilous Growth: Bulging Population Endangers Iraq’s Future

The Iraqi government’s failure to invest in human capital and reconstruction has left the country unprepared for the current rate of population growth.

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Saudi Arabia Walks the Line With Social Opening and Curbing Harassment

The public decency law aims to regulate social behavior in a way that reflects positively on Saudi Arabia’s image, the anti-harassment law is meant to regulate public behavior among individuals in society.

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The Optics of Women in the Workforce

There is a recent culture of promoting women’s workforce participation in the Middle East and North Africa, but looking solely at the data misses some of the broader discussion on women’s empowerment.

With New Crown Prince Kuwait Bucks Gulf Succession Trends

The emir’s naming of Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah – a noncontroversial politician and an experienced diplomat – as crown prince may help traverse Kuwait’s fissures, but there is still a long road ahead.

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