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After Sistani: Is There a Successor to Continue His Legacy?

Since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has played a key role in Iraq’s religious and political spheres, particularly as a staunch opponent of vilayet e-faqih.

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Bread Riots in Iran, Intransigence in Vienna

Are domestic protests over economic conditions likely to increase Iran’s willingness to come to a final agreement with the United States to restore the JCPOA?

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“Jeddah Central” at a Crossroads: Development in an Age of People-Centered Urbanism

Still in its early stages, Jeddah Central can build on lessons from other urban renewal projects to focus on inclusive urban development to benefit all people rather than simply a select few.

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Ramadan Series Tackle Women’s Issues and Religion

Ramadan has always been an opportunity to introduce new ideas to nudge viewers’ reactions; this year’s series are generating much-needed discussion on women’s issues.

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A New Virtual Reality: The Growth of Esports and Gaming in Saudi Arabia

Beyond paying economic dividends, there are social and cultural interests at play in the Saudi gaming industry.

Iraq’s Corruption and Rule of Law Deficits Nourish a Worsening Drug Problem

Since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, Iraq has become a transit country for drug cartels. And as social conditions in Iraq have deteriorated, drug addiction among Iraqis has increased.

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