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The United Nation’s role in MENA: Interview with Darko Mocibob


JMEPP’s Regional Editor for Egypt Elissa Miller sat down to interview Darko Mocibob, Deputy Director of the Middle East and West Asia Division of The United Nation’s Department of Political Affairs.

Human Rights

What’s Holding Up Labor Reforms in Qatar?


The Gulf state of Qatar has repeatedly promised to reform its much-criticized labor system. Yet two years after its government announced plans to make major changes, the raft of proposed reforms still has not been implemented. What explains the delays? It certainly cannot be chalked up to lack of international pressure. This March, the UN’s […]

Education, Training and Labor

Diplomacy in the Middle East with Amb. Dennis Ross


In Spring 2016, JMEPP Associate Editor Satgin Hamrah interviewed Ambassador Dennis Ross, the special Middle East Coordinator under former US President Bill Clinton during his visit to the Middle East Initiative at Harvard’s Belfer Center. Below is an excerpt from the interview on diplomacy in the MENA region as well as his role in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.  

International Relations and Security

The Emerging Middle East: Risks and Opportunities with Former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora


On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, the Fletcher School’s Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies and Program in International Negotiations and Conflict Resolution hosted Lebanese statesman and businessman, Fouad Siniora.  Mr. Siniora served the Hariri government as Finance Minister in two separate stints, eventually rising to the position of Prime Minister between 2005 and 2008. Known […]

International Relations and Security

Analyzing the Saudi-Iran Rift with Karim Sajadpour


JMEPP Associate Editor Satgin Hamrah interviewed Karim Sajadpour, a Senior Associate of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for the Inside the Middle East Q&A series at the Middle East Initiative located at Harvard’s Belfer Center for International Affairs. Below is the podcast of their interview which is comprised of an analysis of the ongoing rift […]

International Relations and Security

Policy Isn’t Enough: Campus Sexual Assault in a Middle Eastern Context


    As public awareness has risen about the dismal state of sexual assault prevention and response on college campuses, American universities have scrambled to improve their policies and programming. As administrators at a university in Iraqi Kurdistan with an American-style educational system, we decided to be proactive and create a sexual misconduct policy laying […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Utilizing National Accreditation as a Tool for Building Sustainable Quality Healthcare Structures: Lessons Learned from the Saudi Arabian Experience


Introduction The Middle East healthcare sector is experiencing dynamic growth. Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar are at the forefront integrating quality tools directed towards the development and implementation of policies related to healthcare reform in the region. Saudi Arabia is the first to establish a national hospital accreditation program setting itself as a leader and […]


The Line in the Sand: Is Sykes-Picot Coming Undone?


As civil strife and conflict have curtailed the reach of Baghdad and Damascus, a popular notion has emerged suggesting that the artificial colonial-era boundaries of Iraq and Syria are collapsing. The popular and mistaken refrain is that the Sykes-Picot Agreement is unravelling. This has engendered a number of misguided suggestions that the borders of the […]

International Relations and Security

Libya’s Compromise


BY ALISON LAPORTE-OSHIRO How the Obama Administration handled the Bengazi attack in September—and whether it provided sufficient security—were fiercely debated issues during the Presidential election. Three months later, the election is over but the controversy smolders on. The current target is U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who is believed to be one […]

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