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The expansion of BRICS, announced at the August summit in South Africa, signals an emerging shift in the international order. Middle East Council experts analyze the significance of the bloc on the global stage and discuss questions raised at the summit about multipolarity, de-dollarization, and more.

Galip Dalay, Beverley Milton Edwards, Aisha Al-Sarihi, Shahram Akbarzadeh, Adel Abdel Ghafar, Ranj Alaaldin, June Park, Oumeyma Chelbi, Abdalftah Hamed Ali

In response to crippling sanctions, Tehran’s new government is embarking on an expansive diplomatic offensive in the Global South to shore up its economic trade relations. But will it work as planned?

Nima Khorrami

A fresh attempt at mediating between rival Palestinian factions by Egypt has come up short, once again. What does the latest episode reveal about why Palestinian reconciliation has been so intractable.

Khalil E. Jahshan

A new oversight body could bring much needed clarity to Libya’s finances. But it also risks entrenching the problems it was set up to solve.

Michael G. Schaeffer, Tarik M. Yousef

The veteran president of Türkiye visited the GCC and returned home with a raft of economic agreements. But what are the broader implications of his trip and what do they signal for the next five years?

Betul Dogan Akkas

Egypt is reportedly engaged in serious talks aimed at repairing its relationship with Iran, following the restoration of ties between Cairo’s Gulf allies and the Islamic Republic over the past year. But given their own fraught history and Egypt’s unique geopolitical considerations, a rapprochement between the two countries is not guaranteed.

Robert Mason