Why the Arab world should employ more women

Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) continue to search for ways to repair their fragile economies. For some countries in the region, experts wonder whether high unemployment and poor economic growth could precipitate another round of political upheaval, similar to the uprisings in early 2011. Despite this ominous scenario, there is one… Continue reading Why the Arab world should employ more women

How to deal with growing fiscal deficits? Are higher taxes a smart option?

By: Carlos Vegh, Daniel Riera-Crichton, Guillermo Vuletin and Samara Gunter. Ever since the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, countries around the world have seen their fiscal deficits grow in an almost unstoppable way. Is raising taxes a good way to combat these ballooning deficits? Figure 1 shows the average overall fiscal balance for a global… Continue reading How to deal with growing fiscal deficits? Are higher taxes a smart option?

“Parliamentarism” in disguise

Imagine that the Brazilian economy were growing at robust rates, as in 2010. Try to imagine, too, that the Petrobras corruption scandal had never seen the light of day. Finally, go back to the time when former President Dilma Rousseff still enjoyed broad popular and congressional support. In short, imagine that Brazil were not undergoing… Continue reading “Parliamentarism” in disguise

Is there a path to peace in Yemen?

The conflict in Yemen has become a mutually hurting stalemate, and constructing a truly all-inclusive decision-making process to pick up where the National Dialogue Conference left off will be key to reaching any power-sharing agreement.

War and peace by proxy? The impacts of outside actors on the war in Syria

The Brookings Doha Center hosted a panel discussion on December 8, 2015, about the status of the Syrian conflict and the possibility of negotiating peace in Vienna next year. The panelists were Marwan Kabalan of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies; Noah Bonsey, of the International Crisis Group; and Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center.

The Syrian refugee crisis and the erosion of Europe’s moral authority

Half of Syria’s population has been forced to flee its homes. Europe shamefully attempted—after spending decades lecturing countries in the Middle East on refugee rights—to shirk its responsibility to help those refugees even once they arrived tired, hungry, and scared. Thanks to pressure from social media, the press, celebrities, and aid agencies, that situation has begun to change.