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Leaders, Pioneers, and Partners: Emirati Women Make Their Mark

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has transformed women empowerment by further advancing its social, legislative and professional environment that has enabled women to be an active partner in the community.

In some parts of the world, women’s empowerment is still a far-fetched idea; however, in the UAE this is a reality, where women are encouraged to actively participate in nation building and to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.

Women Behind the Scenes: How Modernity is Catching on Before Law in the United Arab Emirates

Through the Delphi method, this paper offers a new perspective from the voices of Emirati women in politics, policy, business, and university on the status of women in their country in light of the international treaties, conventions, and laws available for women’s empowerment. Drawing on true stories from daily life, it reveals that culture in the UAE is in the process of changing.

Women Behind the Scenes: How Modernity is Catching on Before Law in the United Arab Emirates

On February 3, 2017 the Women in Public Service Project and Middle East Program hosted a panel discussion on “Women Behind the Scenes: How Modernity is Catching on Before Law in the United Arab Emirates” with Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al-Qasimi, the Minister of State for Tolerance of the UAE, and Kent Davis-Packard, Adjunct Professor, Middle East Studies and American Foreign Policy Programs, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Gwen K.

Apprentice at Work in Dubai

By setting it looks like Miami Beach, but stretched out over 150 kms.  By pace of growth it rivals Guangzhou, by built-up area and density, it’s somewhere around New York, yet merely a baby as city histories go.  And at the edges in virtually every direction on land, construction cranes (at one time, a third of the world’s total) populate the horizon like large flocks of birds.   By pure glitz, it’s up there with Las Vegas, but the fantasy and artifice of Vegas, not to mention its small size, puts it in a separate, and decidedly lower, tier.  By skyline, there’s nothing in the world to comp

Washington: The Wrong City at the Right Time

There’s only one thing wrong with the White House summit on countering extremism and violence that’s taking place in Washington, D.C., this week. It’s being held in the wrong city.

Why Al Qaeda Poses a Greater Terror Threat to the U.S. Than ISIS

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has long posed a direct threat to the West, a threat arguably more serious than that posed by Islamic State. Yet many seem surprised by this after news reports that one of the suspects in Wednesday’s attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris may have had links to AQAP.

The suspect, Said Kouachi, reportedly received training in Yemen in 2011. During that trip, he allegedly met with Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born preacher closely associated with AQAP until he was killed by a U.S. drone strike later that year.

The Coalition of Convenience

In an effort to avoid any parallels to Bush 43's war in Iraq, the Obama administration has studiously avoided the use of the term "coalition of the willing" in its campaign to line up allies in the fight against the Islamic State (IS). It's just as well.

The Iranian Nuclear Deal and the Impact on its Neighbors

Four experts discussed the potential nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 nations and how such a deal would affect its neighbors, particular those in the Gulf region.

Ominous Divide: Shiite Iran vs the Sunni Gulf

Frederic Wehrey

What is the current state of Sunni-Shiite tension in the Gulf? How has it changed over the last 15 years?