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#StatsDay2020: Data-telling in MENA

There’s story-telling. There’s tattle-telling. Then there’s data-telling. How much does a country’s data collection efforts reflect its social, economic, political, institutional, civic, human and health development? Given the global pandemic of COVID-19, PITAPOLICY argues that the data transparency correlates with … Continue reading

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Blockchain Tech Solutions in MENA

GetReceet’s founder, Omar Barkawi, imagines how blockchain solutions could advance “provenance” goals on a macro-level. Barkawi notes how tracking money and transactions would benefit from blockchain solutions, “tracking food purchase receipts informs health departments without household data identifiers”. Meanwhile, GetReceet’s funder, the Mideast-based Ibtikar Fund, notes how the money movement, financial services, and authentic property documentation remain a challenge, according to the Fund’s COO, Ambar Amleh, who highlighted the “physical stress of carrying and transferring all this cash” between Ramallah and Amman… Continue reading

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COVID-19 Impact in MENA

In addition to the economic and health impacts, COVID-19 exacerbates ongoing conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Continue reading

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Authentic on Foreign Policy

Bernie questioned why the US overlooked Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and interference in Yemen but did not work towards diplomacy with Iran at a time when Trump broke the P5+1 peace deal with Iran over its nuclear capabilities. Continue reading

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Iran, Saudi Arabia, and US: The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Frenemy

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” We would like to challenge the above ancient proverb that advises one to befriend his enemy’s friend because they share a common goal: defeat the shared enemy.  We challenge it because the … Continue reading

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With #DeepProblems, how does #EverybodyProfits // مع مشاكل عميقة : كيف “الربح للجميع ” ؟

? عن الشخص المناسب ، وهناك دائما تمويل المستثمرين. s. سؤال حول الأمن مقابل ” الخير الاجتماعي” : اليوم هو اليوم الثاني من القمة الاجتماعية جيد … و خاض قيوم ، مؤسس PITAPOLICY ، ضد ساعتين من حركة المرور لعبور … Continue reading

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PITAPOLICY to Attend Smarter Cities Summit In Morocco June 9-10

PITAPOLICY is delighted to attend the first annual International Smart Cities Summit in North Africa, which will be held in Morocco. From June 9th – 10th, we will be live-blogging the summit and welcoming comments over Twitter.  The ISCSNA will feature … Continue reading

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Live-Blog: “Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond”

PITAPOLICY Summarizes: The Wilson Center Middle East Program was the first in Washington, DC to convene a discussion on women in the Middle East and North Africa region, shared its Program Director, Haleh Esfandiari.  The panel debated to what extent … Continue reading

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“Governance and Stability in Iraq” Remarks by Deputy PM Saleh al-Mutlaq

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the National Defense University (NDU), and the Iraqi American Community Center (IAC) hosts H.E. Mr. Saleh al-Mutlaq, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, and members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives … Continue reading

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Middle East Institute Annual Conference: Managing Transition, Containing Conflict but #NODrones

“You can’t have peace in #Syria without #Iran in negotiations.”~Mohsen Milani Middle East Institute 67th Annual Conference: Managing Transition, Containing Conflict From November 14th to 15th, the Middle East Institute held its 67th annual conference.  To kick off the MEI … Continue reading

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