Op-eds

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In some capitals around the world, there is no joy in a Biden win. Nov 9, 2020. The Globe and Mail.

The Startling Impact of COVID-19 on immigrant women in the workforce w/ Ana Ferrer. Oct. 21, 2020. Policy Options.

Governance in the Arab region: Experts discuss public responses to COVID-19. September 3, 2020. The Brookings Institution.

Building Resiliency in Supply Chains Post-COVID-19. August 24, 2020. The Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Lebanon's politicians have failed their people, once again. August 5, 2020. The Globe and Mail. 

'Blind Recruitment,' for a more diverse workplace. June 16, 2020. National Post.

We must listen to Black Lives Matter in the way we listened to the Arab Spring, Hong Kong and protesters in Russia. June 5, 2020. The Globe and Mail.

A GBA+ Case for Understanding the Impact of COVID-19. June 9, 2020. Policy Options. 

After COVID-19, Will We Live in a Big Brother World? June 1, 2020. The Centre for International Governance Innovation.

2020

The Impact of Low Oil Prices and COVID-19 on Arab Economies. May 4, 2020. Arab Center Washington D.C.

Hungary’s Viktor Orban is using the coronavirus to push his populist-nationalist agenda. April 2, 2020. The Globe and Mail.

In a delicate moment, Justin Trudeau gifts Iran a diplomatic coup. February 18, 2020. The Globe and Mail.

With Soleimani dead, the U.S. must brace for the wrath of Iranian hardliners. January 3, 2020. The Globe and Mail.

 

2019

Syrian death and destruction: A win-win for Putin and Erdogan. October 23, 2019. The Globe and Mail. 

Donald Trump abandoned the Kurds. Now, the West needs to finally abandon Trump. October 7, 2019. The Globe and Mail. 

One year after Khashoggi’s killing, the attack on free expression rages on. October 1, 2019. The Globe and Mail. 

After Saudi oil attack, hopes dim for international Iranian sanctions. September 16, 2019. The Globe and Mail.

Washington and Tehran are on a nuclear collision course. July 8, 2019. The Globe and Mail. 

A new mayor in Istanbul means there's still hope for Turkish democracy. June 30, 2019. The Globe and Mail. 

After bombshell Khashoggi report, expect oil-loving countries to shrug. June 20, 2019. The Globe and Mail.

Arab Spring 2.0: New protests, same failures that plague the Middle East. April 11, 2019. The Globe and Mail.

Our feminist foreign policy is not perfect, but in Jordan, it's doing a lot of good. March 31, 2019. The Globe and Mail.

Canadian universities must stop undervaluing female academics. January 14, 2019. The Globe and Mail.

By granting asylum to Saudi women, Canada shows its moral leadership. January 11, 2019. The Globe and Mail.

 

2018

Cancelling Canada’s Saudi arms deal would merely be a feel-good measure. December 18, 2018. The Globe and Mail.

Why Saudi Crown Prince MBS Won’t Be a Total Pariah at the G-20. November 29, 2018. Time Magazine.

True leaders must stop the Saudi Crown Prince’s normalization tour. November 28, 2018. The Globe and Mail.

The narrative of Jamal Khashoggi's death has been negotiated. Justice will not be served. October 16, 2018. The Globe and Mail.

Saudi's show separation of oil and state in spat with Canada. August 13, 2018. The Hill.

The real message behind the Saudi Crown Prince's Diplomatic War with Canada. August 9, 2018. Time Magazine.

Saudi Arabia's bold move has nothing to do with Canada. August 6, 2018. The Globe and Mail.

Canadian troops provide Iraq what money can't buy. July 16, 2018. The Globe and Mail.

Oil giants try to play in concert, but geopolitics may prevent harmony. June 22, 2018. The Hill.

What happened to the 'reformist' ways of Saudi Arabia's crown prince?. May 22, 2018. The Globe and Mail.

Trump's Plan B: Iranian regime change. May 14, 2018. The Globe and Mail.

Syria airbase attack will not change dynamics of the war - or save the peopler. April 9, 2018. The Globe and Mail.

A message to Trump from Norway. February 3, 2018. The Globe and Mail with Jillian Stirk.

Turkey's Afrin offensive could have dangerous consequences. January 25, 2018. The Globe and Mail.

Iran needs this Internal Combustion. January 4, 2018. The Globe and Mail.

 

2017

Putin's 'mission accomplished' moment in Syria was all for show. December 12, 2017. The Globe and Mail.

Lebanon becomes next target of Saudi Arabia's folly. November 9, 2017. The Globe and Mail.

The Kurds have opened Pandora's box. September 27, 2017. The Globe and Mail.

Oil waivers show Trump may have swallowed a dose of reality on Iran. July 17, 2017. The Hill.

From Trump to Erdogan, beware the populist prescription. July 9, 2017. The Globe and Mail.

The US-Saudi Arabia relationship goes beyond Donald Trump. May 23, 2017. Macleans.

Canada's Feminist Agenda. May 15, 2017. The Hill.

Populism is bad for business. April 23, 2017. The Globe and Mail.

Syria strike: Geopolitical victory or a slide into a war Americans didn’t ask for?. April 7, 2017. The Globe and Mail.

Turkey’s spat with the Netherlands: The liberal democratic world is worse off. March 15, 2017. The Globe and Mail.

International education opens doors to the world. February 6, 2017. Policy Options.

Team Trump sets stage for another Wall Street meltdown. January 20, 2017. The Globe and Mail.

Xi Jinping's Davos Speech Showed the World Has Turned Upside Down. January 18, 2017. Newsweek.

 

2016

Amid horror of ambassador’s killing, Russia and Turkey stand united. December 19, 2016. The Globe and Mail.

A growth opportunity in the foreign-student business. November 21, 2016. The Globe and Mail.

Carney belongs in Canada’s cabinet, not Britain. November 3, 2016. The Globe and Mail.

Immigration is a net economic benefit – this is a story Canada should build on. September 14, 2016. The Globe and Mail.

A new Turkish nightmare set to begin. July 16, 2016. The Globe and Mail.

In a highly competitive world, is diversity Canada's advantage?. March 28, 2016. The Globe and Mail with Jillian Stirk.

 

2015

Saudi suffragists: Women's rights come to most unlikely place. December 17, 2015. The Globe and Mail.

The weakest links in terror finance legislation need to be addressed. November 21, 2015. The Globe and Mail with David Kempthorne.

Recovery notwithstanding, expect low oil prices to be the new normal. May 11, 2015. The Globe and Mail.

IS falls, Canada must be ready for the return of foreign fighters. February 23, 2015. The Globe and Mail with Lorne Dawson.

The Rise and Fall of the new Turkey. January 6, 2015. The Toronto Star.

 

2014

The Young Saudi Woman fought for her right to drive. Now she’s in jail. December 30, 2014. The Globe and Mail.

Erdogan's Next Move. April 15, 2014. OPENCANADA.

Seeing Syria's Horrors: A Message for Finance Ministers. April 11, 2014. OPENCANADA.

Turkey's no-win election drama. April 1, 2014. The Globe and Mail.

Shut it Down, It will become more powerful. March 21, 2014. New York Times Room for Debate.

Sisi: Egypt's Drug of Choice. February 20, 2014. OPENCANADA.

The Pitfalls of Arming Iraq. January 25, 2014. Toronto Star.

Don't Forget about Syria's 'good guys'. January 23, 2014. CNN Global Public Square.

Repression and Referendum. January 21, 2014. The Indian Express.

 

2013

15 - minute phone call cause for hope in U.S.- Iran relations.October 1, 2013. Toronto Star.

Syria's Assad trades weapons for time. September 24, 2013. Toronto Star.

In Egypt, 'deep state' vs. 'Brotherhoodization'. August 21, 2013. The Globe and Mail.

Intraprenuership in MENA's Public Sector. August 21, 2013. Gulf Business.

In Egypt, Reconciliation fades further into the distance. August 15, 2013. The Globe and Mail.

Egypt's Costly Marriages of Convenience. August 12, 2013. OPENCANADA.

App-powered protests put democracy in peril. August 12, 2013. Toronto Star.

The economics of Tahrir. July 9, 2013. The Economist.

The myth of political Islam has been exposed in Egypt. July 3, 2013. The Globe and Mail.

Egyptian coup is nothing to celebrate. July 3, 2013. Ottawa Citizen.

The lesson of the Houla massacre: Time to arm the rebels. March 10, 2013. Embassy Magazine.

With Progress Comes Dissent: Give Erdogan Space. June 5, 2013. The New York Times.

For Egypt, the fiscal cliff is real and present danger. April 4, 2013. The Globe and Mail.

The Most Important Lesson: Why The Human Cost of The Iran War Outweighs All Others. March 19, 2013. OPENCANADA.

Morsi's Rule is a Black Comedy Stuck on Rewind. Egyptians Must Get Serious. February 27, 2013. The Globe and Mail.

Egypt and Iran: A Rapprochement is Unlikely. February 7, 2013. The Toronto Star.

How Egypt's Failed Leaders Made Soccer and Politics Run Amok. February 1, 2013. The Globe and Mail.

 

2012

With Gaza Ceasefire, Egypt`s Morsi Becomes A Serious Player. November 22, 2012. The Globe and Mail.

Old Definitions Fail to Capture Arab Spring Complexities. September 24, 2012. The National.

The lesson of the Houla massacre: Time to arm the rebels. June 7, 2012. EMBASSY.

Economic interests give Assad loyalists stubborn resilience. April 11, 2012. The National.

Canada abandons its principles in automatic backing for U.S. World Bank candidate. April 2, 2012. The Toronto Star.

World Bank nominees must come from emerging economies. February 17, 2012. The Globe and Mail.

Russia and China provide cover for Assad’s Syria. February 1, 2012. The Toronto Star.

 

2011

Bringing the right investment to the Arab world. November 23, 2011. The Embassy.

The tactics of intervention: Why Syria will never be Libya. October 25, 2011. The Globe and Mail.

The morality of robotic warfare. October 6, 2011. The National Post.

An exit strategy for Syria's Assad. August 24, 2011.

In Egypt, unintended consequences. August 4, 2011. The Globe and Mail.