Scott Weiner

To Help Syrian Refugees, Highlight The Communities That Help Them

In Washington, the Syria conflict is a story told in zeros. A protracted civil war has claimed the lives of over 400,000 innocent men, women, and children. Over 1,500 of them were killed in chemical weapons attacks, one of which occurred just two weeks ago. At present, there are almost 4,800,000 registered Syrian refugees, and…

Can Countering Violent Extremism Work In The Middle East?

How do you convince a supporter of ISIS to turn away from the group and pursue productive political action instead? Countering violent extremism (CVE) is one answer that has received extensive attention from the DC foreign policy community. CVE involves providing at-risk individuals with a positive alternative to violent action, a counter-narrative that undermines those…

Gulf States Pursue Unique Approaches to Falling Oil Prices

The recent drop in oil prices has impacted economies across the Middle East. In particular, governments in the Arab Gulf have been affected by projected budget shortfalls. A spate of articles have analyzed what these changes mean for “The Gulf” without taking into account the differences between countries in the region. The Gulf is a…

To Help Syrian Refugees, Highlight The Communities That Help Them

In Washington, the Syria conflict is a story told in zeros. A protracted civil war has claimed the lives of over 400,000 innocent men, women, and children. Over 1,500 of them were killed in chemical weapons attacks, one of which occurred just two weeks ago. At present, there are almost 4,800,000 registered Syrian refugees, and…

Can Countering Violent Extremism Work In The Middle East?

How do you convince a supporter of ISIS to turn away from the group and pursue productive political action instead? Countering violent extremism (CVE) is one answer that has received extensive attention from the DC foreign policy community. CVE involves providing at-risk individuals with a positive alternative to violent action, a counter-narrative that undermines those…

Gulf States Pursue Unique Approaches to Falling Oil Prices

The recent drop in oil prices has impacted economies across the Middle East. In particular, governments in the Arab Gulf have been affected by projected budget shortfalls. A spate of articles have analyzed what these changes mean for “The Gulf” without taking into account the differences between countries in the region. The Gulf is a…