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Greg C Bruno is the author of “Blessings from Beijing: Inside China’s Soft-Power War on Tibet.” Bruno’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, Forbes and other international outlets. He has reported from the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa, and chronicled the Arab Spring revolutions as an editor at The National in Abu Dhabi.

Bruno is a former Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where his collaborations on a multi-media project examining US policy toward Pakistan earned him top honors from the Overseas Press Club and an Emmy nomination. From 2013-2016 he served as the Senior Director of Communications at New York University Abu Dhabi, and from 2017-2019 he was an Associate Editor at Project Syndicate, a global commentary and opinion syndication service based in Prague. Currently he owns his own communications company, where he works with international clients to create content to strengthen their personal and professional brands. He is also the communications manager for Sourcefabric, a Czech non-profit that works to strengthen independent media around the world through technology.

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French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities By Oussama Romdhani - Dec 2, 2022

At a time when French-Algerian relations were supposed to be on the mend, Algeria’s Central Bank issued, on November 1, new banknotes which bore for the first time inscriptions in English, alongside Arabic. Politicians in Paris were not amused. They saw it as another sign that Algeria was drifting away from France’s zone of influence. … Continue reading “French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities”

The Eight Billionth Question By Afshin Molavi - Nov 28, 2022

The world just passed a quiet milestone, topping 8 billion people on Earth. Embedded in this demographic story is an important developmental one: We are healthier, wealthier, and better educated than at any time in human history. And yet, macro numbers offer little solace to the 800 million people who still lack access to electricity, or the roughly same amount who go … Continue reading “The Eight Billionth Question”

Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound By Suha Ma’ayeh - Nov 27, 2022

After a two-year slowdown, tourism is once again booming in the Middle East. As countries lift their COVID-19 travel restrictions and demand for travel returns, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) projects that the sector’s contribution to regional GDP will grow more than 36 percent in 2022 – to more than $256 billion. While this is undoubtedly great news for countries where tourism accounts … Continue reading “Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound”

Spanish Decision Shows Tide Turning on Repatriating ISIS Brides By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 26, 2022

In the murky world of ISIS families, all diplomacy is conducted quietly. On Monday, the Spanish government quietly admitted it would bring back several Spanish wives and children of ISIS fighters, before the end of the year. Newspaper reports placed the number at three women and 13 children – a figure which, while small, represents a significant … Continue reading “Spanish Decision Shows Tide Turning on Repatriating ISIS Brides”