Reem Kassem conducts research on how art and culture can be used to counter violent extremism, as a PhD candidate at the University of West Scotland and the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. She was previously head of performing arts at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt and a programming manager at the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. Additionally, she was a founding director of AGORA for Arts and Culture.
Kassem is an international fellow of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, a global fellow of the International Society for Performing Arts, a Chevening Scholar and a member of the African Youth Advocacy Network and Unesco’s U40 Global Network. She has been a recipient of the Pioneer of Egypt award, the Nahdet Elmahrousa award for social innovation and the Anna Lindh Foundation Award for intercultural dialog.
Electric Vehicles Are Now Mainstream, But No Silver Bullet By Joseph Dana - Jan 27, 2023
Electric vehicles are finally going mainstream. After decades of waiting for the EV revolution, more and more people worldwide are finally driving them. Driven by strong growth in China and Europe, EV sales crossed a critical milestone in 2022 with 10 percent of the global vehicle market share. As more governments, large and small, look to promote electric vehicle usage to combat … Continue reading “Electric Vehicles Are Now Mainstream, But No Silver Bullet”
How to Prepare for the Perfect Storm of Conflict and Climate Change By Nickolay E Mladenov - Jan 25, 2023
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and its effects are felt by communities worldwide. But for those living in conflict-affected areas, the impact of climate change can be particularly devastating. The combination of rising temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, and increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and create new yet … Continue reading “How to Prepare for the Perfect Storm of Conflict and Climate Change”
Climate Change, Energy and a Question of Leadership By Jonathan Gornall - Jan 23, 2023
The consensus among climate–change activists and many commentators is that the decision to put the head of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in charge of this year’s COP28 climate talks in the United Arab Emirates is akin to appointing a fox as head of security on a chicken farm. There is, however, an alternative perspective on the appointment of Sultan … Continue reading “Climate Change, Energy and a Question of Leadership”
Turkey and Syria Begin Delicate Dance Toward Reconciliation By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 21, 2023
What started in the autumn as the small, hesitant steps of reluctant dance partners has exploded in pace over the past few weeks, as Turkey and Syria begin open moves toward some form of reconciliation. A few months ago, it was reported that the intelligence heads of both countries had held multiple meetings, encouraged by Russia. In recent weeks, those meetings have increased, accompanied by a … Continue reading “Turkey and Syria Begin Delicate Dance Toward Reconciliation”
Nothing to Celebrate in Syria’s New Budget By Haid Haid - Jan 20, 2023
Last month, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad approved a 2023 draft budget of 16.5 trillion Syrian pounds. Official media celebrated the figure, a 24 percent increase from the previous year. But viewing the budget based on its value in local currency is misleading. With inflation factored in, the 2023 budget proposal is in fact the lowest ever in US dollar value. Even when calculated … Continue reading “Nothing to Celebrate in Syria’s New Budget”