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Effie-Michelle Metallidis is a technology and media strategist based in Los Angeles. Formerly a journalist based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, she has reported from the Middle East, South Asia and Europe on issues of US national security, foreign policy, culture and the Arab awakening. She is a co-founder of the online policy research institute, Synpraxis, and is also an affiliate at the AI Initiative, where she helped to compile the Global Civic Debate on Governing the Rise of Artificial Intelligence report, which was presented to the EU Parliament in 2018. She is also a screenwriter and essayist. Her scripts have made the semi-finals for the Sundance Episodic TV Lab (2016), Roadmap Writers (2017) and her writing has been featured on PBS/Frontline, Al Jazeera and Pangyrus Literary Magazine. Currently, she is a UX/UI design strategist who helps enterprises improve their user experiences through voice and visual design.

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Turkish Elections: A Final Referendum on Erdogan’s Republic By Yavuz Baydar - Jan 30, 2023

With President Recep Tayyip Erdogan setting voting day for May 14, Turkey’s polarized political landscape is braced for the most critical, dramatic elections in the country’s history. Coinciding with the republic’s centennial, the choice of nearly 53 million voters feels existential: They will decide whether or not to approve – in final terms – Erdogan’s drive toward an extremely centralized system of … Continue reading “Turkish Elections: A Final Referendum on Erdogan’s Republic”

The End of the Road for Syria’s Opposition? By Haid Haid - Jan 29, 2023

Turkey’s efforts to normalize diplomatic relations with the Syrian regime have fueled unease among Syria’s armed opposition groups, leading some opponents of President Bashar Al Assad’s government to fear the end of their decade-long cause. Among those most concerned is Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS), a Sunni Islamist political and armed organization that controls most of northwest Syria. While there is no evidence … Continue reading “The End of the Road for Syria’s Opposition?”

China’s COVID Recovery and Implications for the Middle East By Yun Sun - Jan 28, 2023

More than a month has passed since China abandoned its zero-COVID policy, reopening its doors after three years of self-imposed isolation. Even as the pandemic sweeps through the country like a tsunami, infecting millions, many inside China believe the worst is behind them. This positive outlook is reflected in the economic arena. China experienced the slowest GDP growth … Continue reading “China’s COVID Recovery and Implications for the Middle East”

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”