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Support for a two-state solution among Palestinians and Israelis declines

Support for a two-state solution among Palestinians and Israelis declines

Support for a two-state solution among Palestinians and Israelis declines to just one-third on each side, along with growing opposition to the detailed items of a permanent peace agreement for implementing a two-state solution. Slightly more Israeli Jews support one unequal state under Israeli rule than the two-state solution; but both publics still prefer two states to any other democratic…

Libyans want citizenship for children of women married to foreigners

Libyans want citizenship for children of women married to foreigners

On October 19, 2022, the Government of National Unity (GNU) in Libya decreed that children of Libyan women married to foreigners must enjoy the same rights as Libyan citizens, including access to free healthcare and education inside the country and acceptance at Libyan schools abroad. The decree also waived visa requirement for the group. Children of Libyan women married to…

Citizens Lukewarm on Leaders’ Cold War

Citizens Lukewarm on Leaders’ Cold War

Over the last decade, there has been an ongoing competition for leadership within the Middle East and North Africa. Some have described this as a new Arab Cold War, with an anti-Iran and anti-Islamist block led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on one side with a more pro-Iran and pro-Islamist bloc led by Turkey and Qatar on…

How Do MENA Citizens View Normalization With Israel?

How Do MENA Citizens View Normalization With Israel?

There is broad rejection among ordinary citizens across MENA of the U.S.-backed Abraham Accords and a broader peace deal with Israel. Although at most about a quarter of citizens in the region say they follow news on this issue a great deal or fair amount, including just one-in-ten in Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, these peace agreements are widely…

Re-thinking the drivers of regular and irregular migration: evidence from the MENA region

Re-thinking the drivers of regular and irregular migration: evidence from the MENA region

Why do individuals vary in their desire to emigrate? Why are some willing to emigrate irregularly? My recently published open access article in Comparative Migration Studies tests four theoretical approaches to these two questions—socio-demographics; economic and political context; access to migrant networks; and psychological factors—across 12 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. To do so, it uses logistic…

Half of Lebanese consider migrating

Half of Lebanese consider migrating

Lebanese are the most pessimistic about their country’s economic future of any country surveyed in Arab Barometer’s sixth wave between 2020 and the spring of 2021. Among all the economic worries, the rising cost of living is seen as the biggest challenge. Unsurprisingly, about half citizens (48 percent) are seeking to leave their homeland for better opportunities abroad. Yet, when…

Iraq Pulse: unrest amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Iraq Pulse: unrest amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Nearly 19 years have passed since the removal of Saddam Hussein from power and the establishment of the second republic of Iraq. While the structures of the State and the political system have been deeply and extensively reshaped, the impact of this transformation on the life of Iraqis remains debated. The latest Arab Barometer’s (AB) survey (Wave VI which was–…

Palestinian views on local and international dualities

Palestinian views on local and international dualities

The public favors a neutral stand in the Russian war against Ukraine even as slightly more people blame Russia for starting the war; closer to home, Israel-PA “confidence building measures” are increasingly viewed favorably even as two-thirds share the view that Israel is an apartheid state; and domestically, ten months after the Israel-Hamas War, Fatah’s popularity returns to its pre-May…

What MENA Citizens Think About The Environment in 11 Graphs

What MENA Citizens Think About The Environment in 11 Graphs

From 28 to 31 March 2022, the inaugural Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2022 in Dubai, UAE will bring together key stakeholders to take the pulse of climate action in the region, explore climate challenges and opportunities to build forward from the pandemic and showcase ambitious solutions. Arab Barometer’s 2018-2019 wave of surveys found that citizens across MENA…