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Questions related to politics of the Middle East and/or any of the territories within it (use the relevant tag of the Country alongside this).

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Why is redrawing the artificial borders not a viable solution to conflicted states?

Multiple states in Middle East and Africa seem to be stuck in violent conflicts that seem to be reoccurring and nearly inevitable because of the unstable internal power balance of various ethnic or ...
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Do Sunnis support monarchy and Shias support republic?

In several accounts about the Sunni-Shia conflicts erupting in the Middle East (such as this one) the Sunnis are usually viewed as taking the side of a monarchy and the Shia the side of the rebels ...
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Why are most US news programs silent about Iran-Saudi deal announced at Beijing on March 10th?

Saudi Arabia, Iran restore relations in a deal brokered by China on March 10th. Now 3 days have passed, but I only saw MSNBC and BBC briefly reported it on their TV programs once. All the other news ...
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Did any country indicate support for Armenia in the ongoing conflict with Azerbaijan? Do they have any potential allies?

It seems that Turkey, Pakistan and Ukraine have indicated support for Azerbaijan (actually, Pakistan even does not recognize Armenia). Israel also seems to be inclined in favor of Azerbaijan due to ...
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Why do we call the Syrian refugees refugees?

According to the legal definition of being a refugee, a refugee is someone who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular ...
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Why do Muslim refugees seek asylum in Europe and not in rich countries in the Middle East?

There are several rich "Muslim" states in Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and so on. It seems that none of them want to receive Syrian, Iraqi, North African and other Muslim refugees. ...
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Why do the Palestinian refugees have special status among the refugees?

The UN body dedicated to protect and help the refugees all around the world is the UNHCR - except for the Palestinian refugees who are the sole group to have their own, specially dedicated UN body: ...
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Why did Arab spring and Iranian green revolution fail, but the European revolutions didn't?

Why did the Arab spring back a few years ago fail for the most part, the Iranian green movement didn't get the result it wanted, but the European revolutions (such as French revolution in part or ...
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Why is nobody worried about Pakistan's nuclear program?

I'm asking about what seems to me to be a double standard in the level of concern, in the media and among world leaders, regarding the nuclear capability of two states in the Greater Middle East. The ...
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Are there any political parties in Saudi Arabia?

Are there any political parties in Saudi Arabia? If there aren't any, then what stops the establishment of such parties?
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Why US has a biased approach towards Shia Militants

I have been observing Middle-east for past 5/6 years and have observed a clear biased approach by US towards Sunni and Shia militants US Behaviour towards Sunni Militants Countless Drones in North-...
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What is Blue and White's policy on the Arab rights in the (future) West Bank?

I'm interested in the Israeli party Blue and White's positions on the Palestinian freedom of movement Palestian freedom to vote to Knesset state subventions to Israeli settlements Do these positions ...
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Why is Iran determined by U.S. as the biggest state sponsor of terror in the world today?

This is the official stance of the Trump administration. Was it also the position of the Obama administration and Bush administration? What is this based on? I know that America considers Hezbollah ...
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Why are most Islamic countries less democratic/more corrupt than most Western countries? [closed]

Why are most Islamic governments, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, less democratic and more corrupt than most Christian-aligned countries particularly in the West?
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Why would US NOT sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

We have a question about motivating western countries to start sanctions against Saudi Arabia. It is rather simple question - murdering and torture in embassy are hard things to explain And what is ...
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Why was Saddam Hussein captured but Assad is still spared by America?

There were 2 major reasons for capturing Saddam: Possessing WMDs (Never proved completely) Killing Shias by Chemical Weapons In the neighbourhood of same Iraq, Bashar Al Assad has been doing ...
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Why is Oman interested in diplomatic relationship with Israel and vice versa?

Netanyahu visited Oman on the invitation of Sultan Qaboos bin Syed. Looks like Oman would be the 1st country in GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. What ...
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What is the reason for the Shia-Sunni conflict?

Almost everyday we hear about Shia and Sunni Muslims fighting each other. It is said that most Muslims die every year because of religion. What is the reason for the Shia-Sunni conflict?
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Is enfranchisement the answer to the middle east problem, or is dictatorship necessary for stability in the region? [closed]

There are examples to show that the government acts to moderate the wishes of the population at large. In case of a democracy, the religious mindset of the people would translate into policies that ...
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