Middle East

 
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How Egypt Prolonged the Gaza War

As negotiations on a lasting cease-fire in Gaza grind on in Cairo, it’s not only the animosity between Israel and Hamas that is complicating the talks—it’s also Egypt’s role as mediator.

The Political and Security Fallout of the Battle in Arsal

The battle that pitted the Lebanese Armed Forces against Islamist extremist groups led by the Islamic State in the border town of Arsal has exposed a web of intertwined problems in Lebanon.

Fighting Terrorism and Securing Liberties in Tunisia

The specter of terrorism in Tunisia may force a postponement of planned elections and derail the country's political transition.

The West and President Erdoğan

Now that Erdogan has won the Turkish Presidency, the question is how he will restore Turkey’s relationship with its allies and what the future of Turkish foreign policy will be.

Lebanon’s Inevitable Entanglement in Regional Conflict

Despite its attempts to remain untouched by regional turmoil, Lebanon is deeply entangled—and will continue to be as long as Hezbollah is outside of official control.

On Egypt’s Position Towards the War in Gaza

Egypt’s harsh stand toward Hamas in the latest conflict in Gaza is not merely due to the deterioration in relations since the overthrow of the Morsi government.

What the Gaza War Means for the Middle East

With intensifying international pressure to end hostilities, a brief lull in fighting currently prevails in Gaza. But a formal ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has proven elusive.

What’s Behind Libya’s Spiraling Violence?

Libya is clearly entering a dangerous new phase, but conventional readings of its politics misdiagnose the problem and offer solutions that will fail or even make things worse.

ISIS: Global Islamic Caliphate or Islamic Mini-State in Iraq?

Unless Baghdad offers political reconciliation and reintegration, ISIS will deepen its rule of its mini-Islamic state in Iraq.

Why Sisi Cannot Let Egypt’s Gaza Deal Fail

Egypt has presented an initiative to broker a deal between Hamas and Israel to end the current violence. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi cannot afford to see it fail.

Five Myths About Hamas

Predicting how Hamas is likely to act and react requires probing what the organization can do, what it wants, and how it sees itself. From Hamas’s angle, the current fighting offers just as many opportunities as threats.

How to Resolve the Iran Impasse

If Iran, the United States and the others could agree to pre-stock fuel for Bushehr and focus Iran’s enrichment program on research and development, it would be in everyone’s interest to extend the negotiations on this basis.

Egypt’s Media in the Midst of Revolution

More than three years after the January 25 revolution toppled then Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Egypt continues to struggle with an authoritarian media sector and constraints on freedom of expression.

Iraq Illusions

The story in Iraq, which has seemed to be all about religion and military developments, is actually mostly about politics: access to government revenue and services, a say in decision-making, and a modicum of social justice.

How to Resolve the Iran Impasse

If Iran, the United States and the others could agree to pre-stock fuel for Bushehr and focus Iran’s enrichment program on research and development, it would be in everyone’s interest to extend the negotiations on this basis.

 

Syria in Crisis

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Egypt in Focus

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About the Program

The Carnegie Middle East Program combines in-depth local knowledge with incisive comparative analysis to examine economic, sociopolitical, and strategic interests in the Arab world. Through detailed country studies and the exploration of key crosscutting themes, the Carnegie Middle East Program, in coordination with the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, provides analysis and recommendations in both English and Arabic that are deeply informed by knowledge and views from the region. The program has special expertise in political reform and Islamist participation in pluralistic politics.

 
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