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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.

Do Not Belittle the Islamic State

The declaration of a Middle Eastern caliphate has wide-reaching consequences for the region and the world. The West needs to realize the significance of what is happening.

How Iraq Crisis Highlights Need for Inclusion

The real story in Iraq, and the Middle East at large, is the policies of exclusion that have created an environment in which radical organizations like ISIS have been able to gain ground.

ISIS: Terrorism Upgraded

The Islamic State seeks to create and govern a Sunni heartland that bisects the Shiite-led alliance that stretches from Tehran to Hezbollah’s stronghold in Lebanon.

Taking Sides in Libya

To avoid throwing the country into further chaos, Libyans must focus on forging a consensus government, build security institutions, and recommit itself to a broad-based national reconciliation and the drafting of an equitable constitution.

Race for the Turkish Presidency

By choosing Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu as its joint presidential candidate, the Turkish opposition has shown that it can offer hope and appeal to the broader Turkish population.

Choosing Security and Freedom in Egypt

The expanding clampdown on fundamental rights in Egypt overlooks the fact that security and stability cannot be attained in the absence of freedom, dignity, and social justice.

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Failures

Though it had to operate in a hostile political environment, the Brotherhood ultimately fell because of its own political, ideological, and organizational failures.

U.S. Foreign Policy on Syria and Iraq

It is time for the United States to take responsibility for the failures of its Middle East policies.

Are the Sykes-Picot Borders Being Redrawn?

The dramatic seizure of Mosul by ISIS marks what may be a fateful turning point in Iraq’s history. But it would be inaccurate to re-frame the region’s crises as governed solely by sect and ethnicity.

The Military Crowds Out Civilian Business in Egypt

The army’s renewed role in Egypt’s domestic affairs raises basic questions about the commercial role of the military, especially the fairness and accountability of its practices.

Obama’s Dangerous New Terror War

It’s important to understand the limits of U.S. assistance: It can help build security institutions, but it cannot shape how those institutions are commandeered for personal, political, or communal aims.

To Beat ISIS, Exploit Its Contradictions

It is vital that any response to ISIS—Iraqi, Iranian, or American—be designed to exploit the divisions and contradictions within the organization and the coalition it has formed.

 
  • Op-Ed
    Five Myths About Hamas
    Nathan Brown July 18, 2014 Washington Post

    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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    How to Resolve the Iran Impasse
    George Perkovich July 11, 2014 Washington Post

    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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Iraq Illusions
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews July 10, 2014 New York Review of Books Русский

    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.

     
  • Article
    Do Not Belittle the Islamic State
    Marc Pierini July 10, 2014

    The declaration of a Middle Eastern caliphate has wide-reaching consequences for the region and the world. The West needs to realize the significance of what is happening.

     
  • Op-Ed
    US Should Respond to Bahrain
    Rachel Kleinfeld July 10, 2014 Hill

    If the United States does not respond to Bahrain’s expulsion of U.S. diplomat Tom Malinowski, it will not just be interpreted as weakness by other countries, it will also damage America’s ability to conduct foreign policy.

     
  • Op-Ed
    How the Iraq Crisis Highlights a Need for Inclusion Policies Across the Middle East
    Marwan Muasher July 8, 2014 World Post عربي

    The real story in Iraq, and the Middle East at large, is the policies of exclusion that have created an environment in which radical organizations like ISIS have been able to gain ground.

     
  • Op-Ed
    ISIS: Terrorism Upgraded
    Mario Abou Zeid July 8, 2014 National Interest عربي

    The Islamic State seeks to create and govern a Sunni heartland that bisects the Shiite-led alliance that stretches from Tehran to Hezbollah’s stronghold in Lebanon.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Iran’s Russia Problem
    Mark Hibbs July 7, 2014 Iran Fact File

    While an Iran with nuclear weapons would be a serious incalculable factor for Moscow to have to deal with on its southern flank, it’s also likely that Moscow sees the nuclear threat posed by Iran as less dramatic than the United States and the EU powers do.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Taking Sides in Libya
    Frederic Wehrey July 7, 2014 International New York Times عربي

    To avoid throwing the country into further chaos, Libyans must focus on forging a consensus government, build security institutions, and recommit itself to a broad-based national reconciliation and the drafting of an equitable constitution.

     
  • Article
    EU Foreign Policy in the Arab World: Three (Bad) Examples
    Marc Pierini July 3, 2014

    Reducing the role of the EU institutions in foreign policy making has severely dented the union’s standing, credibility, and influence in the Arab world and beyond.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Can the Egyptian Regime Still Play Peace Broker in Gaza Strife?
    Michele Dunne July 21, 2014 NPR’s All Things Considered

    Egypt is a party to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It probably has to be part of the solution. But it can’t play the same kind of brokering role that it played in the past.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Five Myths About Hamas
    Nathan Brown July 18, 2014 Washington Post

    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.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    No Alternative to Negotiations With Iran
    Karim Sadjadpour July 16, 2014 Charlie Rose Show

    Even if the gaps in diplomacy appear quite large, there’s no great alternative to a continuation of negotiations with Iran.

     
  • Paper
    Egypt’s Media in the Midst of Revolution
    Rasha Abdulla July 16, 2014

    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.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Can DC Diffuse Tensions Between Israel and Hamas?
    Michele Dunne July 15, 2014 Bloomberg

    In the past, Egypt has played the leading role in brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and the United States played more of a supportive role.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Hamas Doesn’t Have Much To Lose
    Michele Dunne July 11, 2014 CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper

    Engagements with Israel have a contradictory effect of bolstering the credibility of Hamas.

     
  • Op-Ed
    How to Resolve the Iran Impasse
    George Perkovich July 11, 2014 Washington Post

    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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Iraq Illusions
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews July 10, 2014 New York Review of Books Русский

    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.

     
  • Article
    Do Not Belittle the Islamic State
    Marc Pierini July 10, 2014

    The declaration of a Middle Eastern caliphate has wide-reaching consequences for the region and the world. The West needs to realize the significance of what is happening.

     
  • Op-Ed
    US Should Respond to Bahrain
    Rachel Kleinfeld July 10, 2014 Hill

    If the United States does not respond to Bahrain’s expulsion of U.S. diplomat Tom Malinowski, it will not just be interpreted as weakness by other countries, it will also damage America’s ability to conduct foreign policy.

     

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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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