Middle East

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Jordan’s Refugee Crisis

If Jordan is to confront its national challenges and continue to provide a safe haven for Syrian refugees, the country will depend on increased international support.

The Roots of Europe’s Refugee Crisis

The refugee crisis is impacting political stability in the Middle East and Europe. How should leaders respond to the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II?

The Future of Political Salafism in Egypt and Tunisia

Peaceful Salafi political parties are losing strength in Egypt and Tunisia while the popularity of Salafi-jihadi movements aiming to build an Islamic state by force is increasing.

Egypt’s Escalating Islamist Insurgency

Egypt could be facing a dangerous Islamist insurgency unless the state formulates proper strategies to tackle the fragmented Islamist political scene.

Market for Jihad: Radicalization in Tunisia

The Tunisian government and other political and religious actors need to work together on a de-radicalization strategy that brings reform to both the political and the religious spheres.

Kurdistan’s Democracy on the Brink

Iraqi Kurdistan’s budding democracy faces tough challenges as the region remains politically divided and President Masoud Barzani continues to remain in power despite protests.

Assad’s Officer Ghetto

The Syrian capital’s military housing has helped cement bonds between army officers, which has buoyed the Assad regime during the current crisis.

Caught in History’s Crosswinds

Five years after the start of a wave of protests that rocked the Arab world, Arabs and non-Arabs alike are struggling to comprehend the bitter harvest of the political uprisings.

Imagining a New Security Order in the Persian Gulf

The Iranian nuclear agreement presents an opportunity to take a first step toward creating a new security order in the Gulf, one that could improve relations between Iran and the Gulf Arab states and facilitate a lessening of the U.S. military commitment.

Algeria, the Sleeping Giant of North Africa

Algeria has assets that could enable it to become North Africa’s regional power but it must overcome its socioeconomic woes to realize its full potential.

Tunisia’s Nobel Prize: A Brilliant Victory, However…

For Tunisians, winning the Nobel Prize evoked a great sense of pride, but it also stirred up profound concerns about the fate of their budding political transition.


Renegotiating Civil-Military Relations in Arab States

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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