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Airstrikes Will Not Beat ISIS

The most airstrikes can achieve is the containment of the Islamic State through limiting its ability to expand geographically. They can not lead to its eradication.

Ending Libya’s Civil War

Restoring stability in Libya and building a unified security structure will be difficult if not impossible without broad-based political reconciliation.

Qatar and the Arab Spring: Policy Drivers and Regional Implications

Qatar’s new leadership is reverting to a more pragmatic foreign policy and addressing the fallout from its support for Islamist movements in the region.

Lebanon’s Model of Moderation

The international community should move beyond military aid to support Lebanon’s real strengths: its moderate, pluralist, and vibrant society.

The National Guard in Iraq: A Risky Strategy to Combat the Islamic State

A new national guard in Iraq must be accompanied by diplomatic efforts to reach out to Sunnis and prevent outside meddling.

Avoiding Old Mistakes in the New Game of Islamic Politics

The U.S. leadership and foreign policy community are ill-equipped to understand the non-military aspects of the struggle against the Islamic State.

The New Arab Wars

An unprecedented number of Arab countries are in the midst of large-scale armed conflict. The patterns of these Arab wars are revealing new dynamics and impacts.

To Confront the Islamic State, Seek a Truce in Syria

As an international coalition gears up to confront the Islamic State, there is a rare opportunity to try to get the Syrian regime and rebels to stop fighting each other.

The Egyptian State and the Religious Sphere

Egypt should include—rather than exclude—its diverse religious movements. In this bid for inclusion, such an approach would help curb violence and extremism and ensure stability.

Qatar and the Recalibration of Power in the Gulf

Qatar wants to increase its influence and break free from Saudi Arabia’s orbit. But its miscalculations and domestic and international challenges make that difficult.

Will U.S. End Up Playing “Whack-a-Mole”?

The president's four-pronged strategy of airstrikes, support to local proxies, defending against ISIS attacks through intelligence and counter-terrorism, and humanitarian assistance leaves many unanswered questions.

Defeating Islamic State Requires a Saudi-Iranian Compromise

The success of any U.S. effort to establish an international coalition to counter the Islamic State will depend on whether Saudi Arabia and Iran can compromise.

The Military Economy and the Future of the Private Sector in Egypt

The economic ventures carried out by affiliates of the Egyptian armed forces will have long-term negative effects on the future of Egypt’s private sector.

Backdrop to an Intervention: Sources of Egyptian-Libyan Border Tension

Egypt and its Gulf backers need to end their harmful meddling in Libya’s affairs under the guise of counterterrorism.

A New Turkish Foreign Policy?

The Syrian and Iraqi crises revealed that Turkey cannot guarantee its own security without solid cooperation from its western allies. As Erdogan transitions from prime minster to president, he must recognize this reality.


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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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