The traditional tools of U.S. statecraft in the Middle East are wanting.
The pro-democracy uprisings that swept across the Middle East in 2011 made clear the need to forge a new social contract between rulers and ruled.
Despite the clear autocratic nature and the violations of basic human rights prevalent in many recently approved laws, the Egyptian parliament passed almost all of them with very little discussion.
Egypt’s new capital is likely to be another urban failure.
Thirty-four years after Bachir Gemayel’s assassination, what remains is a man athwart Lebanon’s history.
Syrian rebels are borrowing from the legacy of the Fighting Vanguard.
Parliament has moved on church-building in Egypt, but it is unlikely to be enough.
In an interview, Walid Joumblatt asks for more U.S. involvement in the Middle East and believes Bashar al-Assad will remain in power.
How might Lebanon’s municipal elections affect parliamentary elections next year?
As a new UN humanitarian coordinator arrives in Damascus, calls for a debate over aid increase.
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.