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The Fight for Mosul: Learning From the Past

The Islamic State will only be ousted from Iraq’s second largest city if Sunni tribal forces join the fight. That will require rebuilding their trust in Baghdad.

The Battle for Libya’s Oil

There's no central government in Libya but rather two competing claims on legitimacy and sovereignty.

Mutual Escalation in Egypt

Egypt may be upon a new and deadlier phase in which the extremists on each side fulfill their prophecies of a fight to the death between good and evil.

Charlie-Hebdo, France’s Secularism, Islam, and Us All

In Europe and the West at large, the likes of the Kouachi brothers are the product of a long and sinuous history tying the two shores of the Mediterranean together.

Engaging in Politics, Assad-Style

The Assad regime’s belief that, by hanging tough, it will compel the United States both to accept its terms and make its regional allies follow suit is a high-risk gamble.

Jordan's Executions of Jihadists Could Backfire

Jordan’s revenge marks a major shift in the war against the Islamic State and is likely to change the nature of the actors in the Syrian conflict.

Building a Better Post-Oslo Era

The United States and Europe should encourage Israeli and Palestinian leaders to use international organizations and law as an alternative to violence.

Why ISIS Did Not Entirely Lose in Kobane

The Kurdish town of Kobane has been declared free of the Islamic State. But despite failing in its endeavor to control Kobane, the Islamic State is not a clear loser in this battle.

Libya’s War-Weary Make Peace?

Misrata offers reasons for guarded optimism when it comes to Libya’s future as a unified state.

A Decade of Aborted Social and Political Change in Egypt

The developing military-backed regime under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signals the triumph of the Egyptian bureaucracy.

The Emerging Jihadist Threat in Lebanon

The Islamic State’s expansion in Qalamoun is not the real threat to Lebanon’s security—the Nusra Front’s attempt to gain more control along the Lebanese side of the border is.

ISIS Hostage Crisis

Members of the Jordanian pilot’s tribe have protested in Amman, pressuring the government to agree to an exchange.

Why ISIS Keeps Expanding

More than four months after the start of an international airstrikes campaign against the Islamic State, the organization continues to expand—going beyond the geographical areas of Syria and Iraq.

The Saudi Regime’s Justice System

The public flogging of Raif Badawi has come at a critical time for the Kingdom, with many drawing parallels between the Islamic State’s brutality and law enforcement practices in Saudi Arabia.

Syria in 2015: Political Stalemate Again, or Compromise?

2015 begins with new proposals to resolve the conflict, but 2014 has shown that even dramatic geo-political and military changes can leave the conflict dynamic unaltered and the stalemate unbroken.


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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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