Societies worldwide are grappling with political, technological, economic, and cultural transformations. However, the inherent pressures have been particularly combustible in the Arab world, given institutional deficiencies and the proliferation of conflict, sectarianism, and radicalization.
The strengthening of authoritarianism is especially visible in the margins of the Egyptian state.
Russia is pressing for a political solution in Syria but it will have to push Assad harder to accept it.
There may be more continuity than change in Trump’s approach to the Middle East than his campaign rhetoric would suggest.
The death of Iranian ex-President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the original pillars of the 1979 Revolution, could have broad effects on Iran’s reformist movement.
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani helped Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ascend to the supreme leadership of Iran and spent the next three decades trying, unsuccessfully, to wrestle power back from the man he enthroned.
In an interview, renowned photographer Don McCullin looks back on his career and memories from the Middle East.
In an interview, Abul-Abbas al-Shami looks back on his role in the Syrian uprising.
Tales of Russian ascendancy in the Middle East are overblown.
EU policy towards the Maghreb is still reflective of the disjointed self-interests of member states who favor their own short-term political and security interests and does not take stock of the new realities affecting security in several countries of the Maghreb.
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.