Middle East

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The Reconstruction of Gaza and the Peace Process

Europeans should support the bid for increased recognition for the State of Palestine—a low-cost means to infuse political energy back into the stalled peace process.

Time to Devalue Islamic State Hostage ‘Tools’

Hostages have become a key tool of both propaganda and war for the Islamic State, sparking anger and disbelief across the world. However, the global response is failing to curb this terrorist strategy.

Egypt’s Conservative Nationalism

Egypt has witnessed a tidal wave of conservative nationalism since June 30 that cuts across regime discourse on local politics, the economy, and foreign relations.

Is There an Answer for Syria?

The rapid rise of the Islamic State means core assumptions driving policy on Syria must be rethought.

Egypt’s Resurgent Authoritarianism: It’s a Way of Life

In the absence of parliament, the Sisi government is laying the foundation for officials to act with sweeping powers—and little accountability.

Libya’s Legitimacy Crisis

At its core, the fighting in Libya is about two centers of power vying for the mantle of legitimacy in a country devoid of any workable institutions.

IS in Algeria: Serious Threat or Publicity Stunt?

The latest act of violence in Algeria may be part of a pattern of opportunism for the leader of Jund El Khalifa rather than an indication of Islamic State presence.

The European Union Must Face the Islamic State

The Islamic State is posing an unprecedented type of threat to the West, especially to European states. The European Union must respond by focusing on five key priorities.

Turkey’s ISIS Crisis

Turkey fundamentally disagrees with the United States in its interpretation of the threat that the Islamic State poses, viewing the group as a symptom of deeper pathologies.

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.


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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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