Middle East

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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.

The Sisi Government’s Attempts to Win Over Egypt’s Civil Servants

The setting of a minimum and maximum wage for Egypt’s civil service will help the system become more transparent and equal. But comprehensive reform is still needed.

Iran Has Great Potential, Which It Squanders

Unless and until Iran prioritizes national and economic interests before revolutionary ideology, it will continue to remain a country with enormous but squandered potential.

The Arab Region at Tipping Point

The Arab states are at a tipping point. Some have already gone past it, while others must make hard choices if they are to avoid it.

Egypt, Counterterrorism, and the Politics of Alienation

The Sisi government’s policies of repression and exclusion are alienating Egypt’s restive population and threatening to push Egyptians into the arms of extremist groups.

How Egypt Prolonged the Gaza War

As negotiations on a lasting cease-fire in Gaza grind on in Cairo, it’s not only the animosity between Israel and Hamas that is complicating the talks—it’s also Egypt’s role as mediator.

The Political and Security Fallout of the Battle in Arsal

The battle that pitted the Lebanese Armed Forces against Islamist extremist groups led by the Islamic State in the border town of Arsal has exposed a web of intertwined problems in Lebanon.

Fighting Terrorism and Securing Liberties in Tunisia

The specter of terrorism in Tunisia may force a postponement of planned elections and derail the country's political transition.

The West and President Erdoğan

Now that Erdogan has won the Turkish Presidency, the question is how he will restore Turkey’s relationship with its allies and what the future of Turkish foreign policy will be.

Lebanon’s Inevitable Entanglement in Regional Conflict

Despite its attempts to remain untouched by regional turmoil, Lebanon is deeply entangled—and will continue to be as long as Hezbollah is outside of official control.

On Egypt’s Position Towards the War in Gaza

Egypt’s harsh stand toward Hamas in the latest conflict in Gaza is not merely due to the deterioration in relations since the overthrow of the Morsi government.


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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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