Middle East

 
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ISIS: Global Islamic Caliphate or Islamic Mini-State in Iraq?

Unless Baghdad offers political reconciliation and reintegration, ISIS will deepen its rule of its mini-Islamic state in Iraq.

Why Sisi Cannot Let Egypt’s Gaza Deal Fail

Egypt has presented an initiative to broker a deal between Hamas and Israel to end the current violence. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi cannot afford to see it fail.

Five Myths About Hamas

Predicting how Hamas is likely to act and react requires probing what the organization can do, what it wants, and how it sees itself. From Hamas’s angle, the current fighting offers just as many opportunities as threats.

How to Resolve the Iran Impasse

If Iran, the United States and the others could agree to pre-stock fuel for Bushehr and focus Iran’s enrichment program on research and development, it would be in everyone’s interest to extend the negotiations on this basis.

Egypt’s Media in the Midst of Revolution

More than three years after the January 25 revolution toppled then Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Egypt continues to struggle with an authoritarian media sector and constraints on freedom of expression.

Iraq Illusions

The story in Iraq, which has seemed to be all about religion and military developments, is actually mostly about politics: access to government revenue and services, a say in decision-making, and a modicum of social justice.

How to Resolve the Iran Impasse

If Iran, the United States and the others could agree to pre-stock fuel for Bushehr and focus Iran’s enrichment program on research and development, it would be in everyone’s interest to extend the negotiations on this basis.

Do Not Belittle the Islamic State

The declaration of a Middle Eastern caliphate has wide-reaching consequences for the region and the world. The West needs to realize the significance of what is happening.

How Iraq Crisis Highlights Need for Inclusion

The real story in Iraq, and the Middle East at large, is the policies of exclusion that have created an environment in which radical organizations like ISIS have been able to gain ground.

ISIS: Terrorism Upgraded

The Islamic State seeks to create and govern a Sunni heartland that bisects the Shiite-led alliance that stretches from Tehran to Hezbollah’s stronghold in Lebanon.

Taking Sides in Libya

To avoid throwing the country into further chaos, Libyans must focus on forging a consensus government, build security institutions, and recommit itself to a broad-based national reconciliation and the drafting of an equitable constitution.

Race for the Turkish Presidency

By choosing Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu as its joint presidential candidate, the Turkish opposition has shown that it can offer hope and appeal to the broader Turkish population.

Choosing Security and Freedom in Egypt

The expanding clampdown on fundamental rights in Egypt overlooks the fact that security and stability cannot be attained in the absence of freedom, dignity, and social justice.

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Failures

Though it had to operate in a hostile political environment, the Brotherhood ultimately fell because of its own political, ideological, and organizational failures.

U.S. Foreign Policy on Syria and Iraq

It is time for the United States to take responsibility for the failures of its Middle East policies.

 

Syria in Crisis

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Egypt in Focus

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About the Program

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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