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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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    Libya’s Revolution and Its Aftermath
    Frederic Wehrey, Mary Fitzgerald, Peter Cole, Abdul Rahman AlAgeli, Peter Bartu March 12, 2015 Washington, DC

    More than three years after the fall of former leader Muammar Qaddafi, Libya is wracked by worsening civil war, foreign intervention, and the rise of transnational terrorism groups like the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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    Future Trends in the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey, Kristin Smith Diwan, Jamil De Dominicis, Jane Kinninmont, Matar Ebrahim Matar March 3, 2015 Washington, DC

    Amid a region beset by civil wars and terrorism, the Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council are facing growing challenges from an increasingly youthful population, aging rulers, economic pressures, and a new information environment.

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    The Battle Against the Islamic State: Where Do We Go From Here?
    Marwan Muasher, Lukman Faily, James Jeffrey, Katherine Wilkens February 12, 2015 Washington, DC

    Six months since the creation of the international coalition against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), the military campaign is entering a new phase following the gruesome murder of a Jordanian pilot and the defeat of IS in Kobane last month.

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    Making Sense of Yemen’s Power Crisis
    Intissar Fakir, Nasser Arrabyee, Nadwa Aldawsari, Laura Kasinof February 10, 2015 Washington, DC

    Houthi advances in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a and the subsequent resignation of the president and his cabinet have thrown the country into chaos in recent weeks.

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    Roger Cohen in Conversation With Karim Sadjadpour
    Karim Sadjadpour, Roger Cohen January 26, 2015 Washington, DC

    New York Times columnist Roger Cohen will discuss his acclaimed new book, a moving memoir of his family’s long struggle with displacement, exile, anti-semitism, and apartheid, and how these same themes continue to haunt the contemporary Middle East.

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    Global Oil and the Middle East Economic Outlook
    Katherine Wilkens, Uri Dadush, Deborah Gordon, Masood Ahmed January 23, 2015 Washington, DC

    The steady decline of global oil prices since June 2014 is shifting economic, political, and strategic calculations of key Middle East actors, and adding a new element of uncertainty at a time of increased regional conflict and polarization.

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    What Fuels Global Jihadism?
    Karim Sadjadpour, Maajid Nawaz December 16, 2014 Washington, DC

    The recent Senate report about the CIA’s use of torture against suspected terrorists renews important questions about the most effective and ethical means to counter the threat of global jihadism.

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    The Crisis in Jerusalem
    Michele Dunne, Shlomo Brom, Khalil Toufakji December 8, 2014 Washington, DC

    Violent attacks and counter attacks in Jerusalem have escalated as access to the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount has changed, raising the profile of the religious aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict alongside its nationalist and territorial dimensions.

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    From Hizbullah to the Islamic State
    Lina Khatib, Frederic Wehrey, Joseph Bahout November 3, 2014 Washington, DC

    From humble beginnings in the 1980s, Hizbullah’s political clout and public perception have trended upward, thanks to a communications strategy that has adapted to changes in the local and regional environment.

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    The Islamic State and the Middle East’s Shifting Geopolitical Landscape
    October 29, 2014 Washington, DC

    This all-day conference examined the local and regional roots of the growing violence, fragmentation, and instability gripping the Middle East today.


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