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The Ultimate Fatal Attraction: 5 Reasons People Join ISIS

Five distinct trends—not including theology or technology—explain the fatal attraction to the Islamic State. Understanding these trends is vital for winning the war against extremist ideologies.

Iraq’s Existential Crisis: Sectarianism Is Just Part of the Problem

The conflict has renewed interest in splitting Iraq along religious and ethnic lines, but steps are needed for the country’s long-term recovery.

U.S.-Arab Counterterrorism Cooperation

Many Arab governments are fueling the very extremism they purport to fight and looking for U.S. cover. Washington should play the long game.

Egypt’s Sisi and the Insurgency

The question is whether the scorched earth methods practised by Sisi and his government are helping to build legitimacy among the Egyptian population, or if they will fuel radicalisation and alienate large swaths of the public.

Can Oil and Gas Markets Adjust to a Rising Persia?

A nuclear deal with Iran could help revive the country’s energy sector, with serious effects on consumers and producers, especially in the Middle East.

Tunisia Treads Cautiously Over Energy Reform in Postrevolution Recovery

Tunisia ignited the Arab Spring nearly four years ago and has developed into a well-functioning society. But it remains in the grip of political instability and its economic recovery is frail.

Is Libya a Proxy War?

In many respects, the war of narratives underway in Libya is a mirror of the polarization that is underway in the Gulf itself and in the broader Arab world.

Egypt’s Repression of Civic Activists is a Serious Mistake

Washington’s policy toward Egypt suffers from a persistent underestimation of the negative impact undemocratic Egyptian politics have on U.S. interests in the country.

Rabat’s Undoing

The Arab Spring­–driven 2011 constitutional reforms may be changing Morocco’s political system more than anticipated. Namely, it has allowed Morocco’s governing Islamist party to increase the palace’s political accountability.

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.


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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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