Syria's coastal region, although perceived as an island outside of the conflict, has also been affected in a number of ways by the country's protracted civil war.
Although not new, the threat of lone wolf terrorists is a growing phenomenon.
Five years into the civil war in Syria, the effects have been felt globally and few paths toward peace appear viable.
Egypt’s economic crisis deprives the regime of the financial and economic resources needed to sustain a solid social base among public sector employees, and hence hinders the consolidation of authoritarian rule.
While Tunisia is often and rightly lauded for its progress, social inequality and regional asymmetries are undermining the country’s democratic transition.
The death of famed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami was greeted with great sorrow, though his shadow will only grow larger with the passage of time.
While the nuclear accord with Iran has curbed their nuclear program, the West’s relationship with Iran remains challenging.
European diplomacy might be better aimed by helping to forge an international consensus that encourages the use of legal frameworks to provide an alternative to unilateral use of force and the creating of facts on the ground.
The Syrian government has been able to offset its manpower shortage by relying on local actors with decades-old ties to the regime, but counting on these proxies may no longer be possible.
The tragic Baghdad bombings are a consequence of the Islamic State's changing tactics and divisions within Iraq's political and security establishment.
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.