• Policy Outlook

    Time to Pursue Democracy in Egypt

    Michele Dunne outlines the major implications of Egypt’s current political climate and presents four key issues on which the U.S. should focus its attention: presidential term limits, greater freedom for political parties and movements, independent election oversight, and limiting executive branch powers under a new counter-terrorism law.

    • Op-Ed

    No Change in Motives

    • Paper

    Islamist Movements in the Arab World and the 2006 Lebanon War

    Recent electoral successes by Islamist parties throughout the Arab world have shown those movements to be viable political opposition to many undemocratic regimes. Most analyses examine those movements only within their individual domestic political environments. Yet equally important is the impact of broader, regional issues on domestic politics and the resulting tensions with ruling regimes.

    • Op-Ed

    Democratic Reforms Missing from Egypt’s Political Debate

    • Liam Stack
    • October 23, 2006
    • The Daily Star Egypt

    • Op-Ed

    Support Freedom in the Arab World

    • Amr Hamzawy, Radwan Masmoudi
    • October 11, 2006
    • Washington Post

    An open letter to President Bush signed by 103 Arab and Muslim intellectuals and activists called on America to reaffirm its commitment to sustained democratic reform in the Arab world. Freedom and democracy are the only ways to build a world where violence is replaced by peaceful public debate and political participation, and despair is replaced by hope, tolerance and dignity.

    • Event

    After a Bloody Summer: What’s New in the Middle East?

    The Lebanon war was a war without winners. Trends indicate that if anything, the changes that are taking place are going in the wrong direction. This was a conflict where none of the participants achieved their objectives. The Carnegie Endowment, in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, hosted Marina Ottoway, Volker Perthes, and Amr Hamzawy to discuss implications of the Lebanon War.

    • Amr Hamzawy in the Arab Media

      • Event

      At the Center of the Storm: What Political Future for Lebanon?

      the Israeli military operations increased Hizbollah's in Lebanon and the region, but has been weakened through casualties and exhausted weapons stockpiles.

      • Op-Ed

      Israeli Attacks on Lebanese Civilians Hurt U.S. Standing in Region

      Even though many Lebanese people and several Arab governments criticized Hezbollah for instigating the crisis with Israel, the Israeli air attacks -- including the killing of many civilians -- have now quieted the criticism, and in fact have worsened the already poor standing of the United States in the Arab world.

      • TV/Radio Broadcast

      The Fourth Power: The Key to the Lebanese Crisis

      On July 26, Amr Hamzawy appeared on Al Arabiya to discuss regional and international dimensions of the ongoing Middle East crisis.

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      Nathan J. Brown
      Nonresident Senior Fellow
      Middle East Program
      Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, is a distinguished scholar and author of six well-received books on Arab politics.
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      Thomas Carothers
      Harvey V. Fineberg Chair for Democracy Studies
      Interim President
      Thomas Carothers is interim president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is a leading authority on international support for democracy, human rights, governance, the rule of law, and civil society.
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      Michele Dunne
      Director and Senior Fellow
      Middle East Program
      Dunne is an expert on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.
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      Kim Ghattas
      Nonresident Senior Fellow
      Kim Ghattas is a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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      David Linfield
      Visiting Scholar
      Middle East Program
      David Linfield is a visiting scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where he specializes in how socioeconomic inequality is reshaping political alliances and driving new pressure for change.
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      Marwan Muasher
      Vice President for Studies
      Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.
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      Richard Sokolsky
      Nonresident Senior Fellow
      Russia and Eurasia Program
      Richard Sokolsky is a nonresident senior fellow in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program. His work focuses on U.S. policy toward Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.
    • expert thumbnail - Walles
      Jake Walles
      Nonresident Senior Fellow
      Middle East Program
      Jake Walles is a nonresident senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focuses on Israeli-Palestinian issues, Tunisia, and counterterrorism.
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      Maha Yahya
      Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center
      Yahya is director of the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on citizenship, pluralism, and social justice in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings.
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      Sarah Yerkes
      Senior Fellow
      Middle East Program
      Sarah Yerkes is a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on Tunisia’s political, economic, and security developments as well as state-society relations in the Middle East and North Africa.

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