As Egypt moves toward parliamentary elections on November 28, political parties are debating whether to participate in the process or to boycott, while the ruling party struggles to manage competition within its own ranks and opposition groups face restrictions on their ability to campaign.
The United Nations Tribunal investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is expected to release its findings soon and might indict members of Hizbollah. This has raised tensions in Lebanon to the breaking point.
Morocco has made notable progress in fighting poverty over the last decade. However, its successes have not been enough to sustainably reduce national poverty levels.
In advance of President Obama's meetings with Egypt's Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah II and the Palestinian–Israeli direct talks, Carnegie experts previewed expectations for the talks and discussed Mubarak’s visit as the country approaches critical parliamentary elections this fall.
Morocco recorded an impressive decline in monetary poverty over the last decade, and compared to other Arab countries, Morocco's trends are remarkable and deserve a deeper investigation to draw policy lessons.
While Prime Minister Netanyahu was received warmly on his recent visit to Washington, progress on the peace process remains in doubt. If direct negotiations are to resume, the split among Palestinians will hamper—and arguably prevent—the ability of President Abbas to negotiate on behalf of the divided people.
A year after President Obama called for a new beginning in U.S. relations with the Muslim world, it is still unclear how important human rights are for Washington’s policies in the Arab world. Is it possible for the U.S. to engage with governments in the region and consistently defend human rights?
The forthcoming elections may lead to an unprecedented change in Egypt’s political scene. But whether the opposition actors will be able to push for greater political reform, and whether the regime will let them, remains to be seen.
Israel’s raid on a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships bound for Gaza, which reportedly left at least nine people dead, drew condemnation from international leaders and leaves prospects for Israeli-Palestinian talks even more dismal.
In recent years, India has become a major actor in Asian and international politics. Its growing political and economic power allows New Delhi to exercise more influence outside its borders, and strengthen its role as a vital and key state to regional stability.