Middle East Politics

  • Op-Ed
    Tartus in the Present Crisis: A Mirror of the Syrian Regime
    Kheder Khaddour April 13, 2014 Jadaliyya

    In Tartus, shielded from much of the current conflict, the Syrian regime had a golden opportunity to undertake and demonstrate reforms. It instead chose to continue to portray the state and society as unchanged and unchanging, implicitly asserting that all is well.

  • Other Publications
    Aid to Egypt: Black Hole or Black Gold?
    Lina Khatib, Michele Dunne April 10, 2014 Weekly Wonk

    Continued repression threatens to lead Egypt into a dark tunnel of insurgency and instability. The United States must implement aid policies that make accountability to one’s citizens a key condition to receive U.S. aid.

  • Article
    The Assad Regime: Winning on Points
    Yezid Sayigh April 10, 2014 عربي

    The Assad regime is clawing its way back to a position of dominance in the Syrian conflict. But it can only maintain that position as long as the armed conflict endures.

  • Article
    A Melancholy Perspective on Syria
    Yezid Sayigh April 8, 2014 عربي

    The time when Assad might have been defeated by a truly inept opposition leadership and fragmented rebel movement has passed.

  • Op-Ed
    Turkey: Local Elections Gave Huge Victory to Erdogan
    Bayram Balci April 3, 2014 Foreign Policy Journal

    The recent elections mark a new start and a new departure for the Turkish prime minister’s political career. Erdogan has proved that he is still popular, but despite this popularity and this victory, he has a lot of work ahead.

  • Op-Ed
    From Arab Spring to Presidential Spring
    Yezid Sayigh April 3, 2014 Al-Hayat عربي

    The “Presidential Spring” now underway in the Arab world reveals the enduring power of entrenched elite players and institutional actors and their ability to perpetuate self-serving—and mostly authoritarian—politics.

  • Op-Ed
    Erdoğan’s Pyrrhic Victory
    Sinan Ülgen April 3, 2014 Project Syndicate

    After winning recent local elections, Turkey’s prime minister may opt to lower the political temperature at home in the hope of repairing the country’s frayed relations abroad.

  • Testimony
    Congress Should Repeal Law Obstructing U.S. Assistance to Libya
    Frederic Wehrey April 3, 2014 House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security

    Washington’s ability to deliver effective and flexible support to Libya’s fragile post-revolution government is vital to the country’s future.

  • Op-Ed
    Egypt’s Judges Join In
    Michele Dunne, Nathan Brown April 2, 2014 Foreign Affairs

    The institutions of the Egyptian state that used to command respect because they were seen as being above the political fray—the judiciary as well as the army—now seem to be very willing participants in the repression of the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Article
    Hezbollah’s Last-Ditch Battle
    Mario Abou Zeid April 2, 2014 عربي

    Faced with a series of regional challenges and coming under intense international pressure to pull out from Syria, Hezbollah has been pushed to embark on an exercise of self-review and to make compromises at home.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    What Rowhani’s Victory Means for the World
    Dmitri Trenin June 24, 2013

    The international community is most interested in the foreign policy implications of the Iranian election. The combination of Rowhani in Tehran and Obama at the White House looks fortunate for diplomacy and peace. The reality will clearly be more complicated.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Syria's Local Leadership
    Hassan Hassan December 13, 2012 عربي

    Outreach to leaders on the ground is essential for ensuring the country's stability after Assad’s fall.

  • Sada - Analysis
    After Battles Come Syria's Economic Choices
    Omar Dahi December 11, 2012 عربي

    The political opposition has failed to address the issue of Syria's economic reconstruction—a debate that will define the country's character and future.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Palestine’s State of Ambiguity
    Victor Kotsev December 4, 2012 عربي

    Palestine’s new nonmember status at the UN opens up opportunities for negotiations—but also carries its own significant risks of igniting violence.

  • Sada - Analysis
    The Rise of Populists in Moroccan Politics
    Mohamed Jalid November 29, 2012 عربي

    Populism seems to be changing the face of Morocco’s political parties—as they all pursue this approach to stay relevant.

  • Sada - Analysis
    The State of Kuwait
    Mariwan Hama November 27, 2012 عربي

    The opposition’s decision to boycott the elections might further limit their chances of playing a strong role in holding the government accountable.

  • Sada - Analysis
    The Future of a Majority Government in Iraq
    Haidar Najem November 21, 2012 عربي

    Renewed calls for a majority government in Iraq are gaining momentum, but will this vision ever see the light of day?

  • Sada - Analysis
    Morocco's "New Mediators"
    Sanaa Karim November 15, 2012 عربي

    A group of self-anointed brokers have emerged and are attempting a solution to the long standing issue of detained Salafi extremists. But why now?

  • Sada - Analysis
    Pharaoh Reloaded?
    Vitalino Canas, Michael Meyer-Resende November 8, 2012 عربي

    Egypt’s draft constitution proposes a semi-presidential system that risks creating an extremely powerful executive branch.

  • Sada - Analysis
    National Dialogue in Yemen
    Nasser Arrabyee November 1, 2012 عربي

    Southern secessionist movements may prove a serious obstacle to the upcoming national dialogue.


Carnegie Experts on Middle East Politics

  • Amr Mahmoud El-Shobaki
    Nonresident Scholar

    El-Shobaki was a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on Arab and Egyptian political systems and political Islamic movements. He also serves as member of the Egyptian parliament.

  • Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck
    Research Analyst
    Middle East Center

    Ghanem-Yazbeck is a research analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Center. She is a political scientist with expertise in jihadism, political violence, extremist violence, and terrorism, with a focus on Algeria.

  • Mohamed Kerrou
    Nonresident Fellow
    Carnegie Middle East Center

    Kerrou is a nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center specializing in development, gender studies, and political change, with an emphasis on Islam and civil society in Tunisia and the Middle East.

  • Kheder Khaddour
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Khaddour is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. His research focuses on issues of identity and society in Syria.

  • Lina Khatib
    Middle East Center

    Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

  • Raphaël Lefèvre
    Visiting Fellow
    Carnegie Middle East Center

    Lefèvre is a Gates Scholar and a PhD candidate in politics and international relations at the University of Cambridge.

  • Aline Matta
    Visiting Fellow
    Middle East Center

    Matta is a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on technical assistance projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Yezid Sayigh
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Center

    Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the Syrian crisis, the political role of Arab armies, security sector transformation in Arab transitions, the reinvention of authoritarianism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process.

  • Maha Yahya
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Center

    Yahya is a senior associate at the 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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