Middle East Politics

 
  • Op-Ed
    Why Sisi Cannot Let Egypt’s Gaza Deal Fail
    Lina Khatib July 23, 2014 Al Arabiya عربي

    Egypt has presented an initiative to broker a deal between Hamas and Israel to end the current violence. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi cannot afford to see it fail.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Five Myths About Hamas
    Nathan Brown July 18, 2014 Washington Post

    Predicting how Hamas is likely to act and react requires probing what the organization can do, what it wants, and how it sees itself. From Hamas’s angle, the current fighting offers just as many opportunities as threats.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Iraq Illusions
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews July 10, 2014 New York Review of Books Русский

    The story in Iraq, which has seemed to be all about religion and military developments, is actually mostly about politics: access to government revenue and services, a say in decision-making, and a modicum of social justice.

     
  • Article
    Do Not Belittle the Islamic State
    Marc Pierini July 10, 2014

    The declaration of a Middle Eastern caliphate has wide-reaching consequences for the region and the world. The West needs to realize the significance of what is happening.

     
  • Op-Ed
    US Should Respond to Bahrain
    Rachel Kleinfeld July 10, 2014 Hill

    If the United States does not respond to Bahrain’s expulsion of U.S. diplomat Tom Malinowski, it will not just be interpreted as weakness by other countries, it will also damage America’s ability to conduct foreign policy.

     
  • Op-Ed
    How the Iraq Crisis Highlights a Need for Inclusion Policies Across the Middle East
    Marwan Muasher July 8, 2014 World Post عربي

    The real story in Iraq, and the Middle East at large, is the policies of exclusion that have created an environment in which radical organizations like ISIS have been able to gain ground.

     
  • Op-Ed
    ISIS: Terrorism Upgraded
    Mario Abou Zeid July 8, 2014 National Interest عربي

    The Islamic State seeks to create and govern a Sunni heartland that bisects the Shiite-led alliance that stretches from Tehran to Hezbollah’s stronghold in Lebanon.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Taking Sides in Libya
    Frederic Wehrey July 7, 2014 International New York Times عربي

    To avoid throwing the country into further chaos, Libyans must focus on forging a consensus government, build security institutions, and recommit itself to a broad-based national reconciliation and the drafting of an equitable constitution.

     
  • Article
    EU Foreign Policy in the Arab World: Three (Bad) Examples
    Marc Pierini July 3, 2014

    Reducing the role of the EU institutions in foreign policy making has severely dented the union’s standing, credibility, and influence in the Arab world and beyond.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Race for the Turkish Presidency
    Bayram Balci July 3, 2014 World Policy Blog

    By choosing Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu as its joint presidential candidate, the Turkish opposition has shown that it can offer hope and appeal to the broader Turkish population.

     
  • Syria in Crisis
    Assad’s Election: A Security Quest
    Lina Khatib June 2, 2014

    A key objective for Bashar al-Assad in his third presidential term is presenting his crackdown on Syrian opposition groups as a fight against jihadism. In doing so, Assad is betting on the eventual support of the international community in this new “war on terror,” which would secure his position in power.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Why Sisi Cannot Let Egypt’s Gaza Deal Fail
    Lina Khatib July 23, 2014 Al Arabiya عربي

    Egypt has presented an initiative to broker a deal between Hamas and Israel to end the current violence. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi cannot afford to see it fail.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Five Myths About Hamas
    Nathan Brown July 18, 2014 Washington Post

    Predicting how Hamas is likely to act and react requires probing what the organization can do, what it wants, and how it sees itself. From Hamas’s angle, the current fighting offers just as many opportunities as threats.

     
  • Event
    What Next for Kurdistan and Iraq?
    Lina Khatib, Kawa Hassan, Maria Fantappie July 17, 2014 Beirut

    As most of Iraq threatens to collapse under the weight of sectarian violence, Kurdistan in northern Iraq stands in sharp contrast. Will Kurdistan seize this opportunity to declare its independence?

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    No Alternative to Negotiations With Iran
    Karim Sadjadpour July 16, 2014 Charlie Rose Show

    Even if the gaps in diplomacy appear quite large, there’s no great alternative to a continuation of negotiations with Iran.

     
  • Paper
    Egypt’s Media in the Midst of Revolution
    Rasha Abdulla July 16, 2014

    More than three years after the January 25 revolution toppled then Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Egypt continues to struggle with an authoritarian media sector and constraints on freedom of expression.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Can DC Diffuse Tensions Between Israel and Hamas?
    Michele Dunne July 15, 2014 Bloomberg

    In the past, Egypt has played the leading role in brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and the United States played more of a supportive role.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Hamas Doesn’t Have Much To Lose
    Michele Dunne July 11, 2014 CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper

    Engagements with Israel have a contradictory effect of bolstering the credibility of Hamas.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Iraq Illusions
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews July 10, 2014 New York Review of Books Русский

    The story in Iraq, which has seemed to be all about religion and military developments, is actually mostly about politics: access to government revenue and services, a say in decision-making, and a modicum of social justice.

     
  • Article
    Do Not Belittle the Islamic State
    Marc Pierini July 10, 2014

    The declaration of a Middle Eastern caliphate has wide-reaching consequences for the region and the world. The West needs to realize the significance of what is happening.

     
  • Op-Ed
    US Should Respond to Bahrain
    Rachel Kleinfeld July 10, 2014 Hill

    If the United States does not respond to Bahrain’s expulsion of U.S. diplomat Tom Malinowski, it will not just be interpreted as weakness by other countries, it will also damage America’s ability to conduct foreign policy.

     

Carnegie Experts on Middle East Politics

  • Mario Abou Zeid
    Research Analyst
    Middle East Center

    Abou Zeid is a research analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his work focuses on political developments in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

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  • Amr Adly
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Adly is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research centers on political economy, development studies, and economic sociology of the Middle East, with a focus on Egypt.

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  • 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.

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  • Kawa Hassan
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Hassan is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on Kurdish and Iraqi politics, civil society and democratization, donor assistance, and transition processes, especially in the Middle East.

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  • Mohamed Kerrou
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Kerrou is a nonresident scholar 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Lina Khatib
    Director
    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.

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  • Raphaël Lefèvre
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

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

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  • Aline Matta
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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