Egypt’s leaders hope that foreign investors, led by the Gulf states, will provide much-needed capital. But the fall in oil prices may make it difficult for them to help.
Egypt’s current foreign policy activism is more show than substance. The temptation to expand this approach by intervening in Libya will only reveal Egypt’s vulnerabilities and deepen them further.
People enduring life under the rule of the Islamic State are desperate to be saved, but they cannot rise up against the organization because they do not have the means to do so.
Retaking Tikrit from the Islamic State is a symbolic step in the much larger campaign of regaining Sunni trust in Iraq.
Bill Burns is the former deputy Secretary of State and former U.S. Ambassador to both Russia and Jordan. Burns discussed his career in government and his current role as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Abductions and killings by Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq threaten ancient minorities.
Day-to-day corruption is not only detrimental to a country’s economy, but can also make people angry and more sympathetic to violent extremism.
Turkey has figured in a recent case where nonproliferation interests and perceived strategic interests collided.
Europe needs a more concerted effort to tackle the interlinked challenges of radicalization and Islamophobia. Embracing Turkey’s European dream may be part of the solution.
Failed talks on Iran’s nuclear program could lead to a managed irresolution, where the two sides fail to meet in the same place but also recognize that it is in the best interests of both parties to have the talks keep going.
Four years into the conflict in Syria, the United States is screening opposition fighters for the first time to boost war against the Islamic State.
Doubts have been raised and criticisms continue to be made concerning Lebanon’s choice of upstream petroleum fiscal terms and strategies to award oil and gas licenses.
The brutal murder of Egyptian Christians in Libya by the Islamic State has brought the ongoing chaos in Libya to the forefront.
The Houthis and al-Qaeda are currently benefiting from the chaos in Yemen. But the separation of the country will pit them against one another directly, and this can only mean prolonged civil war in Yemen.
Regional conflicts exacerbate the animosity and mistrust between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which in turn exacerbate the regional conflicts.
The murder of Egyptian Christian hostages by the Islamic State in Libya raises the alarm that the militant group is expanding from its territory in Syria and Iraq.
Conspiracy theories about the Charlie Hebdo attacks have come to the fore in France, blaming the secret service, Mossad, and the United States.
Ten years after the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, the Sunni leadership vacuum in Lebanon has yet to be filled.
The Islamic State will only be ousted from Iraq’s second largest city if Sunni tribal forces join the fight. That will require rebuilding their trust in Baghdad.
The value of hostages to the Islamic State depends on the potential for their execution to be exploited.
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