What the U.S. government, and particularly Congress, can do is scrutinize engagement with and assistance to Egypt in order to ensure that they promote stability for the nation rather than one man rule.
The argument that is often made against active engagement on human rights issues in Egypt is that no matter what the United States does, the situation will not improve. This is not true.
The smart way to proceed would be to keep the world’s powers united and the burden of proof on Iran.
Planning for the future of Iraq after ISIS will be essential to consolidating coalition successes and avoiding yet another recurrence of insurgency and state failure.
Having expended considerable military effort in helping Libyan forces wrest territory from the Islamic State last year, the United States should now turn its diplomatic attention to ensuring the country does not slip into greater chaos.
Libya’s worsening political conflict has pushed the country to the brink of civil war and could complicate ongoing efforts to combat extremist groups.
Libya’s fragmentation and the devolution of power—to armed militias, tribes, and towns—has created a power vacuum that the Islamic State is exploiting.
Should the EU3+3 and Iran conclude an agreement, this might go far toward reducing Iran’s nuclear threat for ten years, but success will depend utterly on the detailed provisions.
Congressional sanctions should be conceived in order to deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions, not provoke them.
Libya must undertake large-scale institutional reforms in order to resolve its security crisis, and U.S. assistance to Libya is vital as the country grapples with continued violence and instability.
Washington’s ability to deliver effective and flexible support to Libya’s fragile post-revolution government is vital to the country’s future.
There is a window of opportunity to help improve Libya’s security situation, but the United States must proceed cautiously and deliberately.
Demand for change in the Middle East and North Africa has been building for years, as youth unemployment plagued countries across the region and citizens felt their governments were not being held accountable for growing socio-economic problems.
The bombing of a Coptic Christian church on New Year's Day reflected a sharp rise in religious friction that has been slowly brewing in Egypt for years.
While growing Islamic extremism in Yemen is alarming, in the longer term it is the country’s domestic challenges that threaten to bring Yemen to its knees, with potentially destabilizing consequences for the region.