The Egyptian president’s central role in economic policy making is unlikely to deliver on the intended goals and could exacerbate existing problems—or generate new ones.
Peaceful Salafi political parties are losing strength in Egypt and Tunisia while the popularity of Salafi-jihadi movements aiming to build an Islamic state by force is increasing.
Algeria’s tough security stance and the legacy of the country’s bloody civil war help explain why relatively few Algerians are fighting abroad.
The consequences of Congress stopping the deal would be harsh for the United States and chaotic for international order.
The Syrian refugee crisis is no longer a short-term regional issue: it is a long-term international problem that deserves a coordinated answer, especially from the EU.
If the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood wants to maintain its coherence, the leadership has to balance the concerns of the popular base with the ways of the old guard.
An effective strategy to defeat the jihadist group must overcome the deep-seated mistrust between Iraq’s Sunni and Shia communities.
Through its pragmatic foreign policy, the leadership of the Kurdistan region has won trust in Washington and other capitals.
Morocco’s Justice and Spirituality movement has always existed outside the mainstream political arena, and there is little reason to expect that to change.
Cheap oil hurts OPEC member states in the short term. But Saudi Arabia has a long-term view, and the kingdom is trying to expand its share of the global oil market.
Egypt’s real challenge is ensuring political as well as economic inclusion for the broadest array of social groups and classes possible.
Countering the Iranian threat to the Gulf requires the patient work of domestic reform to complement military measures.
Unlike North Korea, Iran may well be motivated to live up to the terms of its nuclear deal, while the United States may find it even more difficult to deliver.
Faced with declining gas production and falling oil prices, Algeria is moving to tap its promising shale resources—but success is not assured.
Algeria’s Movement of Society for Peace faces a difficult choice: become a real opposition party or maintain its special relationship with the regime.
Tunisia’s government has a rocky road ahead. Along the way, the country can look to the West—in particular, to the EU—for support.
The Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, is gaining in strength and popularity, and it could become an ally in the fight against the Islamic State.
Through compromise and cooperation, Morocco’s king and the ruling Islamist Party of Justice and Development have figured out how to get along.
A comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran is not an end in itself but a necessary precondition for a more effective EU policy in an unraveling region.
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.