If a nuclear deal is not reached, Tehran is ready to try to win the world over to its side. The transatlantic allies need to carefully manage the possible fallout from failure.
The current conflict has renewed interest in splitting Iraq along religious and ethnic lines. But other steps are needed for the country’s long-term recovery.
A nuclear deal with Iran could help revive the country’s energy sector, with serious effects on consumers and producers, especially in the Middle East.
The EU’s understandable priority in Gaza is to contain further violence. But the union also needs a deeper policy that addresses the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In the absence of parliament, the Sisi government is laying the foundation for officials to act with sweeping powers—and little accountability.
The Islamic State is posing an unprecedented type of threat to the West, especially to European states. The European Union must respond by focusing on five key priorities.
A new national guard could help bridge Iraq’s sectarian divide. But it must be accompanied by diplomatic efforts to reach out to Sunnis and prevent outside meddling.
As an international coalition gears up to confront the Islamic State, there is a rare opportunity to try to get the Syrian regime and rebels to stop fighting each other.
Egypt should include—rather than exclude—its diverse religious movements. In this bid for inclusion, such an approach would help curb violence and extremism and ensure stability.
The success of any U.S. effort to establish an international coalition to counter the Islamic State will depend on whether Saudi Arabia and Iran can compromise.
Egypt and its Gulf backers need to end their harmful meddling in Libya’s affairs under the guise of counterterrorism. It is destabilizing both Libya and Egypt.
The setting of a minimum and maximum wage for Egypt’s civil service will help the system become more transparent and equal. But comprehensive reform is still needed.
The Sisi government’s policies of repression and exclusion are alienating Egypt’s restive population and threatening to push Egyptians into the arms of extremist groups.
Despite its attempts to remain untouched by regional turmoil, Lebanon is deeply entangled—and will continue to be as long as Hezbollah is outside of official control.
A reshuffled EU leadership and a new Turkish presidency could provide a much-needed opportunity for a revamped EU-Turkey relationship.
The once warm relationship between Turkey’s AKP and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has measurably cooled as geopolitical realities have shifted.
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.
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.
The expanding clampdown on fundamental rights in Egypt overlooks the fact that security and stability cannot be attained in the absence of freedom, dignity, and social justice.
The army’s renewed role in Egypt’s domestic affairs raises basic questions about the commercial role of the military, especially the fairness and accountability of its practices.