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.
The EU needs to look beyond nuclear negotiations and develop a comprehensive strategy for dealing with Iran.
The seizure of the Iraqi city of Mosul is a moral and tactical victory for the militant group ISIS—and a wake-up call for Western and Arab countries.
The highly localized nature of the Syrian conflict means that its evolution and eventual resolution will elude the control of outsiders.
For Tehran, the Syrian conflict is at the center of an ideological, sectarian, and geopolitical struggle against a diverse array of adversaries.
Amman is increasingly pursuing a policy of supporting neither the regime nor the opposition in Syria while quietly working to help resolve the conflict. It has few other options.