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  • Turkey's Moment of Inflection

    The Turkish government’s handling of its Kurdish minority and the state of its civil-military relations will determine the longevity of the current improvement in Turkish political economy.

  • Obama Needs to Support Egyptians as Well as Mubarak

    Obama's Cairo speech had the admirable goal of improving relations with the Muslim world, but the administration has focused almost exclusively on building bridges with leaders and governments rather than supporting political and human rights.

  • Turkey Emerges as Middle East Leader

    The flotilla incident is the culmination of a slow drift in Turkish-Israeli relations. As the Israelis are increasingly subject to international opprobrium, Turkey’s strategic importance in the region is ascendant.

  • The Gaza Flotilla - Three Common Misinterpretations in Arab Views

    The reactions of Arab politicians, writers, and journalists to the Israeli raid on a flotilla of humanitarian aid have diverted public debate in the Arab world and undermined efforts to help Gaza.

  • Dynamics of Participation – Islamists in Arab Politics

    The involvement of Islamist movements across the Arab world in official political processes has given rise to concerns over the nature and potential repercussions of their participation.

  • Iran: One Year Later

    This month marks the one-year anniversary of the contested re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. While the regime succeeded in quelling the momentum of the Green Movement, the country’s deep internal rifts are far from reconciled.

  • Hamas is a Reality on the Ground

    The Israeli raid on a humanitarian flotilla headed for Gaza has been a present for Hamas. The sooner the United States and Israel realize that the popularity of Hamas is the result of failed policies, the better off the peace process will be.

  • Let Fatah Talk to Hamas

    The Gaza flotilla incident highlights not only the unsustainability of the closure of Gaza, but also the unsustainability of the U.S. position discouraging reconciliation between the Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas.

  • The Nile in Crisis – The End of Egypt’s Soft Power

    During the last two decades, Egypt has distanced itself from Africa and the countries of the Nile basin by de-prioritizing them within a foreign policy framework and limiting its economic, commercial, and cultural ties with them.

  • Turkey and Its Relations with Iraq

    If Turkey manages to continue with improved relations with Iraq, Iraqi Kurds, and its own domestic Kurdish population, then it will have overcome the one of the most important obstacles to its stability.

  • Ban Nuclear Tests in Middle East

    A nuclear-test-free zone in the Middle East would be a realistic and practical way to lower regional tensions.

  • Turkey is the Only Middle Eastern Country Pointing Toward the Future

    Turkey is an increasingly important player in the Middle East. It has embraced modern economic realities and has created a space for the coexistence of democracy, secularism, Islam, science, individuality, and community all in the same society.

  • Risks of Maghreb’s Excessive Economic Reliance on Europe

    The countries of the Maghreb need to shape their policies and programs in order to diversify their trade and financial partners and sever the ties that bind them to the fate of the European economy.

  • The Muslim Brotherhood's (and Egypt's) Qutb Conundrum

    The popularity of Sayyid Qutb among some members of the Muslim Brotherhood may speak to a desire to pull the Brotherhood back from its broad social and political work and refocus its efforts on reforming society through a more elitist approach.

  • A Far-Away Country in Need of Help

    Most Europeans rank Yemen low on their list of priorities. Yet the country threatens their interests more than they recognize, and they can do more about it than they might think.

  • Islamist Shortcomings

    Islamist parties have learned to communicate better through their engagement with the political process, but so far their participation in electoral and parliamentary activities has resulted in few concrete benefits.

  • Beyond Santiago: Status and Prospects

    Implementation of the Santiago Principles is highly uneven and there is still far to go if sovereign wealth funds are to be responsible members of the global economy.

  • The Saudis Go to Baghdad

    • Danial Kaysi
    • April 30, 2010
    • The National Interest

    Saudi Arabia's effort to reengage with the Iraqi political elite is an important step in providing Iraq with new opportunities to strengthen relations with the rest of the Arab world.

  • Shot in the Foot

    Western NGO strategies for promoting democracy and human rights in the Arab world contain serious flaws. They treat the diverse Arab world as a homogeneous entity and refrain from working with some of the local organizations that have the greatest impact on the ground in Arab societies.

  • Arab Sovereign Wealth Funds

    Not only have Sovereign Wealth Funds become a contentious issue for Western policy makers, but their risk/return profile should also be of major concern for the Arab public, since the future economic well-being of Arab societies is at stake.

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