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.
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.
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.
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.
The Israeli raid on the flotilla headed for Gaza continues a pattern of diplomatic disasters that are increasingly isolating Israel on the international stage and do not augur well for its future.
Egypt’s role in the Middle East is falling as perceptions grow that the former power is preoccupied with its own domestic affairs. The election cycle currently under way will help define the extent to which those perceptions become reality.
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.
Carnegie experts respond to Israel's raid on a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships bound for Gaza, warning that it threatens to destabilize relations between key actors in the region.
Turkey is strongly condemning Israel for the attack Monday on a six-ship flotilla taking humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. The attack has dealt a very public setback to Israeli-Turkish relations, which have been slowly deteriorating for several years.
The attack on the flotilla headed for Gaza was not only a political catastrophe for the Israelis; it also underscored the tragedy of the situation in Gaza and the need for substantive progress to be made in the peace process.
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.
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.
A nuclear-test-free zone in the Middle East would be a realistic and practical way to lower regional tensions.
As the number of countries with the ambition to play a role in world affairs increases, Washington must decide whether to deal with them as legitimate global players or treat them as meddlers to be dismissed.
The formation of a new Iraqi government may still be months away, not because the issues to be negotiated will take time, but because serious negotiations do not appear to have started yet.
While President Obama’s landmark speech in Cairo called for a new beginning in America’s relations with the Muslim world and created fresh hope for better relations, the results are not yet apparent on the ground.
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.
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 agreement reached by Iran, Turkey, and Brazil to ship ship some of Iran's low-enriched uranium to Turkey is similar to the nuclear fuel deal negotiated last year, but Iran's nuclear capabilities have since progressed and the new agreement may not satisfy the United States and its allies.
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.