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  • When Islamists Go into Politics

    Islamist parties and movements in Arab countries have gained political influence by making the difficult strategic decision to participate in the existing legal political process, forcing them to confront thorny ideological issues.

  • Getting to Pluralism: Political Actors in the Arab World

    • Michal Onderco
    • January 12, 2010
    • Book Review

    The book is the best offering for an overview of Arab politics. It offers important ideas for policy and also a great general overview. Accessible language as well as direct flow of information, make the book a comfortable read.

  • Ayatollah Khamenei and the Iranian Protests

    The most serious development of the Iranian protests has been the challenges to Ayatollah Khamenei, which are unprecedented and open up new questions about the potential for real, significant constitutional change.

  • Where We Are in 2010

    The Arab world is at a dangerous juncture, with domestic, regional, and international challenges creating a state of crisis that could lead toward the disintegration of the Arab nations and the fragmentation of society.

  • Plus ça change

    While the current political elite is likely to remain in power, by 2020 the dynamics of modernization will have changed Egypt fundamentally.

  • Obama Faces Test Amid National Security Crisis

    The failed attack on a U.S. airliner thirteen days ago thrust President Obama and his administration into the center of an intensified focus on domestic security. The president’s response to this new crisis has been generally strong as he balances several significant domestic challenges at the same time.

  • Al Qaeda in 2010

    The resurgence of al-Qaeda in Yemen and around the world demands a comprehensive counterterrorism approach. In order to combat al-Qaeda and similar groups, the international community must focus on capacity building in weak states and de-radicalization programs.

  • Yemen: A Failed State?

    The presence of Al-Qaeda in Yemen is only one of many security and economic challenges facing the country. International aid must be comprehensive in nature and empower the Yemenis to build their own capacity, in order to combat these challenges.

  • Yemen's Deteriorating Security, Economy Could Fuel Terrorism

    Yemen’s stability is threatened by multiple security and economic challenges, ranging from a rapidly growing population to imminent economic collapse, and immediate and sustained international attention is needed to prevent Yemen from becoming a failed state.

  • Lebanon in 2009: Revenge of the Status Quo

    Lebanon’s domestic and regional politics remained relatively calm in 2009, but with Hezbollah’s refusal to disarm and Syria’s continuing determination to ferry arms into Lebanon, the nation lacks full sovereignty and remains vulnerable to sudden shocks.

  • Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen

    As the security situation in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan has improved, al-Qaeda has been forced to seek out new safe havens in places like the ungoverned parts of the Yemeni countryside.

  • New Clashes Test Iranian Regime's Grip on Tehran

    Protests in Iran over the past few days have shown the breadth, determination, and sustainability of the opposition movement, with demonstrations not only in Tehran but throughout the country.

  • Everyone's Crisis

    Yemen’s stability and security situation is rapidly deteriorating, threatening the entire region, and without the help of Yemen’s neighbors and international partners, the situation will only continue to worsen, with potentially catastrophic results.

  • Iranian Dissent, Global Crackdown

    It remains to be seen how the Obama administration’s efforts at engagement with Iran will affect the domestic situation, as tensions grow between the opposition leadership’s calls for reform and the movement’s younger members, who are looking for a more fundamental change.

  • Overtures To Iran Bear Some Fruit

    A year of attempts by U.S. officials to engage with Iran has not yet yielded any change in Iran’s nuclear position, but it has succeeded in demonstrating to both the Iranian people and the international community that the problem lies in Tehran, not in Washington.

  • Solid and Promising

    President Obama has had some major accomplishments in the past year, but serious challenges still lay ahead: strengthening the nonproliferation regime, climate change, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran, and Afghanistan.

  • Corporate Capital Structure Choices in MENA: Empirical Evidence from Non-Listed Firms in Morocco

    • Lahcen Achy
    • December 16, 2009
    • Middle East Development Journal

    A multi-decade survey of Moroccan manufacturing firms reveals the rationale behind their financial choices and provides the basis for an assessment of the severity of the financial constraints they face.

  • Coping With Data Limitations When Measuring Industry Oligopoly Power in a Developing Country

    • Lahcen Achy, Azzeddine Azzam, Khalid Sekkat
    • December 16, 2009
    • Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies

    Researchers' enthusiasm for estimating industry oligopoly power in developing countries is often hampered by a lack of available data. Using firm optimizing behavior can help solve this problem.

  • Sunnis in Iraq, 6 Years after Saddam

    As Iraq’s second parliamentary election approaches, Sunnis appear as uncertain about what strategy to pursue and as divided among themselves as they were in 2004 and 2005.

  • Engagement with Iran: An Assessment of Options

    Engagement with Iran over its nuclear problem has become increasingly complicated; not only has the regime backed away from previous commitments, but internal political developments require the Obama administration to call for engagement without undermining the opposition.

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