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    • Op-Ed

    It's Not the Economy, Stupid

    Without reconciliation between Palestinian factions and the political reunification of the West Bank and Gaza, not only a better future for Gaza but the two-state solution itself will remain out of reach.

    • Op-Ed

    A Little Rain on the Palestinian Parade

    Even if Fayyad is making mild administrative and fiscal improvements in some areas, this cannot obscure the deeper problem that most Palestinian political institutions are actually in deep trouble and the most important ones are in a state of advanced decay.

    • Article

    Are Palestinians Building a State?

    The international community’s understandable admiration for Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and his efforts to rebuild the West Bank obscures a dangerous regression in democracy and human rights.

    • Op-Ed

    Three Fallacies on the Flotilla

    The Arab media coverage of the Israeli attack on the Gaza Flotilla painted the events in religious terms, disregarding the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and provoking audiences to anger rather than enabling a rational and constructive response.

    • Event

    Human Rights and Obama’s Policies in the Arab World

    A year after President Obama called for a new beginning in U.S. relations with the Muslim world, it is still unclear how important human rights are for Washington’s policies in the Arab world. Is it possible for the U.S. to engage with governments in the region and consistently defend human rights?

    • Article

    Turkey’s Economic Prospects: As Good As it Gets?

    • Refik Erzan
    • June 29, 2010

    Turkey is emerging strongly from the Great Recession, but the Euro area crisis, a soaring current account deficit, and domestic political uncertainty threaten the economy.

    • Article

    Addressing Deficits in MENA: The Need for Fuel Subsidy Reforms

    With budget deficits on the rise, the Middle East and North Africa’s oil importing countries must reform their fuel subsidy programs, which benefit the rich more than the poor and waste fiscal resources.

    • Article

    MENA Needs a More Dynamic Private Sector

    • Ritva Reinikka
    • June 29, 2010

    The private sector has become the main driver of growth in the Middle East and North Africa, but more consistent and equitable regulations are needed to transform the region into a diversified, high-performance economy.

    • Op-Ed

    The Turkish-American Split

    • Henri Barkey, Morton Abramowitz
    • June 17, 2010
    • The National Interest

    In spite of recent tensions, the United States and Turkey still share important common interests. However, Turkey is a growing power and there are significant areas where Turkey’s perspective and interests differ from those of the United States.

    • Op-Ed

    Risk and Opportunity in the New Middle East

    With its increased regional and global influence, Turkey is in a position to seize a leading role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to challenge Iran for leadership of regional public opinion.

Carnegie Experts on
Levant

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    Loulouwa Al Rachid
    Co-Director
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Loulouwa Al Rachid is a co-director of the Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States at the Carnegie Middle East Center.
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    Raphaël Lefèvre
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center
    Raphaël Lefèvre is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on Sunni Islamist movements in Lebanon.
  • expert thumbnail - Meddeb
    Hamza Meddeb
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center
    Meddeb is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on economic reform as well as the political economy of conflicts and border insecurity across the Middle East and North Africa.
  • expert thumbnail - Nerguizian
    Aram Nerguizian
    Co-Director
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Aram Nerguizian is the co-director of the Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his work focuses on the Lebanese security sector, long-term force transformation in the Levant, and efforts to develop national security institutions in post-conflict and divided societies.
  • expert thumbnail - Sayigh
    Yezid Sayigh
    Senior Fellow
    Middle East Center
    Yezid Sayigh is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where he leads the program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States (CMRAS). His work focuses on the comparative political and economic roles of Arab armed forces and nonstate actors, the impact of war on states and societies, and the politics of post-conflict reconstruction and security sector transformation in Arab transitions, and authoritarian resurgence.
  • expert thumbnail - Yahya
    Maha Yahya
    Director
    Middle East Center
    Yahya is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on citizenship, pluralism, and social justice in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings.

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