Middle East Politics

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    • TV/Radio Broadcast

    U.S. Senate Resolution Urges Political Change in Egypt

    A recent U.S. Senate resolution that addresses human rights and civil liberties in Egypt is meant to pressure the regime ahead of upcoming elections, but it is symbolic and not binding.

    • Paper

    The Arab State: Assisting or Obstructing Development?

    Although full democracy in the Arab world remains a distant goal, broader participation in the political process, with a marked effect on human development, can be achieved.

    • Op-Ed

    Can Egypt Change?: Reviewing a Decade of Changes

    Egypt has changed significantly in the past decades, as spheres of public activity that once were off limits -- free media and civil society advocacy -- have become legitimate in the eyes of the government, and even more important, in the eyes of Egyptian citizens.

    • Event

    Divided Palestine—A Barrier to Peace?

    While Prime Minister Netanyahu was received warmly on his recent visit to Washington, progress on the peace process remains in doubt. If direct negotiations are to resume, the split among Palestinians will hamper—and arguably prevent—the ability of President Abbas to negotiate on behalf of the divided people.

    • Op-Ed

    Democratic Sequencing

    The West should not restrict its democracy promotion efforts only to those countries that are perceived as already having the institutional, social, and economic framework needed for a true democracy.

    • Article

    The Chess Game Continues

    As the political stalemate in Iraq continues to drag on, the major parties and politicians continue to attempt to wrangle the greatest amount of power for themselves even as they continue to break constitutionally mandated deadlines.

    • 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

    Previewing Egypt's Elections Season

    The forthcoming elections may lead to an unprecedented change in Egypt’s political scene. But whether the opposition actors will be able to push for greater political reform, and whether the regime will let them, remains to be seen.

Carnegie Experts on
Middle East Politics

  • expert thumbnail - Adly
    Amr Adly
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center
    Adly is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research centers on political economy, development studies, and economic sociology of the Middle East, with a focus on Egypt.
  • expert thumbnail - Akça
    İsmet Akça
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center
    İsmet Akça is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his work focuses on the Turkish military’s economy and civil-military relations in Turkey.
  • expert thumbnail - Al Rachid
    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.
  • expert thumbnail - Al-Saidawi
    Hadeel Al-Saidawi
    Visiting Scholar
    Al-Saidawi is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on Syria.
  • expert thumbnail - Ghanem-Yazbeck
    Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck
    Resident Scholar
    Middle East Center
    Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck is a Resident Scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where her work examines political and extremist violence, radicalization, Islamism, and jihadism with an emphasis on Algeria.
  • expert thumbnail - Khaddour
    Kheder Khaddour
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center
    Kheder Khaddour is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. His research centers on civil military relations and local identities in the Levant, with a focus on Syria.
  • expert thumbnail - Lefèvre
    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 - 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
    Sayigh is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the Syrian crisis, the political role of Arab armies, security sector transformation in Arab transitions, the reinvention of authoritarianism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process.
  • 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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