Arab Politics


    • Op-Ed

    ISIS, Ebola, and Putin: Old News?

    The Ebola epidemic, ISIS’s ascent, and Vladimir Putin’s belligerence may be three of the most disruptive developments of 2014, but in 2015 they could all lose their potency.

    • Op-Ed

    Everyday Sectarianism: The Paradox of an Anti-Islamic State Ally

    Saudi Arabia has institutionalized sectarianism in virtually every aspect of political, social, and economic life.

    • Op-Ed

    The Vote to Boycott Israel’s Universities

    The Middle East Studies Association insists that whatever one’s opinion of the campaign to boycott Israeli academic institutions, the principles of academic freedom protect the right of faculty to advocate for, as well as against, such boycotts.

    • The Saudi Thermidor

      Dissatisfied with Washington, Riyadh has undertaken an activist strategy for restoring regional order—but its forceful interventions abroad mask a deep domestic malaise.

      • Engaging With an Arab World in Crisis

        • Lina Khatib, Martin Lidegaard, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Steven Heydemann, Hazem Kandil, Ellen Lust, Mohammed Hafez, Rasmus Alenius Boserup, Helle Malmvig, Sune Haugbølle, Jakob Wichmann
        • December 01, 2014
        • Danish Institute for International Studies

        Almost four years later, the opportunity for political transition in the Middle East and North Africa seems to have narrowed.

        • Op-Ed

        Making a Palestinian State a Reality

        While recognizing a Palestinian state could play a modest role in unblocking peace negotiations, it can only offer a partial solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

        • Op-Ed

        Tunisia’s Security Challenge

        As Tunisia prepares to enter a new phase in its process of democratization, two key challenges face the country’s government: the economy and security.

        • Op-Ed

        Are There Lessons to be Learnt From Algeria’s Past?

        The tactics of decay and infiltration, used by the Algerian authorities when confronted with the Armed Islamic Group in the 1990s, could prove useful in countering the Islamic State’s threat in Syria and Iraq.

        • Op-Ed

        What Will Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State Do Next in Syria?

        Jabhat al-Nusra is clearly positioning itself in anticipation of developments on the ground. How does that reflect what it believes—or knows—the Islamic State is preparing to do?

        • Paper

        The Future of Big Business in the New Egypt

        Big business has been virtually excluded from recent stimulus plans designed to get Egypt’s wheels spinning after years in recession. However, long-term recovery and stabilization are quite dependent on the resumption of activities by large private enterprises, which still control key sectors of the economy.

      Carnegie Experts on
      Arab Politics

      • expert thumbnail - Al Rachid
        Loulouwa Al Rachid
        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
        Middle East Center
        Al-Saidawi is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on Syria.
      • 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 - Meddeb
        Hamza Meddeb
        Nonresident Scholar
        Middle East Center
        Hamza Meddeb is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on economic reform, political economy of conflicts, and border insecurity across the Middle East and North Africa.
      • expert thumbnail - Yahya
        Maha Yahya
        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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