Middle East Politics

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    • Op-Ed

    The Abuse of Plurality

    The relative plurality found in both Egypt and Lebanon is rare in the Arab world; politicians and media officials in both countries should embrace this rich pluralistic characteristic instead of seeking to undermine it.

    • Book

    Yemen on The Brink

    Without addressing Yemen's immediate security challenges—including a civil war in the North, a secessionist movement in the South, and a resurgent al-Qaeda organization—the country's long-term economic and governance issues cannot be resolved.

    • Book

    Between Religion and Politics

    As Islamist movements in the Arab world become more politically active, they are struggling to pursue their moral and religious agenda under unfriendly or repressive regimes.

    • Op-Ed

    The Irrelevance of the International Muslim Brotherhood

    The international Muslim Brotherhood is not a rigid and disciplined organization with control over its local branches; instead, it is better understood as a framework of loosely linked, ideologically similar movements.

    • Article

    Fayyad Is Not the Problem, but Fayyadism Is Not the Solution to Palestine’s Political Crisis

    Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad’s program to build a Palestinian state despite occupation and internal division does not offer a solution to the deeper problems afflicting Palestinian politics.

    • Op-Ed

    The Case for Boycotting Egypt's Elections

    An opposition-wide general boycott is the most effective means for combating the Egyptian regime's authoritarian tendencies and realizing Egyptians' hopes for much-needed political change.

    • Op-Ed

    The Importance of Power-Sharing in Arab States: Lessons from Switzerland?

    A national coalition government, such as the one in Switzerland, could allow the Arab world to include a wide cross-section of parties and groups in a power-sharing government that would increase the sense of security and participation for all.

    • Op-Ed

    Al Bana's Dream

    Debate within the Muslim Brotherhood has centered on how and if political participation can advance the Brotherhood’s broader agenda in Egypt’s shifting political environment.

    • Op-Ed

    How Arab Governments Resist the Trend to Democracy

    The current regimes in the Arab world are resisting democratic change because of firm security measures maintaining the status quo and ineffective, incapable, and insular opposition movements.

    • Op-Ed

    Between Berlin and Beirut

    This article discusses xenophobic attitudes in the Arab world, which were evident throughout the celebration of the results achieved by the German national team at the World Cup. It also calls for an honest self assessment and for a serious review of the wrong readings of the other.

Carnegie Experts on
Middle East Politics

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    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.
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    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 - Araj
    Victoria Araj
    Commissioning Editor
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Victoria Araj is the commissioning editor for the Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States at the Carnegie Middle East Center.
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    Dalia Ghanem
    Resident Scholar
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Co-Director
    PROGRAM ON CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS IN ARAB STATES
    Dalia Ghanem is a resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut and the co-director for gender-related work for the program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States, where her work examines political and extremist violence, radicalization, Islamism, and jihadism with an emphasis on Algeria.
  • expert thumbnail - Hasan
    Harith Hasan
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Harith Hasan is a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on Iraq, sectarianism, identity politics, religious actors, and state-society relations.
  • 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 - Nerguizian
    Aram Nerguizian
    Senior Advisor
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Aram Nerguizian is senior advisor 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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