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    Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East: Regional Politics and External Policies

    Carnegie's Nathan Brown discusses the experiences of activists, political parties, religious groups, and governments in the Middle East and highlights the difficulties involved in bringing democracy to the region.

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    Who Will Be the Next Prime Minister of Iraq?

    Currently, no single party in Iraq has enough seats to form a new government. Any new government would need votes of confidence from multiple coalitions and ethnic groups. Even the leaders of the two coalitions with the largest number of seats may not have the support needed to become prime minister.

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    Testing Iraq's Democratic Will

    Three weeks after the election, the Iraqi High Election Commission announced the final vote count and the apportionment of seats among the lists. The announcement ends the suspense but opens a period of intense negotiating among parties which could be marred by violence.

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    The Political Challenge of Yemen's Southern Movement

    Yemen’s secessionist Southern Movement threatens the country’s stability, but a military campaign against it would only further inflame its supporters and increase support for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. A political solution is required.

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    Baradei's Campaign and the Illusionary Advent of a Savior

    Both the Egyptian ruling class and the opposition agree that Egypt does not need a political savior to lead the nation towards social justice and democracy. Only the Egyptian people themselves can bring about economic, social, and political progress.

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    Tribal Conflict and Resolution in Yemen

    Since Yemen became a policy priority three months ago, there has been much discussion about the emergence of under-governed spaces in the country as host for Al-Qaeda. It is critical to understand how these alternatively governed areas function, deal with conflict, and how traditional methods of conflict resolution work.

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    What If Iraq Succeeds?

    If Iraq can overcome the many risks and challenges that lie ahead of it and emerge as a stable democratic nation, it could become an engine for change in the Arab and Muslim world.

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    From Elections to a New Government

    • March 15, 2010

    The formal process that leads from the elections to the formation of a new government in Iraq is extremely complicated and bound to take time, even without taking into consideration the difficulty of forming viable political alliances.

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    Obstacles to Presidential Change in Egypt: What ElBaradei and Others Face

    Despite the new political ferment in Egypt, engendered by the return of retired IAEA chief Mohammed ElBaradei, major obstacles remain to the emergence of an opposition strong enough to compete seriously for parliamentary seats and for the presidency.

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    What Comes Next in Yemen? Al-Qaeda, the Tribes, and State-Building

    There are limits to how much foreign intervention can accomplish in Yemen. To overcome its daunting security, economic, and political challenges, Yemen’s political system needs to become less centralized and more inclusive.

Carnegie Experts on
Middle East Politics

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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.
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    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.
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    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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