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    Authoritarian and Security Trends in the West Bank and Gaza

    The lack of constitutional framework and governance in both the West Bank and Gaza prevents the reconstruction of the security sector in an efficient and democratic manner. This growing trend of authoritarianism threatens the ability to achieve Palestinian statehood.

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    Bahrain: Between the United States and Saudi Arabia

    Protest in Bahrain is not simply a domestic struggle for political rights and liberal reform; it is also a sectarian conflict between a Sunni monarchy in a majority-Shia country that is rapidly becoming part of a growing conflict between Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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    Iraq: The Sadrists' Golden Opportunity

    Iraq’s Sadrists have the opportunity to emerge as the winners of the current social unrest, given their control of key ministries within the new Iraqi government, their alliance with Prime Minister Maliki, and their prompt response to popular calls for better services.

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    The Unraveling of the Salih Regime in Yemen

    As the wave of popular uprisings across the Arab world spreads to Yemen, the country’s security situation will continue to deteriorate unless a campaign of sweeping political reforms is initiated immediately.

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    Syria: Economic Hardship Feeds Social Unrest

    Despite its annual economic growth, Syria’s poverty rate remains high. The Syrian government needs to enact further economic reforms in order to address some of the anger expressed by growing protests across the country.

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    Why Did Protests in Algeria Fail to Gain Momentum?

    Despite sporadic demonstrations and calls for change from prominent intellectuals and political figures, the widespread protests that brought down leaders in Tunisia and Egypt are still largely absent in Algeria.

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    Oil Prices and Middle East Turmoil: The Economic Consequences

    Turmoil in the Middle East has injected huge uncertainty into oil markets. Could unrest spread to Saudi Arabia, Iran, or others in the region and disrupt oil supplies? What will be the consequences for the global recovery? What can policy makers do?

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    Fear And Worry Are the Enemies of Egypt's Future

    While those who voted against the recently passed constitutional amendments in Egypt may feel disheartened, they should continue to engage in political life in order to play a crucial role in enabling the transition to democracy to succeed.

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    Iraq: Protest, Democracy, and Autocracy

    Popular protests have spread across the Middle East and North Africa and have reached Iraq and Kurdistan. The political circumstances in these regions will determine whether the protests succeed in forcing the government to respond to the demands of its citizens.

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    The Brotherhood’s Coming-Out Party

    After a momentous two months, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood must now decide how to organize a political party, direct its political participation, and handle the emergence of a group of activist youth leaders.

Carnegie Experts on
Middle East Politics

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    Bader Al-Saif
    Nonresident Fellow
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Bader Mousa Al-Saif is a nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his research focuses on the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula.
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    Neven Bondokji
    Research Manager
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Neven Bondokji is the research manager for the Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States at the Carnegie Middle East Center. Her research focuses on violent extremism in the Middle East and North Africa, the relation between human security and hard security, and ideological transformations within Islamic political parties.
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    Dalia Ghanem
    Resident Scholar
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Dalia Ghanem 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.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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 postconflict reconstruction and security sector transformation in Arab transitions, and authoritarian resurgence.
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    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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