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    • Paper

    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.

    • Op-Ed

    Is Yemen the Future?

    In an increasingly interconnected world, the collapse of one society has immediate economic, political and security repercussions on societies around it. Preventing such collapses requires a global development strategy that reflects the key challenges of the new century, including resource scarcity.

    • Paper

    The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood: Islamist Participation in a Closing Political Environment

    By scaling back its political engagement to focus on a traditional religious, educational, and social agenda, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is leaving behind an even greater lack of political competition in the country.

    • TV/Radio Broadcast

    Egypt's Political Future

    President Mubarak has neither a vice president nor an established successor, and his increasing health problems are causing many Egyptians to fear that his illness or death could create a power vacuum that would threaten the stability of Egypt and the entire region.

    • Op-Ed

    Iraqi Elections Show America's Wrong Ideas about Democracy's Power

    Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary election will not bring about any decisive changes. Elections do not cause significant power shifts; they can only reflect the power shifts that have already taken place.

    • Article

    The Election Campaign

    Iraq’s election campaign is marked by the usual mixture of unrealistic promises, verbal attacks against competitors, and attempts by parties to appropriate symbols that do not properly belong to any one faction, as well as, more worryingly, the certainty voiced by all alliances that the elections will be marred by fraud.

    • TV/Radio Broadcast

    Will ElBaradei Run in Egypt's Elections?

    Mohammed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Association, has injected a new dynamism into the Egyptian political scene, but he is unlikely to be able to mobilize enough people to effect any real change in Egypt.

    • Q&A

    Iraq's Vote—Only the Beginning

    Iraqis head to the polls on Sunday for what is considered a fundamental test of the fledgling democracy. While the results of the parliamentary elections will help determine Iraq’s stability and may influence the drawdown of U.S. forces, the voting is only one step in the country’s political transition.

    • Article

    Shi’i Politics: Preparing for Victory and for the Next Battle

    Due to the deep divisions among the likely winners in the elections, the Shi’i parties, the March 7 elections will just be the first step in determining the distribution of power in the Iraqi political system.

    • Article

    Egypt: From Semi-Authoritarianism to One-Dimensionality

    Over the next year, Egypt will hold three important elections, none of which stand any chance of redistributing power in the country. Egypt needs long-term democratic reforms, and the United States can play an effective role in promoting those reforms.

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.
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    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.
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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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