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    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.

    • Event

    The Iraqi Political Landscape before the March 2010 Elections

    The Iraqi elections are decisive in determining the leadership and makeup of the next Iraqi government, which will face critical challenges in the areas of political inclusion, maintaining security, managing internal tensions over Kirkuk, and rebuilding relations with the GCC and other neighbours.

    • Article

    Election Imbroglio in Iraqi Kurdistan

    For the Kurds, the forthcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections are a litmus test for the viability of the power-sharing agreement between the various political, ethnic, and religious groups in the Kurdistan region.

    • Op-Ed

    Three Suggestions for Doctor ElBaradei

    Mohamed ElBaradei has an opportunity to help Egyptians achieve a more democratic government. To succeed, he must do three things: remind Egypt that democracy requires an engaged citizenry, call on the opposition to formulate well-defined political programs, and move back to Egypt so that he can engage directly with its citizens.

    • Event

    Labor Protest Politics and Worker Rights in Egypt

    Since 2004, Egypt has experienced more than 1600 labor protests, which have dwarfed political protests in scale and consequence. What are the political ramifications of increased labor unrest? Are the labor movements a harbinger for a more active and mobilized Egyptian society?

    • Op-Ed

    De-Baathification Decision Postponed Until After Election Results

    • February 04, 2010
    • Analysis of the 2010 Iraqi Parliamentary Elections

      While an ad hoc committee has lifted the ban barring candidates suspected of ties to Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party from participating in the Iraqi elections, it did not dismiss the charges against those candidates and is widely seen as the result of internal and external political pressures.

      • Op-Ed

      Sectarian Tensions are Somebody's Fault

      The steady rise of sectarian tensions over the past few years in Egypt is the result of an indecisive state, an incendiary media, and a failure of civil institutions to stand up for the equal rights of all Egyptians.

      • Op-Ed

      Is the Brotherhood Pushing the Self-Destruct Button?

      The Muslim Brotherhood was once the most dynamic opposition force in Egypt, but the government’s efforts to exclude it from political participation and internal conflict within the Brotherhood itself have made it practically indistinguishable from the country’s other opposition parties.

      • Op-Ed

      When Islamists Go into Politics

      Islamist parties and movements in Arab countries have gained political influence by making the difficult strategic decision to participate in the existing legal political process, forcing them to confront thorny ideological issues.

      • Book

      Getting to Pluralism: Political Actors in the Arab World

      • Michal Onderco
      • January 12, 2010
      • Book Review

      The book is the best offering for an overview of Arab politics. It offers important ideas for policy and also a great general overview. Accessible language as well as direct flow of information, make the book a comfortable read.

    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.
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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.
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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 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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