Arab Politics

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    • The Saudi Thermidor

      Dissatisfied with Washington, Riyadh has undertaken an activist strategy for restoring regional order—but its forceful interventions abroad mask a deep domestic malaise.

      • Engaging With an Arab World in Crisis

        • Lina Khatib, Martin Lidegaard, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Steven Heydemann, Hazem Kandil, Ellen Lust, Mohammed Hafez, Rasmus Alenius Boserup, Helle Malmvig, Sune Haugbølle, Jakob Wichmann
        • December 01, 2014
        • Danish Institute for International Studies

        Almost four years later, the opportunity for political transition in the Middle East and North Africa seems to have narrowed.

        • Op-Ed

        Making a Palestinian State a Reality

        While recognizing a Palestinian state could play a modest role in unblocking peace negotiations, it can only offer a partial solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

        • Op-Ed

        Tunisia’s Security Challenge

        As Tunisia prepares to enter a new phase in its process of democratization, two key challenges face the country’s government: the economy and security.

        • Op-Ed

        Are There Lessons to be Learnt From Algeria’s Past?

        The tactics of decay and infiltration, used by the Algerian authorities when confronted with the Armed Islamic Group in the 1990s, could prove useful in countering the Islamic State’s threat in Syria and Iraq.

        • Op-Ed

        What Will Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State Do Next in Syria?

        Jabhat al-Nusra is clearly positioning itself in anticipation of developments on the ground. How does that reflect what it believes—or knows—the Islamic State is preparing to do?

        • Paper

        The Future of Big Business in the New Egypt

        Big business has been virtually excluded from recent stimulus plans designed to get Egypt’s wheels spinning after years in recession. However, long-term recovery and stabilization are quite dependent on the resumption of activities by large private enterprises, which still control key sectors of the economy.

        • Op-Ed

        Yemen’s Houthis Proxy, Not Ally for Iran

        Despite all the similarities that emerge at first glance, there are deep structural, political, and social differences between Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis (Ansar Allah) in Yemen.

        • Op-Ed

        Development Plan Needed for Peace in Yemen

        The Gulf Initiative has failed to bring peace to Yemen, prompting the need for a new initiative that is more realistic and includes a long-term economic and development plan.

        • Op-Ed

        The Free Syrian Army Between Airstrikes and Ceasefires

        If local ceasefires are implemented while the coalition continues to attack the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra without also empowering the Free Syrian Army, the latter will be the clear loser in the ensuing scenario.

      Carnegie Experts on
      Arab Politics

      • expert thumbnail - Bondokji
        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.
      • 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 - Tokmajyan
        Armenak Tokmajyan
        Nonresident Scholar
        Carnegie Middle East Center
        Armenak Tokmajyan is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. His research focuses on borders and conflict, Syrian refugees, and local intermediaries in Syria.
      • 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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