Looking at Syria four years into the conflict, it becomes clear that a variety of stakeholders have been repeating past mistakes, with devastating consequences.
The Carnegie Middle East Center welcomed Amr Hamzawy and Hazem al-Amin to examine the challenges facing democracy, development, and security in Egypt and the Levant region during the last four years.
Egypt’s current foreign policy activism is more show than substance. The temptation to expand this approach by intervening in Libya will only reveal Egypt’s vulnerabilities and deepen them further.
People enduring life under the rule of the Islamic State are desperate to be saved, but they cannot rise up against the organization because they do not have the means to do so.
Retaking Tikrit from the Islamic State is a symbolic step in the much larger campaign of regaining Sunni trust in Iraq.
Abductions and killings by Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq threaten ancient minorities.
Four years into the conflict in Syria, the United States is screening opposition fighters for the first time to boost war against the Islamic State.
Doubts have been raised and criticisms continue to be made concerning Lebanon’s choice of upstream petroleum fiscal terms and strategies to award oil and gas licenses.
The Houthis and al-Qaeda are currently benefiting from the chaos in Yemen. But the separation of the country will pit them against one another directly, and this can only mean prolonged civil war in Yemen.
Jihadist organizations like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State use propaganda tools to intimidate, control, and recruit. The mainstream media is forced to evaluate its own ethics and standards in fear of spreading the radicals’ messages.