A new security landscape has emerged in Benghazi—one marked by a tenuous division of labor between formal forces led by the military and informal forces comprising the Islamist militias.
Hopes are high that Lebanon’s new cabinet can restore stability. But simmering tensions stemming from Hezbollah and its role in the Syrian conflict threaten to derail progress.
The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not driven primarily by a Sunni-Shiite divide or even Arab-Persian ethnic differences. The conflict is informed by two radically different models of government and two very different visions of regional order.
Throughout the Middle East, the overthrow of Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi has heightened Islamist-secularist tensions and pushed actors toward zero-sum politics.
The decision by Islamist parties to boycott the upcoming Algerian presidential elections exposes the fragmented and weak state of the movement.
The biggest source of insecurity in Yemen is not the active presence of al-Qaeda, but rather the power struggles and lethal factionalism within the military and state security entities.
Regardless of its policy performance, a Sisi presidency is not likely to be a disaster. It may disappoint many but it is unlikely to collapse and might evolve in a variety of ways.
The violence carried out by the Algerian People’s National Army against the Islamists is eerily reminiscent of present-day Egypt. Will Egypt–like Algeria in the 1990s–live its ‘black decade’?
Defense Minister General Abdul-Fattah Sisi will almost certainly become Egypt’s next president, but at the cost of taking Egypt back to the first republic.
Recent developments in the Middle East have presented new challenges to the foreign policies of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states.