Middle East and North Africa News

Egypt’s Sissi is Not Moving Toward Democracy

Jul 29, 2013
"U.S. officials must make clear to the Egyptian military and its supporters, as well as to Islamists, that Washington will choose its friends, and that they do not include regimes that curb popular participation at the polls in favor of street mobilization," writes Marina and David Ottaway in The Washington Post.

John Kerry’s Challenge: Restarting the Middle East Peace Process

Jul 26, 2013
Stalled efforts to reach an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians are once again front and center. Secretary of State Kerry has committed himself to finding a way forward on a dispute that has become one of the world’s immovable objects. Is there any reason to believe that this time can be different? Aaron Miller, a veteran of Middle East negotiations, provides context.

Mixed Set of Expectations for Iran’s New President

Jul 26, 2013
When Hassan Rouhani takes office as Iran’s newly elected president on August 3, the expectations of those who elected him and expect him to pursue a moderate course will be high, but many remain skeptical about the prospects for real change. Leading Iran expert Shaul Bakhash provides context on expectations for the new president.

Five Things to Watch for in the Peace Process

Jul 22, 2013
There's a great deal we don't know (yet) about John Kerry's efforts to resume negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. So how are we to know if this process is on the right track and won't become just another woulda/shoulda/coulda enterprise? In this article from ForeignPolicy.com, Aaron David Miller lists five things to look for on the U.S. side.

Women on Qatar Emir’s Abdication

Jul 19, 2013
The Emir of Qatar abdicated in favor his 33-year-old-son on June 25, 2013. Six female leaders from four Arab countries — Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan and Syria — were asked how the power transfer to Tamim bin Hamad al Thani could impact the region.

You Thought the Brotherhood Was Bad?

Jul 17, 2013
In one of the many bizarre twists of Egypt's recent political convulsion, hardline Salafi parties look poised to replace the Muslim Brotherhood as the most important Islamist players in the political process. It's a situation ripe with irony, writes Senior Scholar Marina Ottaway.

Why Does Washington Still Think it Can Control What Happens in Egypt?

Jul 12, 2013
The primary reason for Egypt's current travails has much more to do with the choices Egyptians have made and the circumstances those choices have created than the policies of the Obama administration, let alone any sins of omission and commission, writes Aaron David Miller in Foreign Policy.

Egyptian Democracy: Is the Ouster of Morsi a Step Forward or Backward?

Jul 11, 2013
Many observers see the military’s removal of President Morsi from office as a step backward for democracy and the rule of law. We spoke with a former Egyptian official who believes the opposite and sees the current situation as an example of democracy in action. Moushira Khattab provides context on the evolution of Egyptian politics.

With This Redo, Do It Right

Jul 09, 2013
The next year may be more turbulent than the last one. Handled well, it could also be more productive, writes Robin Wright in The New York Times.

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