Middle East and North Africa News

Islamist Gap: ISIS v. the Brothers

Aug 25, 2014
The two best known Islamist groups in the Middle East today are the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Despite their common Islamist labels, however, the two movements have vastly different origins, political platforms and social agendas.

From "Hoca" to "Prime Minister": Davutoğlu's Ascendance in Turkish Politics

Aug 22, 2014
On 21 August, Turkey's Prime Minister and President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the AK Party executive board's decision nominate Ahment Davutoğlu to succeed him as the leader of the party. In a few days, we will see Davutoğlu chosen as the leader of AK Party and the Prime Minister, but it will be a matter of time before his performance in this post can be assessed. In this piece, Global Fellow Bülent Aras reflects on Davutoğlu's rise to prominence in Turkish politics.

For once, the situation in Iraq wasn’t caused by an intelligence failure

Aug 15, 2014
Was the sudden rise of the Islamic State insurgents, to use a loaded term, an “intelligence failure?” No, it wasn't writes Jane Harman. But no quantity of intelligence can fill the vacuum of a missing strategy.

Arab and Gulf Countries Must Take the Lead in Iraq

Aug 08, 2014
"This carnage should be an opportunity for Washington to work with responsible actors in the region. Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council countries should take the lead and provide humanitarian and military aid in the form of air power and ground troops to defeat and uproot ISIS, as it is already a coming attraction for Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Who Won the Gaza War?

Aug 08, 2014
Who is winning the war in Gaza? Aaron David Miller writes that while it's still too early to say, for now, here's how he would score the performance of the five major parties to this crisis: Israel, Hamas, the PA, Egypt, and the United States.

Why Do Women Turn into Suicide Bombers?

Aug 05, 2014
Women's involvement in terror is real and growing. What drives women to give their lives for violent movements that insist on their inferiority? Jane Harman writes about this growing trend and what to do to stop it.

America Needs to End its Obsession with Trying to Fix Everything in Gaza

Jul 31, 2014
"I worked as a U.S. negotiator on the Arab-Israeli conflict for almost 20 years, and nobody ever lost money betting against peace," writes Aaron David Miller. "When mediators do succeed, it's largely because the locals are ready for a deal – and a need a third party."
Webcast

Kerry Pushes for Gaza Cease-Fire

Jul 28, 2014
As Secretary of State John Kerry implores an end to the current crisis in the Middle East, violence continues in the region. Jane Harman joins NOW With Alex Wagner to discuss on MSNBC.

The Endgame in Gaza

Jul 22, 2014
Netanyahu has now laid out a different vision for an acceptable endgame -- the "demilitarization" of Gaza, writes Aaron David Miller. Is he serious and is a demilitarized Gaza really possible?

Event Transcript - Researching the Middle East

Jul 18, 2014
Transcript for a panel discussion on the challenges of researching and writing on recent Middle East history.

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