Middle East and North Africa News

Drawbacks to the Saudi Offer to Send Troops to Syria to Fight ISIS

Feb 09, 2016
As compelling as the idea of large numbers of Saudi ground forces fighting ISIS may seem, this is probably an idea whose time has not yet come writes Aaron David Miller.

MENA Women News Brief

Feb 04, 2016
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-weekly basis.

Missing From Geneva Talks: A Process That Could Lead to Peace in Syria

Feb 03, 2016
Peace conferences are usually good for two things: starting a credible process or ending one. What’s happening in Geneva, ostensibly aimed at stopping the conflict in Syria, lacks sufficient buy-in from key parties to produce either result writes Aaron David Miller.

Killing Jihadist Hackers Sets a Flawed Precedent

Feb 02, 2016
More and more, state and pseudo-state actors will draw on digital irregulars: patriotic or jihadist hacktivists, civilians with spare time and a working knowledge of the Internet. The anti-Islamic State coalition is setting a model for those wars, whoever fights them.

To Defeat ISIS, Listen to the Women

Feb 01, 2016
A new, positive trend is on the horizon: the role of women, not just as victims of ISIS, but as powerful change agents to reverse the tide of terrorism, writes Tara Sonenshine.

A U.S. Blueprint for Syria

Jan 27, 2016
Why does Russia always seem to be a step ahead of the U.S. in Syria? The answer is simple: Moscow knows exactly what it wants.

US Hostages Released From Iran

Jan 19, 2016
Haleh Esfandiari, a former political prisoner herself, talks about Iran’s release of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three other Americans as part of a prisoner swap with the US.

Release of U.S. Sailors Is a Win for Rouhani and Iran’s Moderates

Jan 14, 2016
The prompt release of the 10 U.S. Navy personnel captured Tuesday by Iran’s military shows that, finally, more sensible counsels are prevailing in Tehran, write Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak.

Saudi Arabia and Iran's Forever Fight

Jan 13, 2016
"The Saudi-Iranian cold war is going to be one of the defining features of the new Middle East. Here’s why," write Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky.

Uncovering Urban Inequality in Cairo

Jan 06, 2016
Researchers Diane Singerman, Kareem Ibrahim, and Reem Abdel Haliem have been collaborating through TADAMUN, a Cairo-based initiative that works with citizens to claim their urban rights, conducting a spatial analysis of urban inequality to offer visual tools for understanding development gaps and policy challenges in contemporary Egypt.

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