Middle East and North Africa News

Statement on the Detainment of Ismail Alexandrani

Dec 03, 2015
This week, Egypt detained Ismail Alexandrani, an Egyptian researcher, investigative journalist, and former Wilson Center Fellow. The Wilson Center is deeply concerned by his arrest, and we have reached out to senior U.S. officials for more information. Although we do not know yet what the charges against Mr. Alexandrani are, we strongly urge the government of Egypt to deal with his case in full accordance with the country's constitution that guarantees Egyptian citizens freedom of speech and the media.

Can Hollande Lead the Fight Against ISIS?

Nov 30, 2015
Can French President Francois Hollande turn a coalition of the risk-averse, self-interested, and unwilling, into a functional coalition finally willing and ready to defeat the Islamic State? To succeed, Hollande will have to overcome four key obstacles.

Global Energy Forum Calls for Middle East, Climate Security

Nov 24, 2015
Today the Wilson Center released a report from its Global Energy Forum highlighting key energy and climate trends, and advocating four points in a regional and global strategy keyed to the Middle East and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-21) in Paris at the end of this month. Convening initially on September 21, the Global Energy Forum is led by eight national experts on energy and climate policy.

Are the Paris Attacks a “Game-Changer?”

Nov 19, 2015
Did ISIS go too far? Will the reaction to the Paris Attacks prove to be a “game-changer” that transforms the effort to combat the so-called “Islamic State?”

From Sinjar to Paris and Back

Nov 19, 2015
Successes in the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria are creating opportunities for the United States to shift the momentum of the conflict.

After Paris: An American Strategy

Nov 19, 2015
A well-considered U.S. response to the Paris attacks demands a coordinated intelligence, financial, and military strategy for countering the Islamic State.

Wilson Perspectives: Implications of the Paris Attacks

Nov 19, 2015
The recent terror attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Sinai are profound tragedies and have massive security and economic consequences around the world. With a broad focus on global issues and deep expertise in key regions, the Wilson Center is uniquely positioned to provide a wide-angle view. In this publication of original essays by Wilson Center experts representing every corner of the globe, we work to give context to breaking news. As the story continues to unfold, our analysts will update this collection with new perspectives on the key emerging issues. In trying times, we hope you find our insights useful.

Paris, and Turkish Policy in Syria

Nov 19, 2015
The Paris attacks have not only undermined Turkey’s position on a number of fronts—including the Syrian conflict, U.S. demands for a more aggressive position on the Islamic State, collaboration with Syrian Kurds, and the refugee crisis—but have also eclipsed President Erdogan’s plans to showcase his and Turkey’s growing influence at the recent G20 meeting in Anatalya.

U.S. Strategy Toward the Islamic State

Nov 19, 2015
President Obama’s post-Paris response to the threat posed by the Islamic State reflects his awareness of the contradictions of the capabilities and interests of America’s regional partners and allies, which continue to complicate U.S. strategic considerations in the region.

The ISIS Primer

Nov 19, 2015

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