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Muslim World Reacts to Trump's Announcement

Updated Dec. 15, 2017


An American Journalist Looks Back: Sadat, Begin, and the Palestinians, The Gamble That Helped Spawn a 40-Year Peace

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (left) and Prime Minister Menachem Begin in serious talks at the King David Hotel dinner in Jerusalem, 1977. Courtesy of the Press Office of the Government of Israel.

Egypt in the Wake of Terror

Last week’s terror attack in northern Sinai surpassed in scale anything the government of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has encountered to date in its battle with Islamic jihadis. Beyond the sheer magnitude of the loss of life, what is the significance of the attack and the implications for Egypt’s security, politics, and governance? What does the attack tell us about the operational capacity of jihadi terror groups in Sinai and throughout the country? Why has the Egyptian government failed to such an extent in its counterterrorism campaign?

ISIS After the Caliphate

Updated Jan. 8, 2018


Turmoil Across the Middle East: What Does It Mean?

What should we make of the Middle East’s upheavals? In recent weeks, the Islamic State (ISIS) “caliphate” collapsed. Syria’s Assad regime all but won the six-year war, thus consolidating Iranian and Russian influence. Saudi Arabia purged parts of its royal family. Lebanon’s prime minister abruptly resigned. Iraq’s Kurds voted for independence, triggering confrontation with Baghdad. Years of U.S. and international engagement has failed to rebuild fractured countries, and the very viability of states like Iraq and Syria has been challenged.

The Kingdom's Capital: An IPO and an Ambitious Prince

Few initial public offerings (IPOs) have generated the breathless coverage as that of the partial privatization of Saudi Aramco planned for 2018. The state-owned colossus is the largest energy company in the world; it alone is responsible for supplying about 12 percent of the world’s daily oil consumption. The proposed listing of five percent of Aramco’s shares in a public offering would likely make the issue the largest IPO in history, raising about $100 billion (according to official statements).

A Conversation with H.E. Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority

On November 30, 2017, the Wilson Center's Middle East Program held ‘A Conversation with H.E. Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority’ as a part of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Middle East Forum. Fayyad is a Palestinian politician and former prime minister and finance minister of the Palestinian Authority. Jane Harman, the Wilson Center's Director, President, and CEO provided an introduction.

Egypt’s Forgotten Nubian Minority

In this episode of TRENDING, Amy Austin Holmes discusses the ongoing persecution of the Nubian minority population in Egypt.  Holmes highlights the recent death of prominent Nubian activist Gamal Sorour, arrested in Egypt last month for taking part in a peaceful protest.