Middle East and North Africa News

NATO’s Difficult Trifecta

Sep 03, 2014
"This week's NATO summit of sixty world leaders may be the most important such meeting since the organization—the world’s mightiest military alliance—was created, in 1949," writes Robin Wright.
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U.S. Seeking to Build Coalition to Take on ISIS

Sep 03, 2014
"This is a very risk averse president, and a relatively risk averse American population, we are not going to forge the kind of coalition which allows for thousands of boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria" says Aaron David Miller.

ISIS’s Cruelty Toward Women Gets Scant Attention

Sep 02, 2014
"Arab and Muslim governments, vocal on the threat ISIS poses to regional stability, have been virtually silent on ISIS’s systemic degradation, abuse, and humiliation of women," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Challenges for Algeria’s Islamist Parties

Sep 02, 2014
Algeria’s Islamists have had limited political success since the Arab Spring, especially compared with the initial electoral gains by Islamists elsewhere in the Middle East. The main problem is their own political rivalry.

What No Strategy On The Islamic State Means For The Region

Sep 02, 2014
"We need the president actually explaining to the American people why it matters to confront ISIS, and we need an enhanced sense of urgency," said Jane Harman during this interview with NPR.

The Islamic State's Home-Field Advantage

Aug 26, 2014
Will an expanded mission to strike James Foley's killers in Syria be an effective way in defeating IS ? Aaron David Miller writes about the downsides of striking IS in Syria, and why the president is increasingly likely to do so.

Why is Congress AWOL?

Aug 26, 2014
"It's hard to see how the United States can pursue much longer an Iraq-only response to the increasingly regional threat of ISIL. That's exactly why Congressional action is essential: not to endorse mission creep, but to limit it," writes Jane Harman.

Mission Creep in Iraq – By Email

Aug 25, 2014
“As the U.S. nears 100 airstrikes, it’s still unclear how far Washington is prepared to go to deal with those threats or what its long-term strategy may be… there’s certainly very little guidance in those CENTCOM emails about how much difference these U.S. airstrikes are making,” writes Robin Wright.

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.

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