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The Tunisian Elections: Toward an Arab Democratic Transition

Tunisians head to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections. Larbi Sadiki lauds the country for moving toward "a democratic consolidation further than any other post-uprising Arab country" and explains why this is so.

Despite Elections, Transitional Justice Still Elusive in Tunisia

In spite of attempts to undertake transitional justice in Tunisia, its application is still limited -- and was almost absent from the campaigns of candidates competing in Sunday's parliamentary elections. Anne Wolf examines why.

Ali Shamkhani: Rouhani’s Bridge-Builder to the Arab World?

It has been over a year since Hassan Rouhani’s election and his pledge to reset ties with Riyadh.  The appointment of Ali Shamkhani, a practical and moderate voice, to head Iran’s Supreme National Security Council was greeted hopefully, but he has yet to prove transformational, says MEI's Alex Vatanka.

Obama’s Legacy in the Middle East

A group of MEI scholars recently met to discuss Obama’s legacy in regard to Middle East policy. This piece by Allen Keiswetter serves as the capstone paper for a series that will address the Obama administration's policies vis-à-vis a variety of Middle East issues and states, looking particularly at the current state of play, drivers and dynamics, and opportunities and pitfalls.

2014 Annual Banquet and Conference

Registration is now open for MEI's 68th Annual Banquet and Conference, to be held November 19-20 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington. Purchase tickets now for the Awards Banquet, honoring Ayman Asfari and Shafiq Gabr, and register for our free, all-day conference on what to expect in the Middle East in 2015.

End Game Against ISIS will Require Departure of Assad

There will be no final defeat of ISIS or other violent groups that prey on extreme popular discontent until Syrian President Assad is removed, and a new inclusive order is put in place in Damascus, argues Paul Salem. The U.S. should keep pressing the political track even as it pursues the military track.

Turkey's Tough Choice: Take on ISIS or the PKK?

Amid mounting pressure to become more active in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, the Turkish parliament authorized its military to enter Syria and Iraq, and will allow foreign troops to operate out of Turkish bases. However, this heralds neither a complete about-face in policy toward Syria nor immediate military action, says Gonul Tol.

The Tunisian Elections: Toward an Arab Democratic Transition

Tunisians head to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections. Larbi Sadiki lauds the country for moving toward "a democratic consolidation further than any other post-uprising Arab country" and explains why this is so.

Despite Elections, Transitional Justice Still Elusive in Tunisia

In spite of attempts to undertake transitional justice in Tunisia, its application is still limited -- and was almost absent from the campaigns of candidates competing in Sunday's parliamentary elections. Anne Wolf examines why.

Ali Shamkhani: Rouhani’s Bridge-Builder to the Arab World?

It has been over a year since Hassan Rouhani’s election and his pledge to reset ties with Riyadh.  The appointment of Ali Shamkhani, a practical and moderate voice, to head Iran’s Supreme National Security Council was greeted hopefully, but he has yet to prove transformational, says MEI's Alex Vatanka.

Obama’s Legacy in the Middle East

A group of MEI scholars recently met to discuss Obama’s legacy in regard to Middle East policy. This piece by Allen Keiswetter serves as the capstone paper for a series that will address the Obama administration's policies vis-à-vis a variety of Middle East issues and states, looking particularly at the current state of play, drivers and dynamics, and opportunities and pitfalls.

2014 Annual Banquet and Conference

Registration is now open for MEI's 68th Annual Banquet and Conference, to be held November 19-20 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington. Purchase tickets now for the Awards Banquet, honoring Ayman Asfari and Shafiq Gabr, and register for our free, all-day conference on what to expect in the Middle East in 2015.

End Game Against ISIS will Require Departure of Assad

There will be no final defeat of ISIS or other violent groups that prey on extreme popular discontent until Syrian President Assad is removed, and a new inclusive order is put in place in Damascus, argues Paul Salem. The U.S. should keep pressing the political track even as it pursues the military track.

Turkey's Tough Choice: Take on ISIS or the PKK?

Amid mounting pressure to become more active in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, the Turkish parliament authorized its military to enter Syria and Iraq, and will allow foreign troops to operate out of Turkish bases. However, this heralds neither a complete about-face in policy toward Syria nor immediate military action, says Gonul Tol.

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