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Pulling Libya Back from the Brink

The Libyan crisis appears increasingly beyond repair. Karim Mezran outlines how the international community can help by "robustly standing behind UN efforts and preparing for heightened engagement that would include more aggressive diplomacy and targeted sanctions."

The New Suez Canal Project

Maria Golia provides an update on Egypt's New Suez Canal mega-project, discussing its symbolic and economic importance. The project’s greater value, she argues, lies in its 20-year goal of developing the Canal Zone cities of Ismailia, Port Said, Ain al-Sokhna, al-Arish, and Suez itself.

Iran as an Occupying Force in Syria

Fouad Hamdan and Shiar Youssef of the Naame Shaam campaign make the case that Iran now occupies Syria, with Bashar al-Assad just a puppet in the Islamic Republic's hands.

Egypt and Israel: Sinai Heat Thaws the Cold Peace

Zack Gold discusses strengthening ties between Egypt and Israel due to their collaborative response to threats in Sinai, and how these ties could be further strengthened through energy trade. But because the countries' relationship is politically controversial, "it is likely that [their] relations will remain strong but behind-the-scenes."

Sunni Deobandi-Shi'i Sectarian Violence in Pakistan

In this thorough and detailed report, Arif Rafiq explores the causes of the surge in sectarian violence between Sunni Deobandi and Shi'i Muslims in Pakistan since 2007, identifies the networks behind it, and offers solutions for rolling back the surging tide.  

Iran’s Nuclear Secrets Need to be Revealed

Though Iran is a signatory to the Nonproliferation Treaty, it has not implemented all resolutions nor has it given a comprehensive account of its past weapons-related nuclear research and development. Dan Serwer argues that the U.S. must aim to resolve these "clandestine" issues in the continued negotiations.

The American Approach in Syria and Iran: Soft and Dangerous

Bassam Barabandi and Tyler Jess Thompson argue that in Obama's pursuit of foreign policy deals with Syria and Iran, he has taken a soft approach. "As a result," they write, "Syria and Iran have taken advantage with aggressive opportunism."

Obama's Legacy in the Middle East

In this special MEI Scholars Series fifteen experts examine the dynamics that have shaped the Obama administration's Middle East policy from their respective areas of expertise and discuss opportunities and potential pitfalls that it will face in its last two years in office.

Pulling Libya Back from the Brink

The Libyan crisis appears increasingly beyond repair. Karim Mezran outlines how the international community can help by "robustly standing behind UN efforts and preparing for heightened engagement that would include more aggressive diplomacy and targeted sanctions."

The New Suez Canal Project

Maria Golia provides an update on Egypt's New Suez Canal mega-project, discussing its symbolic and economic importance. The project’s greater value, she argues, lies in its 20-year goal of developing the Canal Zone cities of Ismailia, Port Said, Ain al-Sokhna, al-Arish, and Suez itself.

Iran as an Occupying Force in Syria

Fouad Hamdan and Shiar Youssef of the Naame Shaam campaign make the case that Iran now occupies Syria, with Bashar al-Assad just a puppet in the Islamic Republic's hands.

Egypt and Israel: Sinai Heat Thaws the Cold Peace

Zack Gold discusses strengthening ties between Egypt and Israel due to their collaborative response to threats in Sinai, and how these ties could be further strengthened through energy trade. But because the countries' relationship is politically controversial, "it is likely that [their] relations will remain strong but behind-the-scenes."

Sunni Deobandi-Shi'i Sectarian Violence in Pakistan

In this thorough and detailed report, Arif Rafiq explores the causes of the surge in sectarian violence between Sunni Deobandi and Shi'i Muslims in Pakistan since 2007, identifies the networks behind it, and offers solutions for rolling back the surging tide.  

Iran’s Nuclear Secrets Need to be Revealed

Though Iran is a signatory to the Nonproliferation Treaty, it has not implemented all resolutions nor has it given a comprehensive account of its past weapons-related nuclear research and development. Dan Serwer argues that the U.S. must aim to resolve these "clandestine" issues in the continued negotiations.

The American Approach in Syria and Iran: Soft and Dangerous

Bassam Barabandi and Tyler Jess Thompson argue that in Obama's pursuit of foreign policy deals with Syria and Iran, he has taken a soft approach. "As a result," they write, "Syria and Iran have taken advantage with aggressive opportunism."

Obama's Legacy in the Middle East

In this special MEI Scholars Series fifteen experts examine the dynamics that have shaped the Obama administration's Middle East policy from their respective areas of expertise and discuss opportunities and potential pitfalls that it will face in its last two years in office.

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