Fri, Jan 6th 2012, 1:40PM
El-Sisi’s Predicament with the Gaza Crisis

The current crisis in Gaza represents Egypt's first real foreign policy test for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.  Mohamed Elmenshawy explains why the manner in which this crisis is resolved, including the role of Egypt’s rulers in ending the conflict, will help define Egypt’s foreign policy under el-Sisi.

Gaza Crisis Shows Turkey’s Declining Regional Influence

The Israeli incursion into Gaza and the ensuing diplomatic efforts to end the violence have revealed Turkey’s waning influence in the region. Gönül Tol explains why Turkey may have to settle for a secondary role in the Hamas-Israeli conflict.

The Future of Tunisia's Nidaa Tounes Party

When the Nidaa Tounes (“Call for Tunisia”) party was formally licensed in July 2012, it positioned itself as a “modern” alternative to the Islamist Ennahda party. But with parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for October 2014, questions remain about the ability of Nidaa Tounes' members to unite around shared core principles and inspire confidence in the electorate. Anne Wolf discusses the reasons for its loss of momentum and questions raised about its ability to govern.

Why the U.S. Has Limited Options In Iraq

In 2006, U.S. military options for handling the Iraqi insurgency were narrowed to two: a surge of troops or a transfer of security responsibilities to the Iraqi government. Steven Simon revisits the debate to glean insights into U.S. options for handling militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Egypt’s Least Bad Option for Addressing Energy Troubles

A proposed deal to export Israeli natural gas through Egypt has the potential to help Egypt escape its deepening energy crisis, but the agreement is complicated by a history of deeply rooted grievances between the two countries, made worse by the recent violence in Gaza.

Israel's Unwinnable War

Expert Q&A with MEI's Amb. Philip Wilcox, who discusses the motivations that led to the current escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas, and why Israel decided to pursue its latest ground assault in Gaza.

The Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

Guest contributor Pia Wanek describes conditions in Gaza since the recent escalation of Israeli bombings--conditions that may deteriorate further with Israel's launch of a ground invasion. Compounding upon previous flare-ups in hostilities, "There is no return to 'normal' in Gaza, even when cease-fires hold," Wanek says.

El-Sisi’s Predicament with the Gaza Crisis

The current crisis in Gaza represents Egypt's first real foreign policy test for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.  Mohamed Elmenshawy explains why the manner in which this crisis is resolved, including the role of Egypt’s rulers in ending the conflict, will help define Egypt’s foreign policy under el-Sisi.

Gaza Crisis Shows Turkey’s Declining Regional Influence

The Israeli incursion into Gaza and the ensuing diplomatic efforts to end the violence have revealed Turkey’s waning influence in the region. Gönül Tol explains why Turkey may have to settle for a secondary role in the Hamas-Israeli conflict.

The Future of Tunisia's Nidaa Tounes Party

When the Nidaa Tounes (“Call for Tunisia”) party was formally licensed in July 2012, it positioned itself as a “modern” alternative to the Islamist Ennahda party. But with parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for October 2014, questions remain about the ability of Nidaa Tounes' members to unite around shared core principles and inspire confidence in the electorate. Anne Wolf discusses the reasons for its loss of momentum and questions raised about its ability to govern.

Why the U.S. Has Limited Options In Iraq

In 2006, U.S. military options for handling the Iraqi insurgency were narrowed to two: a surge of troops or a transfer of security responsibilities to the Iraqi government. Steven Simon revisits the debate to glean insights into U.S. options for handling militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Egypt’s Least Bad Option for Addressing Energy Troubles

A proposed deal to export Israeli natural gas through Egypt has the potential to help Egypt escape its deepening energy crisis, but the agreement is complicated by a history of deeply rooted grievances between the two countries, made worse by the recent violence in Gaza.

Israel's Unwinnable War

Expert Q&A with MEI's Amb. Philip Wilcox, who discusses the motivations that led to the current escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas, and why Israel decided to pursue its latest ground assault in Gaza.

The Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

Guest contributor Pia Wanek describes conditions in Gaza since the recent escalation of Israeli bombings--conditions that may deteriorate further with Israel's launch of a ground invasion. Compounding upon previous flare-ups in hostilities, "There is no return to 'normal' in Gaza, even when cease-fires hold," Wanek says.

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