Fri, Jan 6th 2012, 1:40PM
Turkey’s Syria and Iraq Policy Hostage to Islamic State

As the United States struggles to mobilize a coalition of allies, including Turkey, behind potential military action against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, Turkey's Syria and Iraq policies remain captive to the IS and the 49 Turkish hostages it holds. Gönül Tol explains Turkey's interests and constraints. 

Ending Gaza’s Race to the Bottom

The August 26 permanent cease-fire crafted by Egypt between Israel and Hamas and Islamic Jihad forces in the Gaza Strip offers the best opportunity in years to take Palestinians off the “diet” imposed on them by Israel after Hamas ousted Fatah security forces from Gaza in June 2007. Geoffrey Aronson explains.

Second Annual Conference on Egypt

Register now for MEI's full-day conference, "Egypt: Facing Challenges, Harnessing Potential," on September 12 at the Park Hyatt hotel.  Three expert panels will explore practical solutions to Egypt's political, social, and economic challenges. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson and former Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy will deliver keynote addresses.

The Fall of Amran and the Future of the Islah Party in Yemen
As the world’s attention was riveted on the lightening conquests of the Islamic State in Iraq, Yemen’s al-Huthi movement made an equally stunning but largely unnoticed military advance on Amran Governorate and captured the provincial capital, Amran, in July. Charles Schmitz explains the profound political significance of the fall of Amran.
Alexandria Artists Make the City Their Canvas

Gudran artists believe they have a social responsibility “to abandon the traditional spaces of exhibition and performance, activate our artistic practice in the street, and stimulate contact with all aspects of Egyptian society.” Maria Golia explains how they put their philosophy into practice.

Obama Needs Both a Peace Plan and a War Plan

Last week, President Obama said that he has no strategy yet to confront the Islamic State in Syria.  Daniel Serwer explains that without guidance on goals, it will be impossible to design a strategy or to judge whether progress is being made. 

The Road Not Taken

Within four months of the military’s ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the very concept of reconciliation has become “a dirty word” in Egypt. Amira Howeidy describes the interim government's half-hearted efforts attempts at reconciliation amid media attacks and the implications of failing to address this forthrightly.

Turkey’s Syria and Iraq Policy Hostage to Islamic State

As the United States struggles to mobilize a coalition of allies, including Turkey, behind potential military action against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, Turkey's Syria and Iraq policies remain captive to the IS and the 49 Turkish hostages it holds. Gönül Tol explains Turkey's interests and constraints. 

Ending Gaza’s Race to the Bottom

The August 26 permanent cease-fire crafted by Egypt between Israel and Hamas and Islamic Jihad forces in the Gaza Strip offers the best opportunity in years to take Palestinians off the “diet” imposed on them by Israel after Hamas ousted Fatah security forces from Gaza in June 2007. Geoffrey Aronson explains.

Second Annual Conference on Egypt

Register now for MEI's full-day conference, "Egypt: Facing Challenges, Harnessing Potential," on September 12 at the Park Hyatt hotel.  Three expert panels will explore practical solutions to Egypt's political, social, and economic challenges. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson and former Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy will deliver keynote addresses.

The Fall of Amran and the Future of the Islah Party in Yemen
As the world’s attention was riveted on the lightening conquests of the Islamic State in Iraq, Yemen’s al-Huthi movement made an equally stunning but largely unnoticed military advance on Amran Governorate and captured the provincial capital, Amran, in July. Charles Schmitz explains the profound political significance of the fall of Amran.
Alexandria Artists Make the City Their Canvas

Gudran artists believe they have a social responsibility “to abandon the traditional spaces of exhibition and performance, activate our artistic practice in the street, and stimulate contact with all aspects of Egyptian society.” Maria Golia explains how they put their philosophy into practice.

Obama Needs Both a Peace Plan and a War Plan

Last week, President Obama said that he has no strategy yet to confront the Islamic State in Syria.  Daniel Serwer explains that without guidance on goals, it will be impossible to design a strategy or to judge whether progress is being made. 

The Road Not Taken

Within four months of the military’s ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the very concept of reconciliation has become “a dirty word” in Egypt. Amira Howeidy describes the interim government's half-hearted efforts attempts at reconciliation amid media attacks and the implications of failing to address this forthrightly.

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