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A Strategy Against the Islamic State

The outlines of a US strategy to roll back ISIS in Iraq have become relatively clear, but not so in Syria. After years of gridlock, the threat of ISIS has created a renewed opportunity for fresh international and regional diplomacy.  Paul Salem explores the policy options facing Washington.

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.

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.

Pro-Kurdish Party Big Winner in Turkish Elections
Although he came in last in Turkey’s first direct presidential elections, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party candidate Selahattin Demirtas is a significant winner. Gönül Tol explains the implications of his third-place win on the future of the Kurdish political movement.
 
The Education of Syrian Refugee Children

If the future of a nation is built on the competencies learned by its children, then the future of Syria gives cause for great concern. Judith Cochran describes the challenges facing Syrian school children within the country and in the neighboring countries that host them, and she outlines some interventions that might help them catch up with their peers. 

Egypt’s Suez Canal Corridor Project

If it manages to overcome some rather formidable obstacles, Egypt’s much-touted “mega project of the century”—the Suez Canal Corridor Project (SCCP)—has the potential to transform the country into a world-class center for trade and industry. Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim explains the opportunities and challenges presented by this project.

Austerity without Protection: Egypt's 2014 Budget

Last May, the interim authority announced the state budget for the 2014 financial year; it included austerity measures that were sure to be painful for ordinary Egyptians, and the timing of the announcement suggests that the interim authority wanted to shield the new president from responsibility. And then President Sisi took it a step further. Mohamed Gad explains.

A Strategy Against the Islamic State

The outlines of a US strategy to roll back ISIS in Iraq have become relatively clear, but not so in Syria. After years of gridlock, the threat of ISIS has created a renewed opportunity for fresh international and regional diplomacy.  Paul Salem explores the policy options facing Washington.

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.

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.

Pro-Kurdish Party Big Winner in Turkish Elections
Although he came in last in Turkey’s first direct presidential elections, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party candidate Selahattin Demirtas is a significant winner. Gönül Tol explains the implications of his third-place win on the future of the Kurdish political movement.
 
The Education of Syrian Refugee Children

If the future of a nation is built on the competencies learned by its children, then the future of Syria gives cause for great concern. Judith Cochran describes the challenges facing Syrian school children within the country and in the neighboring countries that host them, and she outlines some interventions that might help them catch up with their peers. 

Egypt’s Suez Canal Corridor Project

If it manages to overcome some rather formidable obstacles, Egypt’s much-touted “mega project of the century”—the Suez Canal Corridor Project (SCCP)—has the potential to transform the country into a world-class center for trade and industry. Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim explains the opportunities and challenges presented by this project.

Austerity without Protection: Egypt's 2014 Budget

Last May, the interim authority announced the state budget for the 2014 financial year; it included austerity measures that were sure to be painful for ordinary Egyptians, and the timing of the announcement suggests that the interim authority wanted to shield the new president from responsibility. And then President Sisi took it a step further. Mohamed Gad explains.

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