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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.

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.

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.

Defeating the Islamic State Militarily is Only Half the Battle

How should the Arab world confront the Islamic State? Ross Harrison argues that while a military effort by the West and its coalition partners is important, it is equally important that Arab governments, through regional cooperation and addressing the question of Arab identity, challenge it politically.

The Afghan Unity Government: A Victory for Democracy

Despite an increased Taliban insurgency, cooler Afghan-American relations, and a sagging economy, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani's recent formation of an Afghan unity government in the wake of contested presidential elections could prove to be an important step toward stability and good governance. Marvin Weinbaum and Meena Yousufzy explain.

Q&A with Hala Shukrallah, Dostour Party President
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.

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.

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.

Defeating the Islamic State Militarily is Only Half the Battle

How should the Arab world confront the Islamic State? Ross Harrison argues that while a military effort by the West and its coalition partners is important, it is equally important that Arab governments, through regional cooperation and addressing the question of Arab identity, challenge it politically.

The Afghan Unity Government: A Victory for Democracy

Despite an increased Taliban insurgency, cooler Afghan-American relations, and a sagging economy, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani's recent formation of an Afghan unity government in the wake of contested presidential elections could prove to be an important step toward stability and good governance. Marvin Weinbaum and Meena Yousufzy explain.

Q&A with Hala Shukrallah, Dostour Party President

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