Fri, Jan 6th 2012, 1:40PM
How the U.S. Lost Leverage in Iraq

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

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.

Egypt’s New Parliamentary Election Law

Just 48 hours before handing over the reigns to now President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour signed into law a controversial piece of legislation that regulates elections for Egypt’s new House of Representatives. Mohamed Elmenshawy explains why many in the country fear that this election law represents a dramatic setback.

Egypt’s Sexual Harassment Law

Although sexual harassment has been an endemic problem in Egypt for years, there has been very little public discussion on the topic, and the state has typically denied the breadth and severity of the problem. Yasmin El-Rifae explains why women's and human rights groups believe the recent law criminalizing sexual harassment is insufficient to address the problem.

The Muslim Brotherhood One Year after the Ouster

One year after the July 3 ouster of President Mohammad Morsi, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is facing challenges that will shape the group’s future and that of political Islam.  While the outcome of this conflict is not yet known, Ibrahim el-Houdaiby explains why it is unlikely that the Muslim Brotherhood—and Islamism in the region and  beyond—will look the same again. 

 

Egypt's Minya Governorate: Politics and the Peasantry

Only about one-third of the eligible voters in the Minya governorate cast a ballot in the recent presidential elections. Naglaa Mahmoud explains the effects of land laws over the years that have steadily eroded the ability of farming communities to support themselves.

How the U.S. Lost Leverage in Iraq

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

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.

Egypt’s New Parliamentary Election Law

Just 48 hours before handing over the reigns to now President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour signed into law a controversial piece of legislation that regulates elections for Egypt’s new House of Representatives. Mohamed Elmenshawy explains why many in the country fear that this election law represents a dramatic setback.

Egypt’s Sexual Harassment Law

Although sexual harassment has been an endemic problem in Egypt for years, there has been very little public discussion on the topic, and the state has typically denied the breadth and severity of the problem. Yasmin El-Rifae explains why women's and human rights groups believe the recent law criminalizing sexual harassment is insufficient to address the problem.

The Muslim Brotherhood One Year after the Ouster

One year after the July 3 ouster of President Mohammad Morsi, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is facing challenges that will shape the group’s future and that of political Islam.  While the outcome of this conflict is not yet known, Ibrahim el-Houdaiby explains why it is unlikely that the Muslim Brotherhood—and Islamism in the region and  beyond—will look the same again. 

 

Egypt's Minya Governorate: Politics and the Peasantry

Only about one-third of the eligible voters in the Minya governorate cast a ballot in the recent presidential elections. Naglaa Mahmoud explains the effects of land laws over the years that have steadily eroded the ability of farming communities to support themselves.

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