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ARABS WATCH AS LEBANON NAVIGATES A CRUCIAL MOMENT
Rami G. Khouri
The protesters vision of the role of the state and their rights as citizens is very different from how the establishment men in the national dialogue see the citizen and the state. READ MORE
NO EXIT: THE POLITICS OF GARBAGE IN LEBANON
Nabeel Khoury
Jean Paul Sartre’s "No Exit", a play that was long ago staged in Arabic to entertain Beirut’s literati, captures the current dilemma: The way out of the morass is obvious but the political class in Lebanon, long trapped by their own selfishness and vicious internecine struggles, simply cannot leave their self-created inferno. READ MORE
WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE IRAN DEAL?
Rami G. Khouri
What lessons have we learned from the process behind getting the Iran deal through American congress? Perhaps not much new, but some clarity on old understandings of the relationship between the United States and Israel. READ MORE
THE NEW MIDDLE EAST, IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AND THE ARABS
Nabil Fahmy
Nabil Fahmy says Arabs have to deal with the regional situation, including the Iranian deal, seriously and objectively. Simply making statements will not deter threats or safeguard interests. Egypt's former foreign minister calls for independent and concrete Arab proposals. READ MORE
WAR & PEACE OVER LUNCH II
Rami G. Khouri
Saudi Arabia and Iran could lead a bold diplomatic process to shape a Gulf-centric, Middle Eastern regional security architecture that is modeled on the Helsinki Process of a generation ago between the American- and Soviet-led camps. READ MORE
WAR & PEACE OVER LUNCH
Rami G. Khouri
A delightful lunch in which I disagree with the fundamental premise that our region is largely defined by the confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia. READ MORE
REMEMBERING SAUD AL-FAISAL
Nabil Fahmy
Saudi Arabia's longtime minister of foreign affairs, Prince Saud Al-Faisal passed away this Ramadan. He was among the kingdom's most influential men. The Egyptian former foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, reflects on the Arab statesman and diplomat. READ MORE
REPEATING HISTORY IN SYRIA
Rami G. Khouri
Just as Syria was created after World War One by negotiations among Western powers who decided the country’s composition and its leadership and power configuration, Syria today is being reconfigured in the image of other powers. READ MORE
REPRESSION IN EGYPT FROM MUBARAK TO SISI
Maged Mandour
Egypt under President Sisi is more autocratic and repressive than at any other point in the country’s history. READ MORE
HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS VISIBLE IN TURKEY-SYRIA
Rami G. Khouri
The events Monday transcend domestic Turkish issues. In fact, they reflect the convergence of at least five important new trends in the Middle East that touch on Turkey, the Kurds, Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the Mideast policies of the United States and other foreign and regional powers. READ MORE
ASSAD LETTING GO OF SYRIAN UNITY
Rashad Al-Kattan
Assad may be relinquishing authority over certain parts of Syria he is unable to hold or recapture, but the war is sure to drag on for some time. READ MORE
WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERE’S SYRIAN DIPLOMACY
Rami G. Khouri
The best available option now is to seek an American-Iranian-Russian-Saudi agreement on basic principles to end the fighting. This would allow Syrians themselves to forge a political path towards…well, nobody knows towards what. READ MORE
VENTURING VERY FAR AFIELD, TO LEARN ABOUT HOME
Rami G. Khouri
Last month I ventured very far afield to read a tale of adolescent youth in ethnically mixed British society, whose main characters are two teenage British-Pakistani girls. READ MORE
EGYPT’S PARTIES FACE MARGINALIZATION ONCE AGAIN
Khaled Dawoud
Egypt’s electoral system, which favors individual candidates and parties designed to increase President Sisi's populist appeal, will sideline pro-democracy parties.READ MORE
EU SEPARATES ISRAEL’S SECURITY FROM ITS SETTLEMENTS
Rami G. Khouri
Slow but continuing moves by the European Union — including two developments in the past week — place the Palestinian-Israeli struggle in the arena of international law, accountability and appropriate sanctions.READ MORE
IRAN’S POST-DEAL DILEMMA
Tarek Osman
A major success in Tehran's foreign policy, the nuclear deal imposes an acute dilemma on the regime at home. So far, its leaders seem neither willing nor able to resolve the challenges facing them. READ MORE
WILL CONGRESS SNATCH DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY?
Reza Marashi
Congress will have a sixty-day review period–until September 17–in which it can accept the deal, reject it, or do nothing. The White House has a fight on its hands, but one that it can win. READ MORE
WHY HUMAN RIGHTS IS GOOD BUSINESS IN POST-DEAL IRAN
Gissou Nia
Amid all the excitement over an Iran deal, there has been scant discussion of Iran’s dismal human rights record. The lifting of sanctions presents an opportunity not only for big profits, but gains in the country’s human rights standards. READ MORE
NIDAA TOUNES DRIFTING APART?
Omar Belhaj Salah
A disillusioned faction within Nidaa Tounes is drawing on distrust of leftist and conservative leadership to seek more influence within the governing party. READ MORE
IRAN IS DRAMA, BUT IRAQ IS DESTINY
Rami G. Khouri
Their cooperation with American and Iranian elements suggests that Iraqis are determined to keep trying to work together for the common good of their united, pluralistic country, rather than to fight each other for the right to rule small ethnic provinces. READ MORE
U.S. AND IRAN: OVERCOMING A HARD LEGACY
John Limbert
With the announcement of a nuclear deal in Vienna, a three-decade freeze in relations between the U.S. and Iran is beginning to break. A former American diplomat with a deep knowledge of Iran, John Limbert explains the way forward. READ MORE
THE BROTHERHOOD’S POST-PACIFIST APPROACH
Abdelrahman Ayyash
The Muslim Brotherhood’s current leadership is neither able nor willing to find political alternatives to what the young propose: “smart violence.” READ MORE
HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD STOP LYING
Rami G. Khouri
The BDS movement that includes divestment and boycott moves by leading American churches and European banks and even some governments is not trying to delegitimize Israel. READ MORE
COUNTING ISLAM: RELIGION, CLASS, AND ELECTIONS IN EGYPT
Amy Hawthorne
A look at the ups and downs of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.​READ MORE
THE RISE OF THE ISLAMIC STATE: ISIS AND THE NEW SUNNI REVOLUTION
Nabeel Khoury
An investigation of the chaos in Iraq and Syria. READ MORE
DARK GEOPOLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Hooshang Amirahmadi
The region’s autocrats and foreign intruders created growing disorder. Democratic reform is needed to spare the region from a future of failed states, popular revolts, and religious extremism. READ MORE
EGYPT, ISIS, ELVIS AND OTHER INSPIRATIONS
Rami G. Khouri
Anniversaries this week that inspire liberty, human rights, and the enjoyment of life. READ MORE
WHAT GOES UNSAID
Marda Dunsky
American media coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict is more even-handed than critics claim, but key contextual factors go unreported or underreported. Among them: the impact of U.S. policy on the conflict. READ MORE
THE MARVEL OF BÁNH MÌ
Andrew Lam
In the colonial era the Vietnamese appropriated French baguette and added local ingredients to concoct a sandwich that is now a hit with the patrons of restaurants and food trucks from Singapore to San Francisco. READ MORE
DINING WITH DARIUS
Rachel Laudan
The tale of the Persian empire is one of vast farms, game reserves, and fisheries, elaborate kitchens staffed by thousands, and power. Centuries later, nations are still engaging in culinary politics. READ MORE
HOW TO FEED EGYPT
Perrihan Al-Riffai
A country with a bulging population faces crippling food security challenges. A high-level government commitment must address the availability of and access to food. READ MORE
SUSTAINING OUR FARMERS
Kanayo F. Nwanze
Rising global population means the world must produce more food. Empowering smallholders is the key to fighting hunger and feeding a growing world. READ MORE
THE ARTIST OF FRENCH COOKING
Cairo Review
Alain Passard is considered the best French chef in the world. He muses on his kitchen adventures, the splendor of vegetables, and the impact of globalization on cuisine à la française. READ MORE
LETTER FROM CHINA
John Battersby
The Beijing regime is nervous that digital technology in the form of social media and other tools is chipping away at the Communist Party’s authoritarian system of control. READ MORE
FOREIGN POLICY, INTERRUPTED
Lauren E. Bohn
To respond to a stark gender disparity in foreign affairs, a new non-profit works to get more women miked, quoted, and bylined. READ MORE
ORIENTAL HALL, ETC.
Frank E. Bartscheck II, Salma Abdallah
Happenings, speakers, and events at the American University in Cairo. READ MORE
EVERYDAY HEROES
Frank E. Bartscheck II
A psychologist, known for his study of evil, is fascinated by what was good in the Arab Spring. READ MORE
EGYPTIAN REPORTERS RELOADED
Amir-Hussein Radjy
Mada Masr, a progressive online news organization, is pushing against the shrinking space for political debate. READ MORE
REFLECTING ON A WEEK OF TERROR
Rami G. Khouri
Identifying more honestly the combination of reasons that drive ordinary citizens into the arms of killers has stumped Arab and Western authorities for decades, though any Arab teenager could probably explain in five minutes what ails them, and channels some of them into criminal acts. READ MORE
NETANYAHU AND THE IRANIAN THREAT
Owen Alterman
Some say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is obsessed with the Iranian nuclear issue. Some say he just cares deeply about it. Owen Alterman reflects upon how Jewish history influences the leader's policies today. READ MORE
HOW A NUCLEAR DEAL HELPS DEMOCRACY IN IRAN
Nader Hashemi
The debate on the Iran nuclear deal has largely ignored the effects that an accord might have on politics and society within the country. An Iranian scholar considers what the future might hold. READ MORE
SIGNS OF A MORE EFFECTIVE PALESTINIAN STRATEGY?
Rami G. Khouri
Two initiatives this week may well point the way towards a more effective path of political and diplomatic struggle that could overcome the constraints now suffered due to Palestinian fragmentation. READ MORE
HOW IRAQ IS DRIVING ITSELF TO HUNGER
Hadi Fathallah
The fight against the Islamic State has disrupted food production in Iraq, but the Iraqi government is in no shape to fill the food gap. READ MORE
GOOD GRIEF: ISIS CANNOT BE FOUGHT WITH FACEBOOK LIKES
Rami G. Khouri
ISIS and Al-Qaeda can only be fought by cutting out from beneath their feet the combination of policies and conditions in the Arab region that deeply offend and threaten ordinary citizens, and ultimately turn a very small number of them into ISIS recruits. READ MORE
TO OBEY THE LAW OR CONTINUE CRIMINAL ACTIONS?
Rami G. Khouri
Four very different approaches on to how to resolve situations of violence, atrocity, and occupation. READ MORE
ENDING THE IRANIAN-SAUDI COLD WAR
Reza Marashi
Renewed diplomacy between two regional powers is critical to building durable security in the Middle East. READ MORE
THE U.S. SUPREME COURT WISELY UPHOLDS THE LAW
Rami G. Khouri
The Supreme Court's recent decision could prove consequential in the years ahead, as the political battle between Israelis and Palestinians continues to find its way into American courts. READ MORE
THE BROTHERHOOD'S CHANGING APPROACH
Abdelrahman Youssef
The Brotherhood’s youth wing is pushing the group toward confrontation with the Egyptian state. READ MORE
IRAN'S STAKES IN SYRIA'S ECONOMY
Salam al-Saadi
Although political considerations are the main drivers of Iran’s policy toward Syria, economic interests are playing an ever greater role. READ MORE
THE SPIRIT LIVES, IN GDANSK AND BEIRUT
Rami G. Khouri
Remembering the life and work of the late Samir Kassir, who was assassinated ten years ago in Beirut. READ MORE
HAMAS'S ISLAMIC STATE WOES
Benedetta Berti
The rise of the latest manifestation of the Salafi-jihadi camp in Gaza is politically worrying for Hamas. READ MORE
ISIS ATTRACTS BECAUSE ARAB SYSTEMS REPEL
Rami G. Khouri
Along with strong military actions, the Arab world must take parallel political steps to defeat ISIS. READ MORE
A NEW ROLE FOR THE UN IN WESTERN SAHARA
Jacques Roussellier
In the absence of open dialogue on the Western Sahara issue, the United Nations is pursuing a middle-of-the-road approach to accommodate the demands of both Morocco and the Polisario. READ MORE
IS JOINT MILITARISM REALLY THE ANSWER?
Rami G. Khouri
This is the moment to ponder whether excessive reliance on militarism as a response to political and ideological disagreements is in fact the appropriate solution, or actually one of the causes of the problems we face. READ MORE
THE MOROCCAN LEFT'S DILEMMA
Imad Stitou
Although the Moroccan far left recognizes that boycotting elections will marginalize them further, their anticipated participation is unlikely to secure them any gains. READ MORE
ATTACK ISIS' DRIVERS TO DEFEAT IT
Rami G. Khouri
It’s not the war against ISIS that is “long,” it’s rather the conditions of inequity, oppression, imperial reach, state violence, and mass deprivation that have gone on for so long that they have finally erupted in the form of the terrible revenge called ISIS. READ MORE
GULF COUNTRIES SHAPE A NEW POLITICAL ORDER
Tarek Osman
With its financial leverage and soft power, the Gulf has become an important orchestrator of the pace and direction of change in the Arab world. READ MORE
NARROW ETHNO-NATIONALISM PLAGUES ALL IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Rami G. Khouri
The Middle East continues shifting toward increasingly narrow state identities and government policies that are defined by a combination of narrow ethnicity, increased militarism and religious conservatism. READ MORE
POSTCARD FROM IRAN
Ann M. Lesch
Iranians are hopeful for a finalized agreement between Iran and the United States that will renew relations between the two countries. READ MORE
EGYPT, 1984
Laila El Baradei
Today's Egypt looks troublingly similar to Orwell's dystopia. READ MORE
VULNERABLE, ABUSED CITIZENS LEAD TO UNSTABLE STATES
Rami G. Khouri
Arab societies are brittle, volatile, violent and fragmenting in many cases because there is no effective check on the exercise of power by indigenous or external powers, which leaves average Arab citizen totally exposed and helpless. READ MORE
GRASP THIS WINDOW TO HOLD KILLERS ACCOUNTABLE
Rami G. Khouri
A UN report that addresses the actions of Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza war is an opportunity to dare to move towards holding chronic killers accountable. READ MORE
THE RISE OF IRAQ'S MILITIA STATE
Kirk H. Sowell
Amid the fight against the Islamic State, Iraq is witnessing another struggle for power between Abadi’s nationalist Shia factions and Iranian-backed militias. READ MORE
THREATS AND RESPONSES IN THE GCC'S NEW MILITANCY
Rami G. Khouri
Will the GCC’s new militarism respond to the long list of perceived troubling regional threats as well as it already responds to the GCC’s need to safeguard its own national interests? READ MORE
A STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF ISLAM
Tarek Osman
In the post-revolution MidEast, Islam isn't only a refuge in a world in which all ideologies and systems have been crumbling, it's also a powerful cause to be defended. READ MORE
OUR HOMEMADE WEAPONS OF OUR OWN MASS DESTRUCTION
Rami G. Khouri
Wildly flashing red lights telling us to stop building one-way highways to hell for tens of millions of our children who are denied the most important opportunity of their lives. READ MORE
JUDICIAL REFORMS IN TUNISIA
Sarah Mersch
Long-needed reforms to Tunisia’s judiciary may soon emerge, but structural reforms are just one of the many daunting tasks ahead of the branch. READ MORE
A QUESTION ABOUT POLICY IN YEMEN
Rami G. Khouri
America’s top officials seem comfortable continuing an approach in Yemen even though in the same breath they acknowledge its dangerous consequences for the Arab world. READ MORE
IRAN ACCORD COULD SPARK MOMENTOUS REGIONAL CHANGES
Rami G. Khouri
The consummation of a full, multi-decade agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is likely to have monumental consequences across the entire Middle East. READ MORE
RARE COURAGE, RESPECT, RECIPROCITY DROVE IRAN DEAL
Rami G. Khouri
The agreed deal on Iran’s nuclear program that was reached Thursday represents a monumental achievement that affirms the power of reason and diplomacy over the ravages of fear and warfare. READ MORE
KEEPING EGYPT'S LIGHTS ON
Alfred Jasins, Brendan Meighan
To address the country’s growing energy needs, the government is granting the private sector a leading role. READ MORE
YEMEN'S WAR IS DEBATABLE, BUT PROBABLY HISTORIC
Rami G. Khouri
Simultaneous adjustments at national, regional and global levels have been taking place across the Middle East region since the end of the Cold War. The Saudi-Yemen situation is important because it captures developments at all three levels. READ MORE
CITY OF LIES
Holly Dagres
A study of love, sex, and death in Tehran READ MORE
WORLD ORDER
Tarek Osman
Circling the globe with Henry Kissinger READ MORE
NOBLE JEWS AND BLOODTHIRSTY ARABS
Matthew Berkman
A dehumanizing portrait of Palestinians from an Israeli LiberalREAD MORE
ON THE STATE OF NATURE
Graham Harman
Hobbes saw life as nasty and brutish, while Rousseau argued humans lack inherent differences in power and strength. A better framework for understanding division in modern politics: Truth Politics versus Power Politics. READ MORE
CONSTITUTIONAL STORIES
Aaron Mills
Why are Canadians so ambivalent about the living conditions imposed on the country’s indigenous peoples, whose political communities survive despite being colonized and disempowered? A report from Turtle Island. READ MORE
#BLACKLIVESMATTER
Reverend Charles Williams II
Conservative backlash against Barack Obama and continuing police brutality against blacks indicates the country's legacy of slavery has not been overcome. READ MORE
BRAM FISCHER'S LEGACY
Sir Nicholas Stadlen
Nelson Mandela’s leadership steered South Africa to the end of apartheid rule. But the remarkable rapprochement between the races can be traced to Mandela’s friendship with an Afrikaner Nationalist who helped save the country. READ MORE
AFTER THE FALL OF SAIGON
Ngo Vinh Long
The Vietnam War lasted twenty years and cost the lives of more than two million Vietnamese and 58,000 U.S. troops. In the forty years since the Communist victory and American defeat, a surprising friendship has followed. READ MORE
THE UNITED STATES AND PALESTINE
Rashid Khalidi
Despite direct and continuous American diplomacy for decades, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has raged on and on. A Middle East scholar deconstructs seven decades of failed American policy. READ MORE
AMERICA'S MIDDLE EAST CHALLENGE
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Mehrdad Saberi
Washington’s foreign policy rests on shaky ground due to longstanding mistrust by Arabs and Iranians alike. To ease tensions and fight terrorism, the United States should support a new order based on cooperation among regional powers. READ MORE
EGYPT'S LEADERLESS REVOLUTION
David Ottaway, Marina Ottaway
The January 25 Tahrir Square uprising raised high hopes for change after years of dictatorship. But the failure of revolutionaries to organize and unite doomed the prospects for democracy. READ MORE
ARAB PEACEMAKER
Cairo Review
Lakhdar Brahimi is the Middle East’s elder statesman. He speaks about the impact of colonialism, the rise of political Islam, and his life as a United Nations diplomat. READ MORE
MEDIA POLICY AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Nabil Fahmy
Discussing “freedom of expression” in the same conversation with “media policy” may imply that they are mutually exclusive concepts, but that is a false premise. READ MORE
ORIENTAL HALL, ETC.
Owain Richards
Happenings, speakers, and events at the American University in Cairo. READ MORE
SCHOOLING EGYPT
Sarah El-Shaarawi
The country faces an education crisis of what may well be historic proportions. READ MORE
FOUR ACTIVE ARAB WARS STEM FROM A COMMON MALAISE
Rami G. Khouri
Yemen is not really about the legally authorized use of force to ensure a calm Arab future. Rather, it is mainly a testament to the marginalization of the rule of law in many Arab countries in our recent past. READ MORE
THE ISLAMIC STATE'S STRATEGY IN LIBYA
Kevin Casey, Stacey Pollard
Lacking close ties to Libyan social groups, the Islamic State’s strategy focuses on accelerating state collapse rather than acquiring territory. READ MORE
THE UNITED STATES SHOULD NOW RESPOND TO THE ARAB PEACE PLAN
Rami G. Khouri
The Obama administration is doing something that no other American administration has ever dared to do, which is to confront and challenge Israel in public on the core issue in the Arab-Israeli conflict. READ MORE
ONE ARENA AND TWO PLAYERS
Rami G. Khouri
After a strong victory by Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and a consolidation of rightwing sentiments, Israeli-American relations is the critical arena, and the European and Palestinian leaderships are the two pivotal actors to watch. READ MORE
WHAT'S NEXT FOR NETANYAHU?
Lisa Goldman
Recent Israeli elections may spell victory for the prime minister, but his pre-election moves could create challenges for his government. READ MORE
FOUR MIDDLE EAST CITIES TODAY MIGHT DEFINE OUR FATE
Rami G. Khouri
The fate of this region remains in the hands of its people. How current events in Tikrit, Cairo, Tel Aviv and Tehran play themselves out will shape our fate for generations to come. READ MORE
THE CHALLENGES OF MOBILIZING SUNNI TRIBES IN IRAQ
Raed El-Hamed
If Iraqi parties cannot agree on a unified vision for the National Guard, options will remain limited for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State. READ MORE
SYRIA REFLECTS WIDER, OLDER ARAB TROUBLES
Rami G. Khouri
The Middle East is likely to endure many years of dislocation and violence until local authorities re-establish order that is based on a more credible social contract among citizens who feel they belong to a state. READ MORE
DRAMA BECOMES FARCE IN U.S.-ISRAELI TIES
Rami G. Khouri
Netanyahu just tore up the rulebook, and nobody is quite sure what will happen next in U.S.-Israeli relations. An unsanctioned, thriving Iran that is not a nuclear threat would force a new balance of power in the Middle East. READ MORE
SISI'S PARLIAMENTARY FEARS
Mohamed El-Shewy
Driven by its distrust of organized political groups, Sisi’s regime has gone to considerable lengths to depoliticize the parliament and the country’s new “political” elite. READ MORE
ANOTHER BLOW TO THE FARCICAL 'PEACE PROCESS'
Rami G. Khouri
All concerned should be braced for some bad things to happen in the arenas of security, political rhetoric, administration, finances and economy, and physical and psychological well-being of citizenries on both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict. READ MORE
NETANYAHU'S GRAND SPEECH, TO UNCERTAIN EFFECT
Owen Alterman
The Israeli Prime Minister's speech to the United States Congress stole the show in American media, but it will likely have little impact on policy or Israeli elections. READ MORE
THE BATTLE FORCES AGAINST ISIS REMAIN INCOMPLETE
Rami G. Khouri
If ISIS and other such movements are to be defeated, we need to see tangible signs of change in the way Arab societies are governed. READ MORE
THE EGYPTIAN POPE'S RISKY PARTISANSHIP
Johannes A. Makar
Pope Tawadros II, the main political voice of the Coptic community, has seemingly allied with President Sisi, but this comes at the expense of defending Coptic rights. READ MORE
A MILESTONE IN UNITED STATES-ISRAEL RELATIONS
Rami G. Khouri
The fact that we now see strong, public criticisms of Netanyahu from the belly of the Israel-loving beast that is the U.S. Congress suggests that a significant political and historical marker has been passed. READ MORE
KURDS' ELECTORAL GAMBLE
Mustafa Gurbuz
Kurds will benefit from the HDP’s decision to run as a party in Turkey’s parliamentary elections, but the party will bear most of the risk. READ MORE
SISI'S JOINT ARAB MILITARY IDEA IS STUNNINGLY IDIOTIC
Rami G. Khouri
The idea of joint Arab action for common security needs is a good one in principle, but given the legacy of Arab military actions at home and abroad, it makes no sense whatsoever, on many counts. READ MORE
HONESTY AND DISHONESTY IN FIGHTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM
Rami G. Khouri
Unusual for American senior officials speaking about the Middle East or Arab-Islamic dynamics, a case of refreshingly accurate, honest and relevant talk from a U.S. president. READ MORE
ONLY FOOLS CONFUSE RELIGION WITH CRIMINALITY
Rami G. Khouri
Declaring that Islam is at war with itself, or that we witness a battle for the soul and heart of Islam, is vulgar, reductionist and essentialist. READ MORE
AN INTERVIEW ON MOROCCAN SALAFI-JIHADISTS
Mohammed Hakiki
Mohammed Hakiki talks about Morocco's efforts to crack down on recruitment networks for ISIS in the country.READ MORE
REP. JOHN YARMUTH MATTERS AND DESERVES OUR RESPECT
Rami G. Khouri
The American representative will not be attending Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress. It's worth understanding his reasons. READ MORE
THE FIGHT FOR MOSUL: LEARNING FROM THE PAST
Renad Mansour
The Islamic State will only be ousted from Iraq’s second largest city if Sunni tribal forces join the fight. That will require rebuilding their trust in Baghdad. READ MORE
TUNISIA'S MAJORITY UNSTABLE GOVERNMENT
Sarah Mersch
Tunisia’s new coalition cabinet is hardly a beacon of stability, confronting ideological differences between four different parties. READ MORE
HOW TO INNOVATE ISLAMIC THINKING
Tarek Osman
The solution is for religious institutions to widen their scope of research, limit their scope of social supervision, and open their doors. READ MORE
YEMEN AND THE AGONY OF THE MODERN ARAB ERA
Rami G. Khouri
While Yemen is a telling lesson in how not to practice stable statehood, it also requires more urgent attention because it poses real and major danger to others in the region and the world. READ MORE
SAUDI TROUBLES IN SANAA
Khaled Fattah
To protect its security interests in the long term, Riyadh may have little choice but to engage with the Houthis. READ MORE
JORDAN TODAY REFLECTS ARAB STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
Rami G. Khouri
Jordan’s dilemma, which is on full display today, is that its strengths are also its weaknesses. READ MORE
TUNISIA, BAHRAIN, EGYPT OFFER REAL CHOICES
Rami G. Khouri
Tunisia, Bahrain and Egypt show us the options we face. I honor and choose Tunisia, as I suspect do most of the 360 million Arabs who can speak freely, if they are not in jail and have not had their citizenship revoked. READ MORE
A GENERATIONAL BATTLE AMONG BROTHERS
Mostafa Hashem
Youth members are now assuming a more active role in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, pushing the group to escalate its call for revolutionary action against President Sisi. READ MORE
AFTER KING ABDULLAH, CONTINUITY
Frederic Wehrey
Despite the speculations over the effects of Saudi succession, the kingdom’s foreign policies are likely to remain unchanged and have been remarkably consistent since the reign of King Fahad bin Abdul Aziz. READ MORE
REFLECTIONS OF A MEDIA CRITIC
Danny Schechter
The American political system is broken, and political journalism has played a part in that failure. READ MORE
EGYPT’S TWO-FACED POLICY ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Sherif Mansour
Egypt’s attempted reconciliation with the international community and securing of foreign support, investment, and aid are not possible as long as Egypt holds at least 12 journalists behind bars. READ MORE
SHOULD WE WELCOME, FEAR OR IGNORE THE QUARTET?
Rami G. Khouri
The Quartet was a good idea that initially aimed to expand the circle of major parties that lent their weight to achieving a negotiated peace. That never happened for several reasons. READ MORE
CHASING CHAOS: MY DECADE IN AND OUT OF HUMANITARIAN AID
Laila El Baradei
The not-so-humane aspect of humanitarian aidREAD MORE
THE TRUTH ABOUT LIBERALISM
Sophie McBain
Francis Fukuyama and the Dream of Democracy READ MORE
PUTIN THE SPOILER
Lilia Shevtsova
With his undeclared war on Ukraine, the Russian president destroyed the post-Cold War system of mutual security commitments. In a quest to sustain his power, “Mr. Nobody” has released forces that he cannot contain. READ MORE
FROM PINSTRIPES TO TWEETS
R. S. Zaharna
Gone are the days when diplomats could control messages crafted to influence foreign governments and citizens of other nations. Thanks to social media tools, publics are talking back—and to each other. Diplomacy will never be the same. READ MORE
HOLLYWOOD'S BAD ARABS
Jack G. Shaheen
For decades, American films and TV programs have vilified Arabs as villains and terrorists. Now a new generation of directors and producers is challenging racial, gender, and religious stereotypes—and making us laugh and think at the same time. READ MORE
TESTS FOR EGYPTIAN JOURNALISTS
Naomi Sakr
Despite hopes for greater press freedom after the 2011 uprising, Egypt today is one of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters. Battling censors and evading detention is all in a day’s work. READ MORE
WATCHDOGS UNLEASHED
Brant Houston
Investigative journalism seemed doomed when the collapse of the traditional business model saw newspapers cutting staff and even closing down. But digital technology is giving determined reporters new opportunities to dig up stories and publish them. READ MORE
DEATH OF THE NEWSROOM?
Christopher B. Daly
It’s commonplace to hear that the Internet is the end of great newspapers and broadcasters. Reflect on this: media empires were crumbling long before the World Wide Web came along. READ MORE
THE PROMISE OF DIGITAL
Dan Gillmor
People are getting their news on smartphones and laptops, increasingly via Twitter and Facebook. A requiem for serious journalism? A New Media guru explains why we should embrace the Online Age. READ MORE
HUFFINGTON’S WORLD
Cairo Review
Arianna Huffington revolutionized journalism with the Huffington Post. She speaks with Managing Editor Scott MacLeod about the future of digital media, taking HuffPost global, and the Charlie Hebdo killings. READ MORE
BARACK OBAMA'S LOST PROMISE
Magda Shahin
Without a more consistent and effective implementation of the policy, the promise of a better American relationship with the Muslim World will remain elusive.READ MORE
ORIENTAL HALL, ETC.
Rozina Ali, Owain Richards
Happenings, speakers, and events at the American University in Cairo. READ MORE
CANDYGIRL
Jonathan Guyer, Sarah El-Shaarawi
Mohamed Tawfik is the Egyptian ambassador to the United States. Literature, as much as diplomacy, is Tawfik’s passion. READ MORE
A BETTER CITIZEN
Rozina Ali
Mahmoud El-Gamal will be forever nostalgic about his days as an economics undergraduate at the American University in Cairo. In July, he became the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. READ MORE
THE CHARLIE HEBDO DILEMMA AND ISLAMIC INSTITUTIONS
Tarek Osman
In the vagueness of their response, Islamic leaders are missing an opportunity to lead the global conversation. READ MORE
PROBLEMS IN PARIS AND KHARTOUM
Rami G. Khouri
A bad week in the continuing saga of an Arab world in search for decency, democracy and development, which remain elusive despite the proven thirst for these things across the region. READ MORE
EGYPT-GULF TIES AND A CHANGING BALANCE OF REGIONAL SECURITY
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
In the volatile post-Arab Spring landscape, Gulf Cooperation Council states have sought to influence developments in Egypt through aid and diplomacy. READ MORE
PROTESTS CAUSE AMERICANS TO TAKE NOTICE
Rami G. Khouri
When normal life and the economy are disrupted briefly, America takes notice. The status quo seems to endanger young black men in the first instance, but many other Americans sense they could be losers also.READ MORE
TIME FOR SERIOUS PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP
Rami G. Khouri
Serious issues of national fate require serious leadership, and Abbas does not fit that bill any longer. READ MORE
A MOMENT TO RECALL THE CORROSION THAT THREATENS EGYPT
Rami G. Khouri
The Al-Jazeera journalists must be freed, but so also must the Egyptian and Arab people be freed from the crippling, deadly grip of military rule. READ MORE
WHAT TO WATCH FOR AT THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL
Rami G. Khouri
An important debate will soon take place at the UN Security Council on draft resolutions to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We should pay attention. READ MORE
THE ANGELS AND DEVILS OF OUR LAST FOUR YEARS
Rami G. Khouri
We know today about both our angels and our devils, and they will battle for our souls for some years to come. We have become normal countries, in the early years of our painful birth. READ MORE
THE CASE AGAINST AN ALLIANCE WITH ASSAD
Heiko Wimmen
Realpolitik, rather than ethics, provides the most powerful arguments against the growing calls to forge a deal with the Syrian regime. READ MORE
IMPERIAL CRIMES IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Rami G. Khouri
Is the United States the shining republic, or just another banana republic? Is this a moment of pride or shame for Americans? Right now, it seems to be a bit of both, but how it emerges in the longer term remains to be seen. READ MORE
MORE SIMPLISTIC NONSENSE FROM THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
Rami G. Khouri
Until Arab, Western and other foreign rulers accept that their policies were the main underlying reason that allowed ISIS and other such movements to come into being, statements such as John Kerry’s this week will only meet with ridicule and disbelief. READ MORE
THE UNIVERSAL HORRORS OF KILLING WITH IMPUNITY
Rami G. Khouri
The United States reminds us now that killing with impunity is a terrible crime and a national failure, wherever it happens — Ferguson, New York City, the occupied Palestinian territories or elsewhere. READ MORE
EGYPT IS SAD, BUT STILL HARD TO READ
Rami G. Khouri
The acquittal of former President Hosni Mubarak last weekend marks a symbolic nail in the coffin of the uprising and revolution that overthrew his government in February 2011. It is tempting but reckless to make definitive judgments about the meaning of the extraordinary stages of Egyptian political life since then.READ MORE
OBAMA’S DANGEROUS EMBRACE OF WAR
Rami G. Khouri
Ignoring the US public’s sentiments, presidents continue to use the country’s enormous capabilities to wage war around the world at will — usually create more havoc and generating new dangers that did not exist previously.READ MORE
IMAGINING A NEW ARAB ORDER
Tarek Osman
The Arab World is witnessing ideological, sectarian, and ethnic conflicts. A new Arab order will emerge out of these ruins, but it will take time. READ MORE
IMPORTANT LESSONS FROM THE IRAN NEGOTIATIONS
Rami G. Khouri
Decisive yet sensible leadership among those involved in the talks has been able to triumph over extremist ideological positions of domestic foes, and scare tactics of perturbed foreign parties like Israel and Saudi Arabia. READ MORE
ONLY ACTIVE CITIZENS CAN SAVE THEIR PRECARIOUS STATES
Rami G. Khouri
The precarious status of half a dozen countries, which run the risk of collapsing or fragmenting into smaller units, is a defining issue of the Arab world today. READ MORE
IS JERUSALEM THE LAST BATTLE?
Rami G. Khouri
Living in a political vacuum, Palestinians in Jerusalem have only themselves to rely on to defend their lands and rights, and in cases of extreme threats and violence used against them, they resort to violence such as we are witnessing these days. READ MORE
IMPRESSIVE CITIZENSHIP IN PROFESSOR HORN’S CLASS IN BOSTON
Rami G. Khouri
Public officials in the United States who seek sensible advise on how to govern should attend a few sessions of Professor Denise Horn’s introductory class on International Affairs and Globalization at Northeastern University in Boston. READ MORE
BROTHERLY LOVE IN THE GCC
Suliman Al-Atiqi
Renewed high-level diplomatic activity between Qatar and Saudi Arabia may end their historic row as the GCC seeks policy alignment, particularly on security issues. READ MORE
PRESIDENT RIVLIN’S IMPORTANT, INTRIGUING GESTURE
Rami G. Khouri
One of the few times in recent memory that a senior Israeli official makes a personal gesture that touches the core of Palestinian pain. READ MORE
HOUTHIS ON THE RISE IN YEMEN
Mareike Transfeld
Although the Houthis are well-poised to acquire new territories and increase their influence within Yemen, neither development will bring about peace or prosperity for the country. READ MORE
EGYPT FOLLOWS U.S. AND ISRAELI FAILED STRATEGIES
Rami G. Khouri
When heavy-handed anti-terror actions demean, kill, injure or ruin the lives of civilians, some of these civilians end up joining the militant groups, simply to exact revenge against those who attacked them. READ MORE
PRESIDENT AL-SISI'S WORLDVIEW
Marc J. Sievers
A former senior official at the U.S. embassy in Cairo describes how Al-Sisi's background is shaping his approach to domestic politics, counterterrorism, Israel, and other issues. READ MORE
THE CHALLENGES OF REBUILDING GAZA
Mohammed Samhouri
Gaza cannot be rebuilt in a political vacuum; and conditions alone placed on international funding of Gaza’s reconstruction are not likely to work. READ MORE
THE RULE OF LAW TRIUMPHS — SORT OF — IN THE USA
Rami G. Khouri
Punishing a few hired gunmen while ignoring the responsibility of the political leadership of the United States and Great Britain that waged this criminal war in Iraq in the name of their entire nations is a gross abdication of responsibility. READ MORE
EGYPT’S 1984
Sharif Abdel Kouddous
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s steps to quash dissent exceed the Mubarak era’s in scope and intensity. READ MORE
ISIS IS THE LATEST OF MANY DIFFERENT ISLAMISMS
Rami G. Khouri
ISIS, like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Hamas, Gamaa Islamiya, non-violent Salafists, militant Salafist-Takfiris, Al-Qaeda and others before it, is a symptom of, and a reaction to, deeper ailments in Middle Eastern society. READ MORE
THE MIDEAST: MORE EXPLOSIVE THAN EVER
Tarek Osman
The Middle East’s strategic landscape has been changing at a rapid pace. Two recent events are noteworthy. READ MORE
NEW HARE-BRAINED AMERICAN IDEAS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Rami G. Khouri
Why does the United States repeatedly discard the relevance of human nature and history when it unleashes its guns and goes into action around the world? READ MORE
WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR ALGERIA?
Sada Debates
Algeria’s future is filled with confusion and concern. Four experts on Algeria take an in-depth look at the changes to come. READ MORE
REFUGEES THEMSELVES CAN CRACK THIS TOUGH NUT
Rami G. Khouri
An ICG report, “Bringing Back the Palestinian Refugee Question,” is a timely and convincing reminder of why the Palestinian refugees must be central actors in the quest for a negotiated resolution of their conflict with Israel. READ MORE
IN VIENNA, U.S. AND IRAN WORKING TO BEAT THE CLOCK
Reza Marashi
Thousands of miles away from the spin factories in Washington and Tehran, negotiators are working diligently to seal the deal. To hear the Europeans tell it, a deal is within reach. READ MORE
IMAGES FROM A LAND AT WAR
Robert Nickelsberg
“Face to face with the fragility of the human condition”—a portfolio of a veteran photojournalist’s work in Afghanistan spanning twenty-five years. READ MORE
THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE UNLEASHING THE MILITARY
Rami G. Khouri
If any foreign power asked about the legitimacy, the efficacy, and the consequences of its military involvement in other countries before actually launching such militarism, it might be possible to minimize the negative consequences that we have experienced in the Middle East in recent decades. READ MORE
MAHER-AFFLECK DEBATE: AN ISLAMIC VIEW
Tarek Osman
Bill Maher’s assertion that Islam inspires conflict is wrong. But Ben Affleck’s impassioned defense—that most Muslims just want to live peaceful lives—also ignores the fact that today the Islamic world is extremely violent. READ MORE
TUNISIA’S UNCERTAIN ELECTIONS
Sarah Mersch
Talk of Tunisia’s elections has focused on parties and individuals, not issues, leaving many citizens unsure for whom to vote. READ MORE
HOW TO ASSESS FRAGMENTING ARAB STATES
Rami G. Khouri
Seven issues gauge the real power and longevity of non-state actors, alongside the dilution of state authority. These seven are Identity, Sovereignty, Territoriality, Service-delivery, Legitimacy, Nationality, and Statehood. READ MORE
TIMELINE: AFGHANISTAN SINCE 1700
Fritz Lodge
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TEXTS: THE UNITED STATES IN AFGHANISTAN
Rozina Ali
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DESPERATE NETANYAHU STICKS TO OLD LIES
Rami G. Khouri
The repeated mistake Netanyahu makes—or perhaps it is a deliberate lie—is to see any movement or rhetoric in the Middle East that references Islamic values as a dangerous threat.READ MORE
PALESTINE’S MORAL FORCE NEEDS DIPLOMATIC POWER
Rami G. Khouri
Abbas is making decisions on his own without consulting widely among all Palestinians, and he is using the ICC as a threat, when it should be a central component in any Palestinian strategy that seeks to hold Israel accountable to the international rule of law. READ MORE
AN ARAB REVOLUTION, BORN FROM RUINS
Tarek Osman
At a private gathering last week, the Middle East editor at one of the world’s leading newspapers described the Arab world as “a comprehensive mess.” Is it? READ MORE
THE SON ALSO RISES: SURNAMES AND THE HISTORY OF SOCIAL MOBILITY
Sophie McBain
Questioning how to measure social mobilityREAD MORE
THE TRUE AMERICAN: MURDER AND MERCY IN TEXAS
Matthew Duss
The 9/11 tale of an American vigilante and his Bangladeshi immigrant victimREAD MORE
AMONG THE RUINS: SYRIA PAST AND PRESENT
Frederick Deknatel
Touring the ruins of SyriaREAD MORE
TRAY OF CANDIES
Qais Akbar Omar
Kabul Memoir: An Afghan writer recalls family disagreements, and a wise patriarch’s way of settling them. READ MORE
ROAD TO GANDAMAK
William Dalrymple
“Not one benefit, political or military, has been acquired with this war.” That was G.R. Gleig, writing in 1843 about the British retreat from Afghanistan. While the West may have forgotten the Afghan hatred of foreign rule, Afghans have not. READ MORE
NEW THREAT TO AFGHAN WOMEN
Manizha Naderi
Afghanistan has recorded tremendous progress in women’s rights. The world must understand how this achievement is an essential component of the rule of law and advance to democracy. READ MORE
COMPROMISE IN KABUL
Thomas Barfield
Ashraf Ghani became the new president of Afghanistan in a power-sharing deal that followed a contested election. Can he now address poor governance, corruption and the Taliban insurgency? READ MORE
FOREIGN POLICY MESS
Cairo Review
Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, is a harsh critic of the Bush administration he served from 2001 to 2005. The retired U.S. army colonel discusses the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the end of the American Empire. READ MORE
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Laila El Baradei
I have to wonder if we Egyptians are traveling backwards in a time capsule. Lately, we seem to have arrived in the 1960s. READ MORE
ORIENTAL HALL, ETC.
Rozina Ali, Aaron T. Rose
Happenings, speakers, and events at the American University in Cairo. READ MORE
THE MAN BEHIND "UNMANNED"
Robert Greenwald
A Hollywood director tells how he tracked down an American drone pilot and Pakistani victims of drone strikes to make the powerful documentary film Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars.READ MORE
CREATING OR EVADING THE GATES OF HELL?
Rami G. Khouri
Three principal developments in and around the Arab world: The combined American-Arab Gulf states air strikes in Syria, the control of the Yemeni capital by Houthi rebels, and the meeting in New York between the Saudi Arabian and Iranian foreign ministers. READ MORE
HOW TO DEFEAT ISIS
Tarek Osman
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is the first jihadist group to control a major area at the heart of the Islamic and Arab world. But the group’s real novelty and peril lie elsewhere: in the sophistication of its operations. READ MORE
LIBERTY AND SECURITY IN TUNISIA
Omar Belhaj Salah
The increased role of Tunisia’s security apparatus is generating fears of a potential return of the police state. READ MORE
PRESIDENT EL-SISI FACES THE WORLD
Nabil Fahmy
I invite President El-Sisi to deliver a historic speech in front of the United Nations General Assembly appropriate for the magnitude of the challenges and the occasion—and Egyptian prestige. READ MORE
THE WAR ABOUT THE WAR
Mark Perry
Israel’s public strategy has come in for widespread scrutiny, both during and after Operation Protective Edge. After Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire, the criticism continued to mount. READ MORE
REACTIONARY SATIRE IN AN EGYPTIAN ZOMBIE FLICK
Meir R. Walters
A recent zombie film illustrates how such pro-regime messaging is making its way into commercial entertainment; it satirizes Islamists and leftists and glorifies the military. READ MORE
TURKS AND ARABS
Tarek Osman
The eastern Mediterranean, the region that separates Turkey from North Africa and the Gulf, is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. READ MORE
POLARIZATION AND SOLIDARITY COEXIST IN ARAB SOCIETIES
Rami G. Khouri
Why is it that otherwise rational men and women cannot sit down together and hammer out agreements on fair power-sharing, representation, decision-making, and accountability?​READ MORE
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES IN THE PALESTINIAN INITIATIVE
Rami G. Khouri
Abbas is behaving more like a parent who promises his or her children a birthday surprise than a responsible leader who has been handed responsibility for the fate of some eight million Palestinians entering their fourth generation of exile, occupation and refugeehood. READ MORE
PANIC OR A COMING OF AGE IN THE GULF?
Rami G. Khouri
The UAE air attack in Libya clarifies a major shift underway in the worldviews and self-perceived roles of leading Arab states, who now throw their weight around the Middle East in a direct manner they never did previously.READ MORE
THE RIDDLE OF CITIZEN VIEWS ON ARAB STATEHOOD
Rami G. Khouri
Citizens will rebel against their central state if they do not feel that their needs are being met equitably, or that they are being mistreated by the government and its military forces. READ MORE
MUBARAK’S LAST WORD
Tarek Osman
The real value of Mubarak's trial lies in the debate it has unleashed among Egyptians—especially young Egyptians—concerning their attitude toward authority.READ MORE
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