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  • The Crown Center and the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy partner to enhance policy-relevant knowledge of the Middle East
    The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University and the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution are delighted to announce a joint outreach project, commencing this September in Washington, DC. Funded by the Maxine a…
    - 8 days ago 9 Aug 18, 1:00pm -
  • Trump wants a bigger, better deal with Iran. What does Tehran want?
    This is the way the most significant instrument of U.S.-Iran diplomacy in 40 years ends: not with a bang, but with a whimper. In accordance with President Donald Trump’s May decision to walk away from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the administration…
    - 9 days ago 8 Aug 18, 5:08pm -
  • The state of African security: No longer all about bad news
            
    - 11 days ago 6 Aug 18, 6:46pm -
  • The U.S. “yellow light” in Yemen
    The United States continues to tacitly support Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’s military campaign in Yemen even as the country implodes, Iran’s influence grows and U.S. allies sink into the quagmire. The United States calculated that…
    - 14 days ago 3 Aug 18, 3:27pm -
  • What does an empowered Saudi woman look like?
    The most challenging, and potentially most transformative, part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s bold ambitions for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is his agenda for “restoring” (he rejects the term “reinterpreting”) Islam. The young crown…
    - 15 days ago 2 Aug 18, 6:33pm -
  • The summer of Israel’s contentment
    July 22 was the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av. Tisha b’Av, as the day is called in Hebrew, is the day that marks the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. It is the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, and observant Jews…
    - 18 days ago 30 Jul 18, 5:29pm -
  • Female labor force participation is about more than economics
    In rural Jordan, close to the Dead Sea, I saw men gathered at the door of the garment factory where their daughters, sisters, and wives worked. I thought it was a daily routine where male “protectors” pick up their “vulnerable” female family…
    - 22 days ago 26 Jul 18, 3:25pm -

Wilson Center

  • The Next Banking Crisis Will Not Be in the Middle East
    A budding financial crisis perpetually loiters around the modern global economy. Crises in banking sectors — a subset (and often a harbinger) of a broader financial crisis — have shocked developing and advanced countries alike for…
    - 17 days ago 31 Jul 18, 4:58pm -
  • The Annual Haleh Esfandiari Forum: Protecting America's Global Leadership, with Senator Chris Van Hollen
    The Middle East Program invites you to the annual Haleh Esfandiari Forum on the Middle East with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), who will discuss the topic of protecting America's global leadership in a conversation with Wi…
    - 46 days ago 3 Jul 18, 1:58am -
  • An Israeli Perspective on Russia’s Role in the Middle East
    In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Major General (Res.) Amos Gilead discusses how Russia has positioned itself as a major player in Syria and about its ambitions in the greater Middle East region. He also explains the current stat…
    - 50 days ago 28 Jun 18, 5:32pm -
  • A Ray of Hope in Afghanistan
    The last few days have produced a series of uplifting, heartwarming scenes in Afghanistan—not a nation where such adjectives are typically applied.Over the course of a three-day truce declared by the Taliban to mark the Eid holida…
    - 59 days ago 19 Jun 18, 3:38pm -
  • The House of Islam: A Global History
    A fascinating and revelatory exploration of the intricacies of Islam and the inner psyche of the Muslim world from the bestselling author of The Islamist 'Not just timely but important too. Ed Husain does not just set out the fundame…
    - 59 days ago 19 Jun 18, 1:02pm -
  • Book Launch: The House of Islam: A Global History
    Please join us for a look inside The House of Islam, a revelatory exploration of the intricacies of Islam and the inner psyche of the Muslim world, from the bestselling author of The Islamist, Ed Husain: Directions: …
    - 63 days ago 15 Jun 18, 3:48pm -
  • The Middle East: A Region in Chaos?
    Last December, the Wilson Center and the U.S. Institute of Peace co-sponsored an event on turmoil across the Middle East with four experienced analysts and practitioners. We agreed to gather again a half-year later to review our obse…
    - 71 days ago 7 Jun 18, 5:26pm -

Washington Institute

  • Women, Minorities, and Military Aid to Egypt
    Last August, former secretary of state Rex Tillerson withheld $195 million in Foreign Military Financing from Egypt—or 15 percent of the country’s $1.3 billion in total U.S. military aid—citing concerns over its political and human rights tr…
    - 8 days ago 9 Aug 18, 2:17pm -
  • What Would Happen If Russia Flipped Egypt?
    Despite the constant media scrutiny of President Trump’s foreign policy, experts say that the U.S. relationship with Egypt has been overlooked. This is particularly concerning given the strengthening ties between Cairo and Moscow. Anna Borshchev…
    - 52 days ago 26 Jun 18, 7:03pm -
  • Could Russia Flip Egypt?
    In August 2017, American and Egyptian forces resumed Operation Bright Star, a biennial military exercise intended to showcase both the political alliance between Washington and Cairo and their tight military relations. This capped a new honeymoon…
    - 57 days ago 21 Jun 18, 8:22pm -
  • While Mo Salah Sleeps in Grozny
    It’s no secret that Vladimir Putin uses prestige sporting events to bolster Russia’s image at home and abroad. Look no further than the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014. But by hosting the FIFA World Cup this year, Putin is playing a more subtle ge…
    - 66 days ago 12 Jun 18, 1:28pm -
  • Book Review: The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973
    Conventional wisdom holds that the U.S. policy of detente restrained the Soviet Union in the Middle East, including in Egypt. This perspective also holds that Egyptian president Anwar Sadat’s expulsion of thousands of Soviet military advisors in…
    - 77 days ago 1 Jun 18, 9:37pm -
  • Israel's Sinai Dilemma
    In a February article for the New York Times, David Kirkpatrick wrote that Israel has conducted strikes against Islamic State elements in the Sinai no less than a hundred times since 2015. The story describes how jihadist forces operating in the p…
    - 23 Apr 18, 5:47pm -
  • Sisi's Reelection and Egypt's Next Political Establishment
    On April 2, the Egyptian election commission declared that President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi had won a second term with 97 percent of the vote. During his first term, he focused on suffocating the political environment and sidelining his opponents, s…
    - 2 Apr 18, 9:14pm -
  • Beyond Security: Steps Toward Warmer Egypt-Israel Relations
    Nearly four decades after Egypt and Israel signed their peace treaty, security cooperation between the former foes is arguably stronger than ever. Limited economic cooperation also prevails through Qualifying Industrial Zones, areas in which Egypt…
    - 29 Mar 18, 8:16pm -
  • It's a 'Cold Peace' with Israel; Egypt Prohibits Full Normalization
    On March 26, 1979, under the auspices of the United States, Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty. But the bilateral relationship has been characterized as a "cold peace." For the nearly four decades since, the two countries have exchanged ambass…
    - 25 Mar 18, 1:33pm -
  • How True Is 'The Crown' on The Suez Cover-Up?
    As 2017 turned into 2018, the entertainment press in America and Britain suddenly began to run articles explaining the Suez crisis of 1956. "Where is the Suez Canal?" asked a headline in the British tabloid Daily Express, and "Why did Britain Go t…
    - 1 Mar 18, 4:47pm -
  • Easing the Minds of Egyptian Generals Is Key to Continued Cooperation with Israel
    Cooperation between Israel and Egypt has increased to a high level in recent years, evidenced by recent reports on military coordination in Sinai. Yet this somewhat secret alliance has not been easy for some Egyptian generals to reconcile, given t…
    - 24 Feb 18, 1:41pm -
  • Foreign Fighters in Libya: Consequences for Africa and Europe
    On February 16, Aaron Zelin and Michael Franken addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute as part of the long-running Stein Counterterrorism Lecture Series. Zelin is the Richard Borow Fellow at the Institute and author of its rece…
    - 21 Feb 18, 8:18pm -
  • President Trump, Condemn This Sham Egyptian Election
    Four years after a bloody coup ended Egypt's difficult transition to democracy, the most populous country in the Arab world is heading toward its fourth presidential vote. The Trump administration should call this exercise what it is: a sham and d…
    - 5 Feb 18, 4:48pm -
  • New Palestinian and Egyptian Designations Highlight Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood
    Speaking at the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, State Department Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan Sales announced on January 31 that Washington has placed new terrorist designations on Palestinian a…
    - 31 Jan 18, 5:47pm -
  • Civil Society on Trial in Egypt: Revisiting the NGO Workers Case
    More than four years after the conviction of forty-three Egyptian and foreign NGO workers, the affair remains an irritant for U.S.-Egypt relations. For many in Washington, the felony convictions of all seventeen Americans tried—including the son…
    - 30 Jan 18, 2:42pm -
  • How Can Saudi Arabia and Egypt Help Confront Toxic Ideologies?
    On January 18, Joseph Braude and Samuel Tadros addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Braude is an advisor to Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Tadros is a senior fe…
    - 22 Jan 18, 8:48pm -
  • Israel's Gas Disappointment
    The development of Israel's offshore natural gas resources, once seen as a wonderful economic blessing, has slowed to a painful crawl in recent months. On December 13, the government announced that it was awarding licenses for just six of the twen…
    - 21 Dec 17, 3:18pm -
  • Beyond Islamists and Autocrats:
    The optimism that briefly followed the 2010-11 Arab Spring has long since faded, with a string of political crises, internal crackdowns, and wars casting a long shadow over the prospects for true democratization. The formidable threats posed by Ir…
    - 27 Nov 17, 9:52pm -
  • How Egypt Can Help Hamas and Fatah Implement Their New Deal
    On October 12, the Fatah movement and Hamas reached a new set of understandings in Cairo, with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas describing them as a "final agreement to end disunity." While the deal may help stabilize and bring some h…
    - 18 Oct 17, 8:01pm -
  • Egyptians Surprisingly Open to Key Trump Policies, New Poll Shows
    As President Trump rolls out his plan for confronting Iran, a credible new poll in Egypt reveals that this posture enjoys a remarkable degree of public support in the most populous Arab country. A mere 1% of Egyptians rate Iran's regional policies…
    - 12 Oct 17, 7:33pm -
  • Cairo Bombing Exposes the Muslim Brotherhood's Jihadist Tilt
    Hasm, an Egyptian militant group aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has claimed responsibility for the September 30 bombing at the embassy of Myanmar in Cairo. While no one was injured, the attack indicates that MB-aligned groups are acting…
    - 2 Oct 17, 7:45pm -
  • From Moscow to Marrakech: Russia Is Turning Its Eyes to Africa
    If you thought Vladimir Putin would settle for only Syria in cementing Russia's footprint in the Middle East, you're in for a surprise. From Morocco to Egypt, Moscow has been expanding influence through arms and energy deals, tourism promotion, an…
    - 21 Sep 17, 6:10pm -
  • The Hamas Announcement: Reconciliation or Reorientation?
    In response to an Egyptian initiative, Hamas announced on September 17 that it will dissolve the "Administrative Committee" it created in March as a shadow government to administer the Gaza Strip. The formation of that committee had spurred Palest…
    - 20 Sep 17, 4:28pm -
  • Middle East Maritime Security:
    A number of developments are transforming the Middle East maritime security environment, with profound implications for regional trade and security. Historically, protection of (SLOCs) sea lines of communication--a process integral to projecting p…
    - 14 Sep 17, 9:03pm -
  • Congress, Don't Meet with the Muslim Brotherhood
    Amr Darrag, a senior member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, will be speaking at Georgetown University on Thursday, and he is trying to extend his speaking gig into a lobbying tour, as other Brotherhood-aligned delegations have done in the past. U.S…
    - 13 Sep 17, 2:48pm -
  • Free Trade Zone in the Context of Growing Russia-Egypt Ties
    Russia and Egypt will hold an intergovernmental commission meeting on trade and economic cooperation in September. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov hopes the meeting will advance bilateral discussion about an industrial trade zone in East Po…
    - 25 Aug 17, 5:08pm -
  • Washington's Unfocused Decision on Aid to Egypt
    Washington's decision on August 22 to delay or cancel nearly $300 million in aid to Egypt caught Cairo by surprise. For many months, the Egyptian government had assumed that the warm rapport between U.S. president Donald Trump and his Egyptian cou…
    - 23 Aug 17, 3:37pm -
  • Is War in Gaza Unavoidable?
    Earlier this summer, it seemed like war in the Gaza Strip was inevitable. Israel had accepted Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas' request to cut off electricity for the approximately two million Gazans who live under Hamas rule. Abbas hope…
    - 22 Aug 17, 4:16pm -
  • The Muslim Brotherhood's Fatal Mistake
    On August 14, 2013, in what came to be known as the Rabaa massacre, Egyptian security forces stormed Muslim Brotherhood-led sit-ins at public squares in Cairo and Giza, killing hundreds of people protesting the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the Brother…
    - 21 Aug 17, 3:15pm -
  • A Beauty Queen Helps Israel's Egyptian Community Find Its Voice
    Winning the Arab Miss Israel contest in 2009 was a double-edged sword for Naglaa Suleiman.The daughter of an Egyptian father and Arab-Israeli mother, Suleiman moved to Israel with her family at age five and grew up in Nazareth. The notoriety sh…
    - 17 Aug 17, 2:04am -
  • A Killer Goes Free in Cairo
    On June 23, Egypt's President Sisi granted clemency to some 500 convicted criminals, a common practice of Arab leaders on the eve of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the month-long Islamic fast of Ramadan. Among those discharged was Hisham Talaat Mustafa,…
    - 7 Jul 17, 3:38pm -
  • The Muslim Brotherhood Is the Root of the Qatar Crisis
    Monday marks the end of the 10 days that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt gave Qatar to comply with 13 far-reaching demands. For starters, Qatar is being told to cut off relations with Iran, shutter Al Jazeera, and stop g…
    - 2 Jul 17, 4:57pm -
  • How a Soap Opera Explains Egyptian-Israeli Relations
    Egyptian-Israeli relations have been steadily improving in the past few years, with the two countries facing the same threat from ISIS on the Sinai border. Coupled with Egypt's current economic hardships, increased cooperation between the two side…
    - 29 Jun 17, 9:25pm -
  • Defusing the Electricity Crisis in Gaza -- For Now
    On June 22, the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) came back online, following a shipment of diesel fuel from Egypt earlier in the week, offering a temporary reprieve from the crisis that had left Gaza residents with as little as three hours of electricity pe…
    - 22 Jun 17, 8:22pm -
  • Counter-radicalization and de-radicalization in Egypt and Libya: Returnees and Foresight
    June 13, 2017At the beginning of May, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein expressed concerns over Egypt’s policies to combat extremism, highlighting that a state of emergency, the massive numbers of detentions, and…
    - 13 Jun 17, 8:53pm -
  • Assurances from Washington, Fears in Cairo
    June 13, 2017“I just want to let everybody know that we are strongly supporting President Sisi; he has done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation. We stand with Egypt, and we support the people of Egypt.” With these words, the U.S.…
    - 13 Jun 17, 8:21pm -
  • LBJ and the June 1967 War:
    On June 1, Dennis Ross, Nicholas Rostow, and Michael Mandelbaum addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Ross is the Institute's William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and author of Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from…
    - 9 Jun 17, 7:43pm -
  • The Cynical Conspiracy War on Egypt's Christians
    When news broke of Friday's devastating attack on Coptic Christians in Upper Egypt, in which at least 28 were murdered and 23 injured aboard a monastery-bound bus, prominent Egyptian Islamists offered a predictably libelous response: The Egyptia…
    - 27 May 17, 6:56pm -
  • Trump Should Meet With Sisi in Saudi Arabia
    U.S. President Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia Saturday with a packed agenda. He will conclude a $109.7 billion arms agreement with Riyadh, discuss opportunities for enhanced U.S.-Saudi economic cooperation, and address the leaders of over 50…
    - 19 May 17, 2:12pm -
  • Egypt's Failed War on Terror
    Earlier this month, President Trump hosted his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, at the White House. At their meeting, Trump assured Sisi that "together...we will fight terrorism." That is good news for the Egyptian president. After year…
    - 10 May 17, 4:00pm -
  • When International Guarantees Utterly Failed
    As we approach next month's 50th anniversary of the 1967 war, we should not forget one of the enduring lessons learned from the run-up to the conflict. Namely, that agreements need to stand on their own merits and cannot be based on abstract inter…
    - 4 May 17, 1:34pm -
  • Does Egypt Need an FTA with the United States?
    During Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's recent visit to the United States, he stressed his country's dire economic situation, among other priorities, and the corresponding need for U.S. help in stabilizing the economy. To this end, he and…
    - 24 Apr 17, 5:03pm -
  • Regional Consequences of Trump's Travel Ban
    On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, indefinitely prohibiting all Syrian refugees from entering the United States and banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority co…
    - 20 Apr 17, 1:44pm -
  • Despite Attacks Egypt Maintains Conventional Military Strategy
    Sunday's horrific terrorist attacks on Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria during Palm Sunday services, in which dozens have been killed and many more injured, should convince the Egyptian military to update its strategy against jihadis based…
    - 9 Apr 17, 1:35pm -
  • Egypt's Awkward Reset with Washington
    Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi started the week as Washington's guest of honor. President Trump warmly praised Sisi for doing "a fantastic job" in the Oval Office on Monday, and Sisi tied up Georgetown traffic for the next three days as he…
    - 7 Apr 17, 8:36pm -
  • Enhancing Egyptian-Israeli Ties under the Trump Administration
    Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi is at the White House on Monday with the high hopes of receiving strong support from U.S. President Donald Trump. One of the major issues that the Egyptian President will surely stress to attain this favor is…
    - 2 Apr 17, 2:02pm -
  • President Trump Talks Terror with Egypt's Sisi
    Seven years have passed since an Egyptian head of state visited the White House, but the April 3 Oval Office meeting between Presidents Trump and Abdul Fattah al-Sisi promises to be a warm homecoming. Although the two leaders have met only once pr…
    - 30 Mar 17, 5:49pm -
  • Can Trump Cut a Deal With Egypt?
    The relationship between Egypt and the U.S. will look sunnier on Monday, when President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi visits President Trump in Washington. Under the Obama administration, Mr. Sisi's authoritarianism made him persona non grata. The key ques…
    - 30 Mar 17, 1:42pm -
  • Sisi and the Copts: Grim Prospects for a Troubled Relationship
    March 20, 2017On December 11, a massive explosion shattered St. Mark’s Cathedral in Abbasia, central Cairo, claiming the lives of more than 25 worshipers and wounding scores of others. The event cast even more anxiety and strain over the situ…
    - 20 Mar 17, 5:18pm -
  • Sisi's Domesticated Foreign Policy
    When then-Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi responded to mass protests in July 2013 by ousting the country's first elected president, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi, Cairo's Gulf allies rushed to keep Egypt afloat economically. Within…
    - 8 Mar 17, 10:07pm -

WashingtonInstitute

Turkey Sanctions: Navigating a Historic Bilateral Crisis
Earlier this month, the Trump administration issued sanctions against Turkey for its continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson. Ties between the two governments have been under strain for years, but the latest incident has seemingly touch…
- 6 hours ago 17 Aug 18, 2:38pm -
Meet the Scholar: Ambassador Barbara Leaf
Earlier this year, Ambassador Barbara Leaf joined The Washington Institute as the Rosenblatt Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Previously, she capped a distinguished career in the Foreign Service as U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2014-…
- 17 days ago 31 Jul 18, 4:06pm -
Bernard Lewis: Appreciating a Scholar of Consequence
When he passed away in May, just 12 days shy of his 102nd birthday, Bernard Lewis -- the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, emeritus, at Princeton and inaugural recipient of The Washington Institute's Scholar-Statesman Award -- lef…
- 17 days ago 31 Jul 18, 3:31pm -
Iraq, Iran, and U.S. Strategy: A Trip Report
Iraq is having a volatile year. In the past few months alone, Baghdad has declared victory over the Islamic State, thwarted a Kurdish push for independence, and been forced to deal with fractured post-election politics that will delay formation of th…
- 21 days ago 27 Jul 18, 8:07pm -
Reimplementing Iran Sanctions: Where, How, and How Much?
Following the recent U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the Iran sanctions suspended in 2016 will begin snapping back into place. This prospect raises important questions about whether the Islamic Republic's vulnerability to U.S. financial pressu…
- 30 days ago 18 Jul 18, 2:56pm -
2007 Scholar Statesman Award Ceremony
Washington Institute president Howard Berkowitz bestows the Institute's inaugural Scholar-Statesman Awards on former secretary of state George Shultz and professor Bernard Lewis on October 17, 2007.
- 32 days ago 16 Jul 18, 7:54pm -
George Shultz & Bernard Lewis (2007)
Former secretary of state George Shultz and professor Bernard Lewis speak with Washington Institute executive director Robert Satloff upon receiving the Institute's 2007 Scholar-Statesman Award on October 17, 2007.
- 32 days ago 16 Jul 18, 6:54pm -
Getting Syria Right at the Trump-Putin Summit
Two veteran diplomats urge President Donald Trump to protect U.S. and allied interests in Syria during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. They recommend that rather than withdrawing all troops from the country, the U.S. sh…
- 35 days ago 13 Jul 18, 10:12pm -
Taking Stock of U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts Since 9/11
Lt. Gen Michael K. Nagata, the director of strategic operational planning at the National Counterterrorism Center since May 2016, discussed the status of U.S. counterterrorism efforts since 9/11 and suggested several innovations to strengthen this wo…
- 37 days ago 11 Jul 18, 6:58pm -
Turkey's Historic Election: What to Expect Next?
Turkey’s June 24 vote reelected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan under a new system that abolished the post of prime minister while granting wider power to the president. How will Erdogan use this mandate to manage the country’s political, economic…
- 37 days ago 11 Jul 18, 3:13pm -
North Korea in the Middle East: A Dangerous Military Supply Line
Since the 1960s, North Korea has armed, trained, and coordinated with Middle Eastern militaries for a variety of strategic, ideological, and commercial reasons. This cooperation has seen Pyongyang fly combat missions against Israel, support Palestini…
- 67 days ago 11 Jun 18, 10:36pm -
The Gulf View on Washington's Plan B for Iran
Soon after President Trump announced America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf kingdoms were among the few U.S. partners to praise the move. Can the administration build on this support and convince them to cooperat…
- 73 days ago 5 Jun 18, 10:11pm -

AEI

Middle East Forum


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