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September 14, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Islamist Extremism After the Arab Spring

The Arab Spring severely weakened the narrative of Islamist extremists but they are now stirring anti-U.S. sentiments in fragile new democracies, says Mideast expert Ali Soufan.

April 7, 2011

Iran
Managing Arab Spring’s Fallout in Iran

Concern about Arab world pro-democracy movements has caused Iran’s government to get tougher with opponents and is affecting political jockeying for parliamentary elections in 2012 and the presidenti…

December 21, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
A Reform Agenda for Arab Economies

Arab states in the throes of political change must embrace economic policies that combat cronyism, spur private sector growth, and ensure safeguards for the poor, says the World Bank’s Manuela Ferro.

June 2, 2009

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Obama in Mideast: A Focus on Arab Peace Plan and Reform

CFR Middle East expert Steven A. Cook says President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia and Egypt will attempt to bring new energy to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and is likely to deliver a …

February 25, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab Turmoil and Palestinians

Though the turmoil in the Arab world has "excited" most Palestinians, expert Rashid Khalidi says U.S.-led negotiations for a two-state solution has foundered and the U.S. block of a UN resolution …

February 14, 2011

Egypt
Demographics of Arab Protests

Large numbers of unemployed youth have been behind the protests for change in the Middle East. Demographics expert Ragui Assaad says the region must move toward democracy and open economic systems to…

August 15, 2018

Libya
Can Libya’s Divisions Be Healed?

The Islamic State has been nearly defeated and migrant crossings to Europe have declined, so why is Libya’s state failure so troubling?

Libya

March 29, 2012

Syria
Syrian Tremors at Arab Summit

The Arab League summit in Baghdad is focused on Syria, but events on the ground appear to have already outpaced the regional group, says CFR’s Mohamad Bazzi.

July 18, 2011

Religion
Islam and Arab Political Change

Arab world pro-democracy movements raise questions about how much Islam will figure into the political calculus in emerging governments in Tunisia and Egypt, as well as new ones that might arise else…

January 28, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab World’s ’Unprecedented’ Protests

The level of public anger against homegrown problems in Egypt and other Arab countries is something new, and it pushes the Obama administration back in the direction of the Bush-era "freedom agenda,"…