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September 6, 2005

Elections and Voting
Interview with Ayman Nour on Egypt’s Elections

An interview with Ayman Nour shortly before his arrest in 2005. Nour, a pro-democracy Egyptian dissident, was released after three years in prison on February 18, 2009.

July 14, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Profile: Ayman al-Zawahiri

Ayman al-Zawahiri, now America’s most wanted terrorist, took over as the head of al-Qaeda in June 2011 after the killing of erstwhile head Osama bin Laden.

August 6, 2013

Politics and Government
Lights Out for Al-Nour?

The post below on Egypt’s Salafis  was written by my research associate, Alexander Brock, and my intern, Amr T. Leheta. I hope you find it interesting.   After the military intervention that toppled…

SalafismEgypt

October 29, 2019

Islamic State
After Baghdadi: What Hurts the Islamic State May Help Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda could benefit from the death of the Islamic State’s leader, potentially regaining its worldwide reach and influence.

March 29, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
How Serious Is White Nationalist Terrorism?

In the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque attacks, public debate is mounting in Western democracies over the severity of the threat posed by far-right extremists.

New Zealand

March 6, 2018

Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra

June 12, 2017

Qatar
Untangling the Qatar Kerfuffle

Sure, the tiny gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region. 

A Palestinian man holds a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017.

August 10, 2016

Islamic State
The Islamic State

With Iraq weakened and a civil war raging in Syria, it’s unclear whether local forces and a U.S.-led international coalition can roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Islamic State militants parade in Tel Abyad, near Syria's border with Turkey.

November 5, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Kerry Foreign Policy: Does the United States Stand for Anything at All?

Does the United States stand for anything at all? Do we have a view about, say, slavery, or child prostitution, or the stoning of gays? What  should be a ridiculous question is raised by Secretary o…

October 17, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
FTAs for Tunisia and Egypt

The United States should begin now to negotiate free trade agreements with Tunisia and Egypt. The two cases are quite different in complexity and market size. Egypt has a population of eighty millio…