Noah Bonsey, International Crisis Group, on the Syrian civil war – by Mike Airosus

Noah Bonsey, Senior Analyst with the International Crisis group based in Beirut, discusses the recent developments in the Syrian civil war, including the impact of the chemical weapons deal, the implications of increased violence in Lebanon, and the upcoming Geneva II talks scheduled for January 22nd in Switzerland.

Op-ed: US Policy in Egypt Inconsistent and Counterproductive – by Seth Binder and Amrou Kotb

American inconsistent policy has only exacerbated the problems of Egypt’s transition and adversely affected US interests. The US stands a much better chance of serving its interests by articulating and executing policies aligned with its calls for inclusive democracy.

Rami Khouri on the Birth of the Arab Citizen – by Alex Taylor and Jack Berger

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While focus on the Arab uprisings centers on the democratic setbacks that have followed the bursts of change in Egypt, Tunisia, and Syria – among other countries – the current discussion largely misses the most important shift in the region: the emergence of a new conception of citizenship in the Arab world.

Correcting the Course of Egypt’s Revolution: A Conversation with Dalia Ziada – by Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras

Dalia Ziada, an influential Egyptian human and women’s rights advocate, argues that while the ouster of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by the military may have been a point of regression for Egypt’s democratic development, it was also an opportunity to correct the course of the Egyptian revolution. Ziada believes that the situation in Egypt […]

Navigating U.S.-Egyptian Relations in the Post-Mubarak Era: Strategies for Preserving American Interests – By Micah Peckarsky

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Despite the deterioration of U.S.-Egyptian relations following the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the U.S. maintains significant strategic interests in Egypt that necessitate the continuation of a major partnership, including the preservation of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, military collaboration, access through the Suez Canal, among others. Within this framework, this analysis will provide short and long-term recommendations […]

Nonviolent Action Strategy: Lessons from Bahrain’s Demonstration Movement – By Loghman Fattahi

Analyzing the relationship between maximum participation and pillars of support for the regime, this paper argues that the nonviolent action movement’s failure to unite Bahrain’s Sunni and Shiite sects inhibited its ability to fully maximize individual and collective participation in demonstrations against the rule of the al-Khalifa dynasty. This failure to unite the two main […]