The U.S. Role in Hardening Hard Lines in the Middle East

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by Paul R. Pillar Realism in foreign policy recognizes that all countries have some interests that conflict and some that conform with the interests of one’s own country. A U.S. foreign policy grounded in realism would see all countries as… Continue Reading  

EU Turns Blind Eye to Sisi’s Repression at Summit with Arab League

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi talking with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and the Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz

by Rana Allam In one on the most beautiful spots in the world, EU leaders attended a high-level meeting with the Arab League at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to discuss migration, security, and terrorism. The meeting… Continue Reading  

Egyptian Prisons as Islamic State Recruitment Centers

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by Joe Stork When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Cairo on January 10, he commended President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi for his “leadership” in combating “the ongoing threat of terrorism as well as the radical Islamism that fuels it.” In fact,… Continue Reading  

Does Egypt Execution Spree Rest on Coerced Confessions?

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by Joe Stork Egypt’s February 20 execution of nine men brought the total number of judicial executions so far this month to at least 15. The nine had been convicted for their alleged roles in the June 2015 car-bomb assassination… Continue Reading  

Comparative Conferences: Sochi vs. Warsaw

Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by Mark N. Katz The recent Warsaw Conference on the Middle East was notable for America’s inability to rally European governments to the anti-Iranian cause that the Trump administration, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE have been strongly pushing. This… Continue Reading