Overstating Climate Change in Egypt’s Uprising

Making bread in Egypt (eFesenko via Shutterstock)

by Jessica Barnes The possible link between climate change and political upheaval in the Middle East has attracted increasing media attention and is generating a new wave of academic research seeking to demonstrate the link. An influential study that put… Continue Reading  

Preventing Palestine: A Must Read History of Failed Peace-Making

Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, and Menachem Begin (Wikimedia Commons)

by James J. Zogby  Seth Anziska’s Preventing Palestine: A Political History From Camp David to Oslo is a deeply insightful and profoundly disturbing book that traces the tortuous path of Middle East peace-making during the past four decades. It was… Continue Reading  

Five Years after Sisi’s Coup: Soul Searching, Resistance, and Division

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

by Daniel Brumberg August 14, 2018 marked the five-year anniversary of the blackest day in Egypt’s modern history. Egyptian security forces massacred over 800 civilians, mostly in Cairo’s Rabaa Square, as they were protesting the military coup of July 3, 2013.… Continue Reading  

Camp David and Oslo, 40 and 25 Years On

The Nobel prize laureates for 1994: PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

by Paul R. Pillar This month marks anniversaries of two major agreements signed at the White House that appeared to be major steps toward a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace but never produced such a peace. On September 17, 1978, Israeli Prime… Continue Reading  

The Afrin Factor in Turkey-UAE Relations

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by Giorgio Cafiero When they view Aden, Aleppo, Basra, Gaza, Ghouta, Mosul, and blockaded Qatar, Turks see grave injustices suffered by people in Arab lands once ruled by the Ottoman Empire. Such a perspective informs a popular Turkish narrative that… Continue Reading