A Short-Sighted US Strategy In Egypt

by Mitchell Plitnick It’s time to ask some tough questions about US policy regarding Egypt. The most pressing being what that policy is, exactly? I agreed with the easily assailable decision by the Obama administration to refrain from labelling the… Continue Reading  

How the US might Begin to Rethink Egypt

The economy is clearly the most important problem facing Egypt today. Unemployment and underemployment are vast. Tourism has been shattered by recent events and may take a long time to get back on track. Foreign investments have dropped and have… Continue Reading  

New BBC Poll: Iran Unloved, But Not Isolated

BBC poll data indicates that 25% percent of Egyptian respondents view Iran favorably, nearly the same number as view U.S. influence as positive (26%). Nearly equal numbers of Turkish respondents approve of the influence of the U.S. (35%) and Iran (36%). Half of those polled, in countries long regarded as the staunchest Middle East allies of both the U.S. and of Israel–50% in Egypt, 49% in Turkey– expressed negativity about U.S. influence, with only 32% of Egyptians and 45% of Turks worried about Iran. Continue Reading  

Neoconservative Pundits: Arabs are obsessed with Israel; Arabs don’t care about Israel

Iran hawks and neoconservatives have had a tendency to pick one of two arguments on the issue of whether Israel plays a central role in Middle East politics. The first argument states that Israel is a central character in Arab… Continue Reading  

Obama’s Worrisome Stance on Egypt

As the Obama administration backs a transitional government in Egypt led by vice-president and Mubarak loyalist Omar Suleiman, Issandr El Amrani writes that “we are quickly heading towards the formation of another strongman regime that cannot be trusted to deliver… Continue Reading