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The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya

The story of what went wrong in Libya after Qadhafi.

Unheard Voices: What Syrian Refugees Need to Return Home

As the living conditions for Syrian refugees worsen and the risks of going home mount, the notion of a voluntary return is rapidly losing meaning.

Two States or One? Reappraising the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

The Israeli and Palestinian communities are growing ever closer physically while remaining separated politically. Any solution must adequately address the needs of both sides.

Decentralization in Tunisia

Tunisia’s decentralization process has tremendous potential. Yet the central government, local government, civil society, and international donors must each invest in the process.

The Key to the Algerian Regime’s Longevity

Algeria’s regime has repeatedly adapted the political system in limited ways. But what has worked for the regime up until now may not work indefinitely into the future.

The Sociopolitical Undercurrent of Lebanon’s Salafi Militancy

The rise in Salafi militancy in Lebanon is not only due to the spillover of the Syrian war, but also to the Sunni elite’s failure at tackling the grievances of their co-religionists.

Iran’s Cyber Threat: Espionage, Sabotage, and Revenge

Incidents involving Iran have been among the most sophisticated, costly, and consequential attacks in the history of the internet.

Iran in Transition

Iran has entered a growth-friendly demographic window of opportunity, during which prime-age workers outnumber children and elderly dependents. This period will profoundly shape Iran’s future.

Arab Fractures: Citizens, States, and Social Contracts

The social, political, and economic grievances—above all, the demand for human dignity and justice—that gave rise to the Arab uprisings six years ago are not going away.

Revitalizing Palestinian Nationalism: Options Versus Realities

The Palestinian national movement needs a coherent strategy, along with a new generation of leaders that can stem the political ruptures and inject new life into Palestinian institutions.


Renegotiating Civil-Military Relations in Arab States

Egypt in Focus

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The Carnegie Middle East Program combines in-depth local knowledge with incisive comparative analysis to examine economic, sociopolitical, and strategic interests in the Arab world. Through detailed country studies and the exploration of key crosscutting themes, the Carnegie Middle East Program, in coordination with the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, provides analysis and recommendations in both English and Arabic that are deeply informed by knowledge and views from the region. The program has special expertise in political reform and Islamist participation in pluralistic politics.

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