Middle East & North Africa

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President Donald Trump speaks at Fort Myer


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

What Trump Got Right About Foreign Policy

| Aug. 28, 2017

"One overlooked feature in this ongoing tragedy is that Trump isn't wrong about everything. Some of his critics won't admit it, but several of the themes he sounded during the 2016 campaign — such as the need to rebuild America's deteriorating infrastructure — were correct (if far from original), and some of his foreign-policy instincts were sound even if his command of details was not. A minimally competent president could have made substantial progress on most if not all of these fronts, thereby leaving the country better off and enhancing his prospects for a second term."

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Analysis & Opinions - Agence Global

Banning opposition groups is a failed Arab legacy

| July 21, 2016

"The recent and ongoing spate of decisions by several Arab governments to dissolve and ban certain political groups (mostly Sunni or Shiite Islamists) is a reflection of two dynamics that need to be reviewed together: rising sectarian, political, and ideological tensions across the region, alongside continuing structural inabilities in every Arab country, except Tunisia to date, to accommodate a range of differing political views in a legitimate governance system..."

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.

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Analysis & Opinions - Agence Global

Egypt's bold but marginal, mysterious diplomacy

| July 13, 2016

"Egyptian President Abdelfattah Sisi has suggested a regional diplomatic gathering to push ahead towards a permanent Arab-Israeli peace. But the proposed regional conference has not been formulated with widespread consultations among the key players or coordinated with other international initiatives on the table, and the positions of the principal Israeli and Palestinian parties remain too far apart to stir any hopes of success..."

Tunisian builders work at the construction site of a new marketplace on December 15, 2015, in the impoverished central town of Sidi Bouzid.

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Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

Economic Growth After the Arab Spring

| March 4, 2016

"Five years after the Arab Spring uprisings began, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia have achieved reasonable levels of political stability. Yet economic growth remains tepid, and the International Monetary Fund does not expect the pace of expansion to exceed 1.5% per capita this year. Given the region’s large catch-up potential and young workforces, one must ask why this is so..."

2016 Republican presidential candidates during the September 16, 2015 debate hosted by CNN.

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Analysis & Opinions - Agence Global

Fear trumps facts in this U.S. presidential year

| January 30, 2016

"The role of foreign policy issues in the American presidential campaign is both serious and frivolous, and appears to be a cause for concern, given the many contentious and negative issues involved. Yet things may not be as they appear, and we probably should not be very worried about what we are hearing these days."

Iraqi security forces stand next to their vehicles as they clear al-Sajarya district on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, on January 17, 2016, a few weeks after declaring victory against the Islamic State (IS) group.

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Analysis & Opinions - Agence Global

Think again, guys…’bomb away’ is not an effective policy

| January 16, 2016

"The main problem is that foreign military actions tend to achieve exactly the opposite of the intended goals. Military assaults against terror groups, resistance movements, and just plain old civilian demonstrators or non-violent rebels — whether carried out by local governments or foreign powers, or both — tend to harden and expand the resolve of those who challenge the states in question..."


Podcast: "Security States, Failed States, Islamic States: The Causes and Consequences of the Crisis of Arab Statehood" with Rami Khouri

| December 22, 2015

An audio recording of a public talk by Rami Khouri, MEI Non-Resident Senior Fellow; Senior Fellow, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy, American University of Beirut; Syndicated Columnist.