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01 Aug 2018 description

Article by Michael P. Dempsey
Originally published at Axios

Lost amid the intense international focus on diplomatic talks with North Korea and renewed U.S. tensions with Iran, has been a recent spate of Islamic State attacks across a broad swath of the Middle East and North Africa.

14 May 2012 description

Lost in the recent political jockeying and protest violence leading up to Egypt's May 23 presidential elections is the unfolding public health disaster there. Avian flu and foot and mouth disease are running rampant, killing people and livestock as well as inflating the price of food. It's a serious health and economic issue, but it has potentially much larger implications for Egypt, and this little-discussed crisis is beginning to resemble those that occur in failed states.

23 Aug 2011 description

Interviewee: David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director, Project on the Middle East Peace Process, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor, CFR.org

August 23, 2011

31 Mar 2011 description

Expert Brief

Author: Robert Danin, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies

March 31, 2011

CAIRO - What strikes the visitor to post-Mubarak Egypt is the profound sense of uncertainty about just about everything. Whereas Mubarak's Egypt was consumed by sclerotic stability and the need for order, today's Egypt is rife with ambiguity and self-examination. It is as if Egyptians have just regained consciousness after a long stupor.

They have many, many, questions, and very few answers.

30 Mar 2011 description


Author: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies

March 30, 2011

International Herald Tribune

Contrary to headlines and official pronouncements, the most important event in the Middle East last week was neither the U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force against Libya nor the commencement of the air strikes.

03 Mar 2011 description

Updated: March 3, 2011

Author: CFR.org Staff

The protests that led to the ouster of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in mid-January have sparked a wave of uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world. Most notable has been Egypt, where President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on February 11 after thirty years in power. The events--initially spearheaded by youth using social media to coordinate demonstrations and share information--have led to questions about issues ranging from regional stability, and the role of Islamic groups, to the U.S.

25 Feb 2011 description


Interviewee: Rashid I. Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University

Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor, CFR.org

February 25, 2011

The turmoil in the Arab world, particularly the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, has "excited" most Palestinians, says Rashid Khalidi, co-director of Columbia's Center for Palestine Studies. But the U.S.-led negotiations for a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israel has foundered, which was underscored by the U.S.