The Huthi Ascent to Power

A movement that began in 1990 as a handful of students giving summer classes now dictates terms to the Yemeni government. Charles Schmitz explains who the Huthi are and what they want.


Turkey: A Reluctant Partner in the Fight against ISIS

President Obama laid out his strategy to fight Islamic State (IS) and repeatedly stressed that the most important component of his strategy was working with regional allies. Although IS poses a threat to its national security, Turkey is likely to be a reluctant partner. Gönül Tol explains.

Event Date: 
Fri, 09/19/2014
12:00 - 13:30

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The current political crises in Pakistan and Afghanistan have raised important questions about the viability of democracy in both countries. Has democracy failed Pakistan and Afghanistan? Or have Pakistanis and Afghans failed their democracy?

Secular Parties in Egypt’s Political Landscape

Amid increasing calls by political figures and media pundits to postpone parliamentary elections and to rally behind the president, newly created secular political parties feel further weakened, and are seeking to build alliances to assure their political presence and relevance, writes Khaled Dawoud. 

Egyptian Economic Challenges and Policy Exigencies

The current Egyptian government has initiated important steps to address the mounting economic challenges. Zubair Iqbal describes some of the challenges as well as additional measures that are required to make the reforms successful.

Extremist Groups in Syria

Three and a half years into the Syrian civil war, it is clear that any hopes that the overall insurgency against the Assad regime might develop in a more “mainstream” and “moderate” direction have dissipated. Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi describes the jihadi organizations that espouse the project of a transnational Caliphate and whose influence vastly overshadows the "Southern Front."

Pakistan's Political Turmoil: Video Interview

"The crisis in Pakistan is coming to a head," says Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, director of the Center for Pakistan Studies.  "We're faced with a situation in which this government is either going to survive or, very likely, were going to see a military takeover." Watch his new interview on the ongoing protests and what's at stake for Pakistan and the region.

The Power Generation Crisis in Egypt

Power cuts are familiar to Egyptians, but after the January 25, 2011 uprising, they had less patience with the failures of state services and demanded change. Ahmed Ismail explains how the crisis is being addressed. 

Event Date: 
Fri, 09/26/2014
18:00 - 20:00

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The Middle East institute is pleased to host a discussion about the growing impact and influence of the region's increasingly dynamic arts scene with rising Saudi artist Sarah Abu Abdallah, Stephen Stapleton, artist and director of Edge of Arabia, a collective of contemporary Saudi artists, and Oussama Rifahi, executive director of the Beirut-based Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), which provides grants to Arab artists.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: Politically Down and Out?

The Supreme Administrative Court dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, and liquidated its assets in an effort to quash any further political ambitions and activities that the Brotherhood might have in Egypt.  Chris LaRosa explains why this measure might not derail the Brotherhood from future political activity in Egypt.