How Vulnerable Is Jordan?

Jordan has survived – and at times even prospered – because of its ability to "sell" its geographical location, stable domestic politics, and pro-Western orientation to the United States and its allies on the Arab side of the Gulf.  Considering Jordan’s dearth of other more tangible resources, the path to survival carved by the late King Hussein and his son King Abdullah II was essentially the only one available.  

Cruel War in Gaza Calls for New Peace Approach

The terrible war in Gaza, the third and worst of its kind in the last decade, is yet another symptom of decades of failure to resolve the larger Israel-Palestine conflict, writes Amb. Philip Wilcox. Regardless of the latest cease-fire, without major policy changes it will surely drag on.

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Wed, 08/13/2014
12:00 - 13:00

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The Middle East Institute is proud to present Christine Fair, assistant professor of peace and security studies at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, for a discussion of her book, Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army's Way of War (Oxford University Press, 2014). Based on an unprecedented analysis of decades' worth of the Pakistan army's defense publications, Fair concludes that the army's perception is that its success depends on its resistance to India's purported drive for regional hegemony and the territorial status quo.

El-Sisi’s Predicament with the Gaza Crisis

The current crisis in Gaza represents Egypt's first real foreign policy test for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.  Mohamed Elmenshawy explains why the manner in which this crisis is resolved, including the role of Egypt’s rulers in ending the conflict, will help define Egypt’s foreign policy under el-Sisi.

Gaza Crisis Shows Turkey’s Declining Regional Influence

The Israeli incursion into Gaza and the ensuing diplomatic efforts to end the violence have revealed Turkey’s waning influence in the region. Gönül Tol explains why Turkey may have to settle for a secondary role in the Hamas-Israeli conflict.

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Thu, 08/14/2014
10:00 - 11:30

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In his remarks at the launch of the State Department's Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, Secretary of State John Kerry admonished, "We ignore the global impact of our peril," and told Foreign Service officers "to go out and engage religious leaders and faith-based communities in our day-to-day work." At a time when religious violence inflames much of the Middle East, the question of how diplomacy and religion can interact takes on high operational importance. What is the Department of State doing to fulfill Secretary Kerry's instructions?

The Future of Tunisia's Nidaa Tounes Party

When the Nidaa Tounes (“Call for Tunisia”) party was formally licensed in July 2012, it positioned itself as a “modern” alternative to the Islamist Ennahda party. But with parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for October 2014, questions remain about the ability of Nidaa Tounes' members to unite around shared core principles and inspire confidence in the electorate. Anne Wolf discusses the reasons for its loss of momentum and questions raised about its ability to govern.

Egypt’s Least Bad Option for Addressing Energy Troubles

A proposed deal to export Israeli natural gas through Egypt has the potential to help Egypt escape its deepening energy crisis, but the agreement is complicated by a history of deeply rooted grievances between the two countries, made worse by the recent violence in Gaza.

Why the U.S. Has Limited Options In Iraq

In 2006, U.S. military options for handling the Iraqi insurgency were narrowed to two: a surge of troops or a transfer of security responsibilities to the Iraqi government. Steven Simon revisits the debate to glean insights into U.S. options for handling militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Israel's Unwinnable War

Expert Q&A with MEI's Amb. Philip Wilcox, who discusses the motivations that led to the current escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas, and why Israel decided to pursue its latest ground assault in Gaza.