What Brahimi's Resignation Means for the Syrian Conflict

Paul Salem analyzes the implications of UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's resignation for the Syrian conflict, as well as this week's visit of Syrian National Coalition leader Ahmad Jarba to Washington. "The time does not appear ripe now for a negotiated breakthrough," Salem says.

Who Makes Tehran's Arab Policy?

Alex Vatanka outlines the two sides of Tehran's Arab policy: that of President Hassan Rouhani and his moderate faction, and that of the hawkish Revolutionary Guards. While the outcome of this intra-regime rivalry is far from clear, "much depends on how receptive the world and Iran’s neighbors are to Rouhani’s promise of a newly moderate Iran."

A Conversation with H.E. Amr Moussa

The Middle East Institute and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy were honored to host Egyptian politician and diplomat, Amr Moussa, for a conversation moderated by David Ignatius, foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Post, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Full video and transcript from the event are now available.

Five Arab Elections in Search of a Democratic Transition

Paul Salem discusses the five Arab countries—Algeria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, and Syria—holding key elections this spring. From entrenched authoritarianism in Algeria to continued war in Syria, he explores how none of these states show signs of moving toward meaningful democratic transition.

Qatar’s Regional Ambitions and the New Emir

When Qatar’s Sheik Tamim came to power after his father abdicated last year, he assumed a tricky diplomatic situation. While his father had been interested in promoting Qatar’s international position, even at the cost of alienating neighbors, Sheik Tamim is more inclined to focus on regional collaboration. Fatiha Dazi-Héni examines the shift.

Egypt and Subsidies

Subsidy reform is one of the most pressing issues facing the deteriorating Egyptian economy. Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim discusses recipes for reform and the measures that the Egyptian government has begun to take to address the problem.

Event Date: 
Tue, 05/13/2014
10:00 - 11:30

Event Information

The Middle East Institute and the Conflict Management Program at SAIS are pleased to host a panel discussion about the outcome of Iraq's April 30 parliamentary elections and the political challenges ahead. The first parliamentary vote held since the 2010 U.S. withdrawal, the election was preceded by Iraq's worst surge in sectarian violence since 2008, fueled by growing political disputes.

U.S. Policy and the Iraq Elections
The Loss and Looting of Egyptian Antiquities

A lack of security, resulting in land appropriation and theft, has contributed to a dramatic loss of Egyptian antiquities since the country's 2011 revolution. Salima Ikram discusses the circumstances surrounding this situation and policies that could help ameliorate it.

Iraq’s Make Up or Break Up Elections

Iraq's parliamentary elections scheduled for April 30, and the political process of government formation that will follow, present an opportunity to push for a return to more inclusive politics in Iraq, writes MEI's Paul Salem. Unless Maliki is replaced or drastically changes his policies, these might be the last elections in a nominally united Iraq.