Fri, Jan 6th 2012, 1:40PM
Turkey’s Syria and Iraq Policy Hostage to Islamic State

As the United States struggles to mobilize a coalition of allies, including Turkey, behind potential military action against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, Turkey's Syria and Iraq policies remain captive to the IS and the 49 Turkish hostages it holds. Gönül Tol explains Turkey's interests and constraints. 

Ending Gaza’s Race to the Bottom

The August 26 permanent cease-fire crafted by Egypt between Israel and Hamas and Islamic Jihad forces in the Gaza Strip offers the best opportunity in years to take Palestinians off the “diet” imposed on them by Israel after Hamas ousted Fatah security forces from Gaza in June 2007. Geoffrey Aronson explains.

Second Annual Conference on Egypt

Register now for MEI's full-day conference, "Egypt: Facing Challenges, Harnessing Potential," on September 12 at the Park Hyatt hotel.  Three expert panels will explore practical solutions to Egypt's political, social, and economic challenges. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson and former Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy will deliver keynote addresses.

The Fall of Amran and the Future of the Islah Party in Yemen
As the world’s attention was riveted on the lightening conquests of the Islamic State in Iraq, Yemen’s al-Huthi movement made an equally stunning but largely unnoticed military advance on Amran Governorate and captured the provincial capital, Amran, in July. Charles Schmitz explains the profound political significance of the fall of Amran.
A Strategy Against the Islamic State

The outlines of a US strategy to roll back ISIS in Iraq have become relatively clear, but not so in Syria. After years of gridlock, the threat of ISIS has created a renewed opportunity for fresh international and regional diplomacy.  Paul Salem explores the policy options facing Washington.

Alexandria Artists Make the City Their Canvas

Gudran artists believe they have a social responsibility “to abandon the traditional spaces of exhibition and performance, activate our artistic practice in the street, and stimulate contact with all aspects of Egyptian society.” Maria Golia explains how they put their philosophy into practice.

The Education of Syrian Refugee Children

If the future of a nation is built on the competencies learned by its children, then the future of Syria gives cause for great concern. Judith Cochran describes the challenges facing Syrian school children within the country and in the neighboring countries that host them, and she outlines some interventions that might help them catch up with their peers. 

Turkey’s Syria and Iraq Policy Hostage to Islamic State

As the United States struggles to mobilize a coalition of allies, including Turkey, behind potential military action against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, Turkey's Syria and Iraq policies remain captive to the IS and the 49 Turkish hostages it holds. Gönül Tol explains Turkey's interests and constraints. 

Ending Gaza’s Race to the Bottom

The August 26 permanent cease-fire crafted by Egypt between Israel and Hamas and Islamic Jihad forces in the Gaza Strip offers the best opportunity in years to take Palestinians off the “diet” imposed on them by Israel after Hamas ousted Fatah security forces from Gaza in June 2007. Geoffrey Aronson explains.

Second Annual Conference on Egypt

Register now for MEI's full-day conference, "Egypt: Facing Challenges, Harnessing Potential," on September 12 at the Park Hyatt hotel.  Three expert panels will explore practical solutions to Egypt's political, social, and economic challenges. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson and former Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy will deliver keynote addresses.

The Fall of Amran and the Future of the Islah Party in Yemen
As the world’s attention was riveted on the lightening conquests of the Islamic State in Iraq, Yemen’s al-Huthi movement made an equally stunning but largely unnoticed military advance on Amran Governorate and captured the provincial capital, Amran, in July. Charles Schmitz explains the profound political significance of the fall of Amran.
A Strategy Against the Islamic State

The outlines of a US strategy to roll back ISIS in Iraq have become relatively clear, but not so in Syria. After years of gridlock, the threat of ISIS has created a renewed opportunity for fresh international and regional diplomacy.  Paul Salem explores the policy options facing Washington.

Alexandria Artists Make the City Their Canvas

Gudran artists believe they have a social responsibility “to abandon the traditional spaces of exhibition and performance, activate our artistic practice in the street, and stimulate contact with all aspects of Egyptian society.” Maria Golia explains how they put their philosophy into practice.

The Education of Syrian Refugee Children

If the future of a nation is built on the competencies learned by its children, then the future of Syria gives cause for great concern. Judith Cochran describes the challenges facing Syrian school children within the country and in the neighboring countries that host them, and she outlines some interventions that might help them catch up with their peers. 

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