Fri, Jan 6th 2012, 1:40PM
The Syrian Opposition Meeting in Cairo: One Small Step

Geoffrey Aronson explains how the recent Syrian opposition meeting in Cairo signaled Egypt's entry into the Syrian minefield and marked the still-fragmented opposition's first cautious steps toward a compromise with Assad. 

Can the Kurds Save Turkish Democracy?

Turkey's Kurds have embarked on a high-risk, high-reward strategy heading into June's elections, writes Gonul Tol. If they succeed, they can boost the country’s troubled democracy. If they fail, a further drift toward authoritarianism will follow.

Saudi Arabia’s Seamless Succession

Thomas W. Lippman explains the smooth transition of power to Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud after the death of King Abdullah.

Aleppo’s Musical Heritage Suffers another Loss

French-Swiss qanun player Julien “Jalal Eddine” Weiss, who tirelessly promoted classical Arab and Syrian music to international audiences from his home in Aleppo, Syria, died this month in Paris. Kate Seelye explores his legacy and the current tragedy in Aleppo.

Israeli-Hezbollah Tension in the Golan Heights

An Israeli helicopter fired rockets on a convoy in the Golan Heights on January 18, killing six members of Hezbollah and an Iranian general. MEI’s Randa Slim explains the context surrounding the attack and Hezbollah's strategic considerations in planning its retaliation.

A New Kind of Terrorist

Lone wolf attacks such as the assault on Charlie Hebdo are the new normal in jihadist terrorism, writes Steven Simon.  Dealing with the problem of self-starter, low-end terror will continue to challenge Western governments as ISIS has energized radical Islamists.

The Egyptian Parliamentary Elections 101

Long-awaited elections for Egypt’s parliament have been scheduled in a two-phase process beginning in March. What will the process involve? Why are these elections important? Ahmed Morsy answers essential questions.

The Case for Aiding Anbar

Daniel Serwer argues for U.S. aid to those in Anbar, Iraq who are willing to fight to take back their province from ISIS.

The Syrian Opposition Meeting in Cairo: One Small Step

Geoffrey Aronson explains how the recent Syrian opposition meeting in Cairo signaled Egypt's entry into the Syrian minefield and marked the still-fragmented opposition's first cautious steps toward a compromise with Assad. 

Can the Kurds Save Turkish Democracy?

Turkey's Kurds have embarked on a high-risk, high-reward strategy heading into June's elections, writes Gonul Tol. If they succeed, they can boost the country’s troubled democracy. If they fail, a further drift toward authoritarianism will follow.

Saudi Arabia’s Seamless Succession

Thomas W. Lippman explains the smooth transition of power to Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud after the death of King Abdullah.

Aleppo’s Musical Heritage Suffers another Loss

French-Swiss qanun player Julien “Jalal Eddine” Weiss, who tirelessly promoted classical Arab and Syrian music to international audiences from his home in Aleppo, Syria, died this month in Paris. Kate Seelye explores his legacy and the current tragedy in Aleppo.

Israeli-Hezbollah Tension in the Golan Heights

An Israeli helicopter fired rockets on a convoy in the Golan Heights on January 18, killing six members of Hezbollah and an Iranian general. MEI’s Randa Slim explains the context surrounding the attack and Hezbollah's strategic considerations in planning its retaliation.

A New Kind of Terrorist

Lone wolf attacks such as the assault on Charlie Hebdo are the new normal in jihadist terrorism, writes Steven Simon.  Dealing with the problem of self-starter, low-end terror will continue to challenge Western governments as ISIS has energized radical Islamists.

The Egyptian Parliamentary Elections 101

Long-awaited elections for Egypt’s parliament have been scheduled in a two-phase process beginning in March. What will the process involve? Why are these elections important? Ahmed Morsy answers essential questions.

The Case for Aiding Anbar

Daniel Serwer argues for U.S. aid to those in Anbar, Iraq who are willing to fight to take back their province from ISIS.

Analysis & Opinion

Events

Upcoming Event

11/1968th Annual Awards BanquetHonoring Ayman Asfari and Shafiq Gabr, and with special performance by Lubana Al QuntarRegister

The Middle East Journal

MEJ:

The essential resource for Middle East scholars since 1947

Explore Oman

STUDENTS: Click here to view upcoming course offerings at MEI

Explore Oman

NEWLY REMODELED, OPEN NOW:

D.C.'s largest collection of Middle East materials

Scholars in the News

Photo Stream

Moderator Kim Ghattas of BBC introduces the speakers for the "Containing the Islamic State" panel at MEI's 68th Annual Conference. (November 20, 2014)The Honorable Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator from Virginia and chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Near East, South and Central Asian Affairs, delivers the keynote address at MEI's Annual Awards Banquet. (November 19, 2014)Randa Slim, Director for Track II Initiatives at MEI, speaks on the panel "A Middle East in Flux: Risks and Opportunities." (November 20, 2014)Amb. Robert Ford, Senior Fellow at MEI, spoke on the "A Middle East in Flux: Risks and Opportunities" panel at MEI's Annual Conference. (November 20, 2014)

Now Streaming:

MEI's 68th Annual Conference

 

 

Social Media

@MiddleEastInst tweet stream

MiddleEast Institute Analysts See Possibility of US-Houthi Cooperation http://t.co/Gy4GRCkcXQ
20 hours 23 min ago • replyretweetfavorite
MiddleEast Institute How militias doomed an Iraqi’s attempt to replicate Paris’s ‘love locks’ bridge - The Washington Post http://t.co/KRdqEfswQB
1 day 1 hour ago • replyretweetfavorite

Middle East Journal Editor's Blog

Multimedia Highlights

  • Interactive
    Terrorism in Sinai An interactive timeline and map of attacks.
  • Video
    2013 Annual Conference MEI's biggest annual event from start to finish
  • Interactive
    Morsi's Missteps Documenting the fall of Egypt's first democratically elected president
  • Video
    Securing Egypt's Future Relive the premier event featuring leading voices from Egypt
  • Interactive
    Egyptian Social Forces Explore the key social forces in Egypt today
  • Video
    Arab Transitions: Egypt's Growing Political Crisis Video from panel on Egypt's Growing Political Crisis
  • Interactive
    Key Political Parties Explore the spectrum of Egypt's political parties
  • Interactive
    Social Forces Text to demo linking to the Social Forces Interactive.
  • Video
    Arab Transitions: Egyptian Civil Society Under Siege Video from panel on Egyptian Civil Society Under Siege
  • Video
    Unlocking the Peace Puzzle in Obama's Second Term