Shi'astan 1, Kurdistan 1, Sunnistan 0

Daniel Serwer analyzes the current situation in Iraq and concludes that while it may look as though the ISIS offensive has Maliki cornered, the Sunni insurgency is doomed. Iraq's Shi'a and Kurds will ultimately prevail, he argues. 

Sea Change in the Desert: "Syriaq"

"The fortunes of ISIS might rise or fall, but the Sunni population of Iraq, like much of the Sunni population of Syria, has made a decisive break with the Shiite-dominated central government," argues Paul Salem in an op-ed for the Huffington Post. "One has to conclude that, for the immediate future at least, Iraq has ceased to exist as a political reality."

The New President of Israel: Not Easily Categorized

Israel's newly elected president, Reuven Rivlin, is both a hard-line hawk on the “Greater Land of Israel" and a defender of civil and human rights—two positions usually held by those at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Paul Scham explains how Rivlin's and his family's history play a part in how he reconciles these views.

Robert Ford on the ISIS Offensive in Iraq

Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, explains how ISIS has been able to conduct its rapid offensive against Mosul, Tikrit, and other targets en route to Baghdad, and what Iraqis, other regional powers, and the United States should do to restore stability.

Social Media and Economic Development in Egypt

Yosra El Gendi explores how in a country of deteriorating economic conditions, young Egyptians are using social media to create opportunities and change the way business is done.

The Energy Revolution’s Impacts on the Arab World

Profound changes are occurring in the global energy system, including an increase in the production of hydrocarbons in the Americas and a shift in demand in which oil is giving way to gas and coal. How are these changes affecting the Middle East and North Africa? Robert Springborg takes on this topic in an MEI Policy Focus.

Rouhani’s Saudi Challenge
Turkey at a Crossroads

After facing down corruption charges, mass protests, and accusations of authoritarianism, Turkey's PM Erdogan may feel emboldened to run for president in the country's first direct presidential election in August. Gonul Tol answers queries about the election, the role of the Kurds, and implications for Turkey's relations with the EU and the US.

Prospects for an Iran Nuclear Agreement

As the July 20 deadline for an Iran nuclear deal approaches, Allen Keiswetter examines where the negotiations are now, the prospects for a deal by the cut-off date, and the longer-term implications for U.S. strategic commitments to the Gulf.

5th Annual Conference on Turkey

The Center for Turkish Studies will host its 5th Annual Conference on Turkey on Monday, June 16, with panelists discussing the country's tumultuous domestic politics, foreign policy, and democratization. Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala and Amanda Sloat, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State Department, will deliver keynote addresses. Full program and registration