Understanding Mohamed Morsi
December 07, 2012
ON A SULTRY MORNING in late September, I drove for two hours on the traffic-choked roads north of Cairo to Al Adwa, a Nile Delta town of dusty alleyways, mosques, and crumbling red brick houses. This is where Mohamed Morsi, the president of Egypt, was raised. Morsi left nearly four decades ago, but he returns regularly to visit his younger brothers, who still work the family farm, and to celebrate Islamic holidays.
The End of the Forty-Year Peace Between Israel and Arab States
December 04, 2012
Yes, Israel just enjoyed 40 years of peace. No longer.
America’s Responsibility in the New Middle East
November 26, 2012
The United States needs to survey the new landscape that has emerged in the Middle East, and determine how it can shape it going forward.
Three Reasons Why the Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Won't Last
November 21, 2012
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr has announced a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas. It's good news that the fighting will stop. But aside from the immediate cessation of hostilities there's little to cheer about. Here are three reasons why in the absence of considerable outside intervention, it's only a matter of time until war breaks out again. A comprehensive peace agreement is not in sight: Peace in the former Palestine rests not only on a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but on a comprehensive agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Who Won Israel's Latest War?
November 21, 2012
There is a measure of thanksgiving, or at least relief, in the land of Israel. With the ceasefire, Israelis are grateful that their young men waiting on the border—and almost everyone has a husband, son, brother, friend among those 70,000 reservists—will be spared the horrors of fighting in Gaza. They are grateful that the civilians in southern Israel can now emerge from their shelters.
A Gaza Family's Deja Vu
November 20, 2012
In the Shati refugee camp, there is one question in the back of everyone’s mind: Is it happening again?
The Long Road to a Moderate Hamas
November 18, 2012
Yes, Hamas can change and evolve. In some ways, it already has.