Writings by Topic: Middle East politics

Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
Title Publication Date
Did Sanctions Really Contribute to President Raisi's Helicopter Crash? The Middle East Forum ObserverMay 21, 2024
Raisi's Death Doesn't Change Iranian Policy, but Will Spark Fight for Power The Times of IsraelMay 19, 2024
If Raisi Is Dead: Implications for the Islamic Republic of Iran Middle East Forum ObserverMay 19, 2024
The Oslo Disaster 30 Years On Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic StudiesSeptember 19, 2023
Netanyahu Heads to U.S. after Rosh Hashanah on a Trip More Marginal than He'd Hoped The Times of IsraelSeptember 15, 2023
The Two-Faced Egyptian Peace with Israel NewsweekJune 19, 2023
Revolution in Iran: The State of Minorities, Uprising Against Tehran The Jerusalem PostJune 16, 2023
Brace for Another Tumultuous Five Years of Erdoğan Gatestone InstituteMay 31, 2023
Saudi-Iran Deal Tested in Yemen and Syria The Jerusalem PostMay 19, 2023
Biden Admin Undermining Abraham Accords Fox NewsMay 14, 2023
Erdoğan's Cronies to Flee Turkey in Case of Electoral Defeat Nordic MonitorMay 10, 2023
In Depth: Bringing Assad in from the Cold GISMay 10, 2023
Assad Has Won: Dealing with the Devil We Know EMETApril 27, 2023
The New Middle East Rules of the Rules-Based Order EMETMarch 23, 2023
Israel Must Send a Message to Its Enemies as China Enters the Middle East The Jerusalem PostMarch 16, 2023
Biden Admin Neglects Israel-Saudi Negotiations JNSMarch 15, 2023
Israel-Sudan Agreement a Success for Abraham Accords, Setback for Iran The Jerusalem PostFebruary 10, 2023
The Fight Over Jerusalem's Temple Mount Fox NewsJanuary 4, 2023
China and the Gulf: A Big Message for the U.S. The Jerusalem PostDecember 10, 2022
Israel-Lebanon Maritime Deal Juggles Region's Security, Energy Targets Defense NewsOctober 25, 2022
Iranians in Crimea? The Russia-Iran Model for Syria Moves to Ukraine The Jerusalem PostOctober 19, 2022
U.S. Anger over Saudi Arabia, OPEC Will Impact Israel, Middle East Policy The Jerusalem PostOctober 6, 2022
Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq's Dangerous Actor, Part II: Looking Ahead GISSeptember 29, 2022
Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq's Dangerous Actor, Part I: Beginnings GISSeptember 28, 2022
As Intra-Palestinian Violence Surges, Israel Is Blamed The Jerusalem PostSeptember 22, 2022
Erdoğan's Fake Peace with Israel: A Tactical Move Gatestone InstituteSeptember 21, 2022
Hezbollah's Nasrallah Threatens Israeli Offshore Gas Field The Jerusalem PostSeptember 17, 2022
Iranian Drone Downed in Ukraine; Major Implications The Jerusalem PostSeptember 13, 2022
Muqtada al-Sadr Retires: What Next in Iraq? The Jerusalem PostAugust 30, 2022
Israel Must Prepare for Iranian 'Thousand Cuts' War The Jewish ChronicleAugust 25, 2022
Yemen Sees Calm after a Decade of Conflict The Jerusalem PostAugust 3, 2022
Insurrection Iraq-Style: Toward a Deeper Instability The Jerusalem PostAugust 1, 2022
How Muslims Can Catch Up The Washington TimesJuly 22, 2022
The Israel-India-UAE-US Relationship Is Now a Strategic Fact The Jerusalem PostJuly 14, 2022
The Liberation of the Arabs From the Global Left Tablet MagazineJuly 11, 2022
Former Iran FM Reveals Iran Deal Intrigue, Anti-Israel Views The Jerusalem PostJuly 6, 2022
Breaking Away from Iran (Part 2): Iraq GISJuly 5, 2022
Breaking Away from Iran (Part 1): Lebanon GISJuly 4, 2022
Biden Builds on the Abraham Accords The Jerusalem PostJune 30, 2022
Iran Is Worried about U.S.-Israel-Saudi Talks Ahead of Biden's Trip The Jerusalem PostJune 27, 2022
First Lebanon War 1982: A Turning Point for Israel The Jerusalem PostJune 24, 2022
Riyadh and Ankara: Will Reconciliation Change the Region? The Jerusalem PostJune 23, 2022
Iraq's Miracle: A Country that No Longer Needs a Leader or Government The Jerusalem PostJune 21, 2022
U.S., Israel, and Russia Focus on Syria The Jerusalem PostJune 20, 2022
Iran's Drone War Over Iraq Is Getting Dangerous The Jerusalem PostJune 9, 2022
Why Is Lebanon Threatening Israel Now? The Jerusalem PostJune 6, 2022
Non-Western US Allies on Ukraine: It's a Problem, but not Our Problem JNSMay 11, 2022
Turkey Wants Syrian Refugees to Leave; Will This Destabilize Syria? The Jerusalem PostMay 4, 2022
'They Came to Kill Him': The Persecution of Christians - November 2019 Gatestone InstituteFebruary 16, 2020
Iran Exploits Vacuum of Power in Southern Syria to Threaten Israel The Jerusalem PostFebruary 7, 2020
Failed Smuggling Illustrates Hamas' Frustration in Gaza Plans The Jerusalem PostFebruary 4, 2020
Gulf States vs. Iran and Arab League on 'Deal of Century' The Jerusalem PostFebruary 3, 2020
The Middle East: Tribal Culture and Premodern States PJ MediaJanuary 17, 2020
Understanding Turkey's High Stakes F-35 Diplomatic Train Crash The Jerusalem PostJune 12, 2019
Who is Stoking War Tensions Between Russia and Turkey in Idlib? The Jerusalem PostMay 24, 2019
Egypt Looks to Libya Conflict for Regional Role The Jerusalem PostApril 17, 2019
Druze, Christians and Muslims: Major Differences in Minority Communities The Jerusalem PostApril 10, 2019
Iran Tries to Make IRGC Terrorist Designation About Israel The Jerusalem PostApril 9, 2019
Turkey's Elections: What Do They Mean for Turkey and Erdoğan? Gatestone InstituteApril 5, 2019
Iran Is Making a Play to Outmaneuver the United States in Iraq The National InterestMarch 27, 2019
Is Iran's Foreign Minister Taking Over the 'Iraq File'? The Jerusalem PostMarch 27, 2019
Middle East Watching How Israel Handles Gaza The Jerusalem PostMarch 26, 2019
Ferry Tragedy and Corruption in Mosul Affect All Iraq The Jerusalem PostMarch 25, 2019
Massive Floods in Northern Iran Force Military Response The Jerusalem PostMarch 25, 2019
Why Didn't Algeria Light a New Fuse By Now? The Jerusalem PostMarch 15, 2019
Iranian President in Baghdad for His Own 'Deal of the Century' The Jerusalem PostMarch 11, 2019
Iraq's Difficult Road Ahead on Display at Suli Forum in Kurdish Region The Jerusalem PostMarch 9, 2019
Mystery Surrounds Mohammad Javad Zarif's 'Resignation' The Jerusalem PostFebruary 27, 2019
Iran Hosts Syria's Assad in Tehran, Slams American "Plots" The Jerusalem PostFebruary 25, 2019
From Venezuela to China, Turkey Seeks Broader Global Role The Jerusalem PostFebruary 11, 2019
The Middle East's Tectonic Shifts The Jerusalem PostFebruary 8, 2019
The Arab Socialist Movement aymennjawad.orgFebruary 4, 2019
How Tehran Plans to Control Syria The Jerusalem PostFebruary 1, 2019
Qatar Brokers U.S. - Taliban Talks as Washington Seeks Way Out of Afghan War The Jerusalem PostJanuary 27, 2019
A Lesson from Syria: US Military, Political Goals Must Align The HillJanuary 4, 2019
Is Iran's Influence in Iraq Growing, or Has It Reached a Plateau? The Jerusalem PostJanuary 2, 2019
A Year of Tyranny and Murder The Jerusalem PostDecember 27, 2018
Turkey and EU: Can this Marriage be Saved? Gatestone InstituteDecember 27, 2018
If Trump Wants to Divide Jerusalem into Three danielpipes.orgDecember 24, 2018
The Great Turkish Brain Drain Gatestone InstituteDecember 19, 2018
Qatar's Doha Forum Gives Iran a Platform in Post-ISIS Middle East The Jerusalem PostDecember 18, 2018
Iran, Turkey, Russia Threaten Israel in Eastern Mediterranean The Jerusalem PostDecember 17, 2018
What's Behind Sudanese Presidential Al-Bashar Going to Meet Syria's Assad The Jerusalem PostDecember 17, 2018
Is The Khashoggi Affair Spotlighting Israel? The Jerusalem PostDecember 13, 2018
Israel and the Yazidis The Jerusalem PostNovember 26, 2018
World Vision, Come Clean - A Rebuttal November 26, 2018
The Depths to Which the Oslo Process Has Driven Israel The AlgemeinerNovember 20, 2018
Why Erdoğan's Charm Offensive Falls Flat Gatestone InstituteNovember 15, 2018
In the Middle East, You Win with Fear Israel HayomNovember 13, 2018
Iran as a 'Crazy State' New English ReviewNovember 1, 2018
Turkey and Qatar: An Alliance Under the Saudi Sword Gatestone InstituteOctober 29, 2018
Oman Visit Only Latest Point of Support for Israel Jerusalem PostOctober 28, 2018
Leveraging Murder for Political Ambition: The Turkish and Qatari Way Jerusalem PostOctober 27, 2018
The Whitewashing of Jamal Khashoggi, Friend of Osama Bin Laden Jewish News SyndicateOctober 23, 2018
Is Israel's Position in Region as Secure as It Looks? Jerusalem PostOctober 22, 2018
Reign of Terror in Saudi Arabia Toronto SunOctober 16, 2018
A Missing Journalist Has Created a Window of Opportunity National InterestOctober 15, 2018
Middle East Divided on Nikki Haley's Legacy Jerusalem PostOctober 10, 2018
Too Many Agendas in Gaza Preventing Quiet Jerusalem PostOctober 6, 2018
Israel's War with Iran Is Inevitable Jerusalem PostOctober 4, 2018
Erdoğan Visit Highlights Germany's Turkey/Russia Problem Gatestone InstituteOctober 3, 2018
Iran Lashes out in Aftermath of Ahvaz Jerusalem PostSeptember 23, 2018
British Anti-ISIS fighter Sentenced in Turkey for "Terrorism" Jerusalem PostSeptember 17, 2018
25 Years Later: the Poisoned Chalice of the Oslo Accords Jerusalem PostSeptember 13, 2018
Iran's Attack on Kurds Is a Message to Washington, Riyadh and Jerusalem Jerusalem PostSeptember 9, 2018
Iranian Artillery Targets Kurdish Groups in Iraq Jerusalem PostSeptember 8, 2018
Ungovernable Iraq: Baghdad Can't Form a Government Months after Election Jerusalem PostSeptember 5, 2018
Iran's Power Play Shows Depth of Missile Threat Jerusalem PostSeptember 2, 2018
Trump's Fake Allies in the Gulf Gatestone InstituteAugust 24, 2018
The Future of Eastern Syria and the Israeli Interest Jerusalem PostAugust 15, 2018
The Druze, the Balance, and Israel's Unbalanced Right Jerusalem PostAugust 5, 2018
Syrian Activists: 'Ahed Tamimi Lucky Not to Be Imprisoned by Assad Regime' Jerusalem PostJuly 31, 2018
Whitewashing Far-Right Parties in the Middle East Jerusalem PostJuly 30, 2018
Turkey: New System, Old One-Man Show BESA CenterJuly 30, 2018
Turkey Makes Its Mark on the World Cup: The 2018 Turkish Election Results Explained Sigma Insight TurkeyJuly 25, 2018
Did Someone Say 'An Apartheid State'? Sigma Insight TurkeyJuly 24, 2018
Party of One: Even the Arabs Are Sick of Erdoğan Gatestone InstituteJuly 23, 2018
America Shouldn't Accept 'Illiberal Democracy' in the Middle East Washington ExaminerMarch 10, 2018
A New Era at the State Department? Modern DiplomacyMarch 1, 2018
The Middle East: In the Shadow of the Gunmen PJ MediaApril 4, 2015
The Simple Wisdom of Arab Dictators FrontPageMagazine.comFebruary 7, 2014
Do 'Syria,' 'Iraq' and 'Lebanon' Still Exist? The TowerFebruary 2014
American Islamist Groups Shape Arab Revolutions FrontPageMagazine.comJuly 31, 2012
Tunisian Elections and the Road to the Caliphate Jihad WatchOctober 27, 2011
Qatar's Sunni Side The American SpectatorOctober 25, 2011
Gaddafi Dead - So What? Pajamas MediaOctober 22, 2011
Is American Support for Middle Eastern Dissidents the Kiss of Death? AEI Middle Eastern OutlookDecember 5, 2006
Arabs Disavow Hizbullah Jerusalem PostJuly 26, 2006
Fight for Mideast democracy faltering Philadelphia InquirerJuly 14, 2006
The Middle East's real bane: corruption Daily Star (Beirut)November 18, 2005
From Baghdad to Beirut, Arab Leaders Being Held To Account ForwardOctober 28, 2005
Iraq and the Democratization of the Middle East La Rivoluzione Democratica Contro Il TerrorismoOctober 14, 2005
"The Arafat Model" National ReviewSeptember 12, 2005
Let Iraq handle Sunnis Baltimore SunMay 10, 2005
The U.N. at 60 Philadelphia Daily NewsApril 26, 2005
That Occupation Feeling National Review OnlineApril 18, 2005
Can Hezbollah and Hamas Be Democratic? New York SunMarch 22, 2005
A Neo-Conservative's Caution New York SunMarch 8, 2005
Will Washington Support Democracy in Iran? JCPA Jerusalem Issue BriefFebruary 13, 2005
Iraq has voted Wall Street JournalJanuary 31, 2005
A Fresh Start National Review OnlineJanuary 28, 2005
Democracy on the Wing Washington PostJanuary 26, 2005
Islamophobia's Big Day at the UN FrontPageMagazine.comDecember 15, 2004
Vacancy National Review OnlineDecember 10, 2004
Tapping the hornets' nest HaaretzDecember 10, 2004
Support the lesser evil [in Saudi Arabia] The AustralianMay 31, 2004
After Saddam? Remaking the Mideast New York PostFebruary 11, 2003
Middle East Had Bright Spots But Dark Clouds Forming Philadelphia InquirerJanuary 9, 1994
Articles in Middle East Quarterly
Title Publication Date
Rethinking the "Arab Spring": Winners and Losers Middle East QuarterlySummer 2021
Rethinking the "Arab Spring": Just a Media Event? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2021
Can an Indonesian Model Work in the Middle East? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2013
The Arab League Comes Alive Middle East QuarterlySummer 2012
The Arab Uprisings' Impact Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2012
Weakening Washington's Middle East Influence Middle East QuarterlySummer 2011
Hala Mustafa and the Liberal Arab Predicament Middle East QuarterlySpring 2010
Is the Military Bulwark against Islamism Collapsing? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2009
Turkey's Military Is a Catalyst for Reform Middle East QuarterlySummer 2009
The Costs of Relying on Aging Dictators Middle East QuarterlySummer 2008
Are Muslim Countries Less Democratic? Middle East QuarterlyFall 2007
Dissident Watch: Abdul Karim Nabil Sulayman Middle East QuarterlySpring 2007
Middle East Strongmen, Ancient and Modern Middle East QuarterlySpring 2007
Can There Be an Islamic Democracy? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2007
Arab Politics: Back to Futility Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2007
Quantifying Arab Democracy Middle East QuarterlySummer 2006
Democratize but Stabilize Middle East QuarterlySummer 2006
Arab Liberals Argue about America Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2006
Dissident Watch: Ayman Nour Middle East QuarterlySummer 2005
"The Hell of Israel Is Better than the Paradise of Arafat" Middle East QuarterlySpring 2005
Arab Liberals: Prosecute Clerics Who Promote Murder Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2005
Nation and Assassination in the Middle East Middle East QuarterlySummer 2004
After Arafat Middle East QuarterlySpring 2004
20/20 Vision? The Middle East to 2020 Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
The Decline of the Arabs Middle East QuarterlyFall 2003
How Stable Are They? The CIA Speaks Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2003
Requiem for Arab Nationalism Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2003
Those Young Arab Muslims and Us Middle East QuarterlyFall 2002
Iraq and Syria: The Dilemma of Dynasty Middle East QuarterlySpring 2002
Israel's Parliamentary Intifada Middle East QuarterlySpring 2002
The Ulema: Middle Eastern Power Brokers Middle East QuarterlyFall 2001
Want Democracy? Get a King Middle East QuarterlyDecember 2000
Can Democracy Prevail? Middle East QuarterlyMarch 2000
The Palestinian Authority, a Hybrid Creation Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1999
Mohammed Al Khilewi: "Saudi Arabia Is Trying to Kill Me" Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1998
What Brings Peace, Wealth or Democracy? Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1998
Osama El-Baz: "Expect Arab-Israeli Peace in Two Years" Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1997
Why Radical Muslims Aren't Taking over Governments Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1997
Boutros Boutros-Ghali: "I Support the Algerian Government" Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1997
Will the Gulf Monarchies Work Together? Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1997
Socialism's Last Defender Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1996
On the Road: Russia and the Arabs Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1995
Why Turkey Is the only Muslim Democracy Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1994
Title Publication Date
Revolutionary Life: The Everyday of the Arab Spring Middle East QuarterlySummer 2022
Striking from the Margins: State, Religion and Devolution of Authority in the Middle East Middle East QuarterlySpring 2022
A Political Economy of the Middle East Middle East QuarterlySpring 2016
Transition towards Revolution and Reform: The Arab Spring Realised? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2015
Assessing MENA Political Reform, Post-Arab Spring: Mediators and Microfoundations Middle East QuarterlySummer 2015
Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism Middle East QuarterlyFall 2011
The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2011
Beyond the Façade: Political Reform in the Arab World Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2011
The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations Middle East QuarterlySummer 2010
A Political Economy of the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2010
The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East CommentarySeptember 2009
Freedom's Unsteady March: America's Role in Building Arab Democracy Middle East QuarterlySummer 2009
Arab Politics, Palestinian Nationalism, and the Six Day War Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2009
Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies: A Reference Guide Middle East QuarterlyFall 2008
Contemporary Politics in the Middle East Middle East QuarterlySummer 2008
Beyond the Arab Disease: New Perspectives in Politics and Culture Middle East QuarterlySummer 2007
Arab Reform and Foreign Aid: Lessons from Morocco Middle East QuarterlySummer 2007
Employment Creation and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa Middle East QuarterlySummer 2004
Arab Economic Integration: Between Hope and Reality Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
The Middle East in 2015: The Impact of Regional Trends on U.S. Strategic Planning Middle East QuarterlySummer 2003
The State and Global Change: The Political Economy of Transition in the Middle East and North Africa Middle East QuarterlyFall 2002
Middle East Politics Today: Government and Civil Society Middle East QuarterlyFall 2002
Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyFall 2002
1979: The Year that Shaped the Modern Middle East Middle East QuarterlyFall 2002
Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East Middle East QuarterlySummer 2002
A Grand Delusion: Democracy and Economic Reform in Egypt Middle East QuarterlySummer 2002
L'Islamisme: une révolution avortée? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2002
Economic Development and Political Reform: The Impact of External Capital on the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2002
Religion and State: The Muslim Approach to Politics Middle East QuarterlyFall 2001
Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats, and the New Politics of Islam Middle East QuarterlyFall 2001
Economic Policy and Performance in the Arab World Middle East QuarterlySpring 2001
Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1999
A Brutal Friendship: The West and the Arab Elite Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1998
Post-Marxism and the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyJune 1998
Defiant Dictatorships: Communist and Middle-Eastern Dictatorships in a Democratic Age Middle East QuarterlyJune 1998
A Blood-Dimmed Tide: Dispatches from the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyJune 1998
The Price of Wealth: Economics and Institutions in the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1998
Population, Poverty, and Politics in Middle East Cities Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1998
Instability and Conflict in the Middle East: People, Petroleum and Security Threats Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1997
Middle East Contemporary Survey, Volume XVII, 1993 Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1996
Circle of Fear: My Life as an Israeli and Iraqi Spy Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1996
The Quest for Hegemony in the Arab World: The Struggle over the Baghdad Pact Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1995
Bitter Legacy: Ideology and Politics in the Arab World Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1995
The Politics of Miscalculation in the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyJune 1994
Audio, Video and Transcripts
Title Publication Date
The Changing Middle East: An Insider's Perspective MEF WireNovember 14, 2011
Does the Arab World Truly Want a "Palestine"? MEF WireJanuary 25, 2011
Can Arabs Be Democrats? MEF WireDecember 9, 2005
Terror and Democracy in the Middle East MEF WireMay 20, 2004
MEF in the Media
Title Publication Date
A Tour of the Middle East with MEF's Jonathan Spyer The Times of IsraelJune 9, 2023
The Genesis of the Trump Plan Lies in the Israeli Left | An Interview with Efraim Inbar Fathom JournalFebruary 2020
Title Publication Date
Turkey and Qatar Support Hamas: How to Respond? Middle East Forum WebinarOctober 27, 2023
Daniel Pipes on The Oslo Accords: Lessons Learned Middle East Forum WebinarSeptember 13, 2023
Nicholas Damask: A College Professor's Victory Over CAIR Middle East Forum WebinarJanuary 6, 2023
Diliman Abdulkader on Finding Peace and Stability for the Kurds Middle East Forum WebinarDecember 16, 2022
Joshua Teitelbaum on Israel and the Persian Gulf: Dawn of a New Era Middle East Forum WebinarOctober 31, 2022
Danielle Pletka: Is the Middle East Being 'Qatarized'? Middle East Forum WebinarOctober 28, 2022
Jason Greenblatt: Why Trump's Middle East Diplomacy Succeeded Middle East Forum WebinarAugust 5, 2022
Paul Miller: What Does Just War Theory Say about the Middle East? Middle East Forum WebinarMarch 25, 2022
Walid Phares on Iran Bombs Abu Dhabi: Why It Matters Middle East Forum WebinarFebruary 4, 2022
Wafa Sultan on Ex-Muslims Today Middle East Forum WebinarJanuary 7, 2022