- ReportFeb 8, 2016
It is now some 15 years since 9/11, the United States has not only conducted a constant campaign against terrorism since that time, but has been at war with violent Islamist extremists in Afghanistan, then Iraq, and then Syria.
- ReportFeb 5, 2016
IntroductionReportFeb 3, 2016
War is always a tragedy in human terms, but the four wars in the Middle East have raised the level of that tragedy to truly massive proportions. These costs are summarized in detail in a new analysis by the Burke Chair at CSIS entitled The Human Cost of War in the Middle East: A Graphic Overview.CommentaryFeb 1, 2016
Please note: This commentary has been updated to reflect a new briefing by a Department of Defense spokesman.NewsletterJan 20, 2016
It is hard not to be distracted in the Middle East. Wars rage in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Tens of millions have been forced from their homes. The memories of tear gas canisters flying in Egypt and Bahrain remain fresh. Young and inexperienced leaders have come on the scene and old and wizened leaders are reluctant to leave it despite diminishing faculties.CommentaryJan 17, 2016
The fact that the IAEA has found that Iran is in full compliance with the terms of Implementation Day is both a serious step forward in preventing a nuclear arms race in the Gulf and the Middle East, and a potential step forward in ending the tensions between Iran and the United States as well as Iran’s tensions with its Arab neighbors.ReportBy Haim MalkaJan 15, 2016
Morocco’s record over the last two decades demonstrates that widespread public protest can spur the monarchy to accelerate political reforms. Constitutional reforms in early 2011 helped stabilize Morocco at a time of spreading instability across the Middle East and North Africa.The U.S., the West, and Islam: The Real Meaning of ISIS's Expansion into Turkey, Afghanistan, and IndonesiaCommentaryJan 15, 2016
It is all too easy to react to each new terrorist attack by ISIS by focusing on that attack, on ISIS, and on terrorism, rather than the broader policy challenges involved.ReportJan 14, 2016
There is no easy way to provide an overview of all of the risks and issues that will shape the stability of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in 2016. Much of the news reporting and analysis of the Middle East seems to lurch from one crisis to another on the basis of whatever crisis has the most visibility on a given day.Critical QuestionsJan 14, 2016
Washington awoke on January 14 to news that a series of explosions and gunfire in the bustling Indonesian capital Jakarta, a city of more than 10 million, left at least seven dead and many more injured. Reports indicate that fighters linked to the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have claimed responsibility for the attacks.