- Critical QuestionsMay 18, 2015
On Saturday US forces conducted a raid in Syria aimed at capturing a leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) known as Abu Sayyaf. Coming under fire during the mission, the commandos killed Abu Sayyaf and about dozen other fighters while also capturing Abu Sayyaf’s wife and seizing intelligence on how the organization operates.
- CommentaryMay 15, 2015
The declarations that follow summit meetings rarely disclose much of substance, and the declaration following the U.S.-GCC summit at Camp David is no exception.
- CommentaryMay 11, 2015
It’s hard not to read a strong message in the Saudi king’s last-minute decisions this past weekend. He declined a private meeting with President Obama at the White House, and also to join a summit at the president’s private retreat at Camp David. A consensus has been emerging that this is a snub, and it is hard to see it otherwise.
- Critical QuestionsApr 29, 2015
- BookApr 29, 2015
In this new edited volume from the CSIS Middle East Program, chapters analyze the region’s political, strategic, and economic realities in 2015, looking at both old and new challenges, how political actors are evolving, and how policymakers can think strategically about the region.
- NewsletterApr 29, 2015
- ReportBy Anthony H. Cordesman, with the assistance of Michael PeacockApr 28, 2015
There are many ways to measure the Gulf military balance, but one key indicator is to look at the relative size of Gulf military expenditures and the size and nature of Gulf arms imports and transfers of military technology. The Burke Chair has prepared a detailed comparison of key estimates of both military spending and arms transfers, drawing upon official sources as well as the work of
- ReportBy Ghaith al-OmariApr 24, 2015
In Chapter 9 of Rocky Harbors: Taking Stock of the Middle East in 2015, Ghaith al-Omari analyzes the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process.
- NewsletterBy Daniel TwiningApr 23, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping has just concluded an important state summit in Pakistan.
- NewsletterApr 20, 2015
Egypt has played an outsized role in the Arab world for centuries, and that role continues. Its population of 90 million dwarfs that of all of its neighbors, and its legions of teachers, lawyers, and physicians scattered throughout the Arab world (and the prevalence of Egyptian singers, movie stars, and newscasters on Arab airwaves) give almost every Arab a personal tie to the country.