Eye on the Middle East and North Africa

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Experts from the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) are closely following developments throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In a series of reports and interviews, they cover a wide range of issues.

Iraq, Its Neighbors, and the United States

Iraq, Its Neighbors, and the United States

Thursday, December 1, 2011

By: Henri J. Barkey; Scott B. Lasensky; Phebe Marr; editors

Iraq, Its Neighbors, and the United States examines how Iraq's evolving political order affects its complex relationships with its neighbors and the United States. The book depicts a region unbalanced, shaped by new and old tensions, struggling with a classic collective action dilemma, and anxious about Iraq's political future, as well as America's role in the region, all of which suggest trouble ahead absent concerted efforts to promote regional cooperation. In the volume's case studies, acc...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

At USIP, Baker Calls for American 'Determination' on Mideast Peace

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

By: Thomas Omestad

Though there will be no breakthroughs on Middle East peace over the coming American election year, U.S. leaders will need to summon the “political will and determination” to again take up the vexing quest for an Arab-Israeli peace settlement when political conditions in the region allow, former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, told a conference at USIP on November 2, 2011.

Religion; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Turmoil in Syria: Reshaping the Middle East?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Institute invited leading experts from the U.S. and across the Middle East to identify key vectors of influence Syria’s neighbors are bringing to bear on the conflict; to forecast how the on-going conflict in Syria will affect the delicate and volatile regional balance of power; and to examine how the Syrian opposition and the Syria regime are factoring in regional and cross-border dynamics.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue