It is difficult to watch the West make believe it is doing much about the humanitarian situation inside Syria or about the political situation, indeed about anything inside Syria. But we comfort ourselves in the belief that we are a virtuous people helping millions as we continue to lack a serious resolution of the unending violence.READ MORE
“The military's reputation is bound up with an el-Sissi presidency,” TCF senior fellow Michael Wahid Hanna told the Associated Press on Wednesday. General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the once-unknown head of Egypt’s powerful military, seems increasingly likely to win the Egyptian presidency. Read the full article.
"Egypt has dropped significantly on an American list of priorities in the region," Michael Wahid Hanna told the Huffington Post. "It [Egypt] just doesn't rate," Hanna continued. Hanna's remarks follow on the heels of President Obama's failure to mention the country in his most recent State of the Union address. Read the full piece.
“The United States and like-minded countries will soon have to make up their minds on how to keep millions of Syrians going,” writes TCF senior fellow Morton Abramowitz at The National Interest. There are currently nearly three million refugees of Syria’s civil war, and with no end in sight, the U.S. must decide how to cope with the ongoing issue.
TCF senior fellow Michael Wahid Hanna tells the New York Times that if Syrian cease-fires are to become the start of a peace process, “they must offer rebel-held areas meaningful local autonomy and be enforced by Russia with the same muscle it applied to the chemical deal.” Read the full piece at the Times.
The United States has adopted a cautious and often unclear policy in reaction to the past year’s tumultuous events in Egypt. This stance is due to the complicated nature of Egypt’s ongoing political transition and the shifting nature of regional power dynamics in the Middle East. President Barack Obama and his administration have understood that the key centers of power inside of the country and the regional actors that attempt to support and shape trends in the country are driving the events on the ground.READ MORE
In the first years of the new century, an assertive foreign policy took a toll on the cultivated role of the U.S. as a responsible global leader. The Century Foundation's work in this area provides perspective on the international difficulties the U.S. is facing today, while providing policy recommendations to promote the nation's security interests. Our research and analysis focuses on effectively responding to challenges in the Middle East and Pakistan, as well as responding to international crime.
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