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Defeating the Islamic State: A war mired in contradictions

US president Donald J. Trump’s vow to defeat what he terms radical Islamic terrorism forces the United States to maneuver the Middle East and North Africa’s murky world of ever shifting alliances and labyrinth of power struggles within power struggles. The pitfalls are complex and multiple. They range from differences within the 68-member anti-Islamic State …

James Dorsey

Trump pressured to confront Pakistan on support for militants

Pressure on the Trump administration is mounting to adopt a tougher position towards Pakistani support of militants in Afghanistan as well as in Pakistan itself. The pressure comes from a chorus of voices that include the US military, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, and influential Washington-based think-tanks. The calls for a …

James Dorsey

Too early to predict US foreign investments policy: Nafea

In spite of the harmony between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and US president Donald Trump, economic experts believe that it’s hard to guarantee bilateral relations are going to improve and that Trump’s good personal relation with Al-Sisi doesn’t mean economic relations will improve. According to Trump’s statements, which voice his putting America first to …

Hisham Salah

Tackling Iran: Trump fuels the fire

The Trump administration risks fuelling sectarianism across the Muslim world and exacerbating multiple conflicts that are ripping the Middle East and North Africa apart by singling out Iran rather than tackling root causes. Iran moved into president Donald J. Trump’s firing line when his national security advisor, Michael Flynn, an anti-Iran hawk, put the Islamic …

James Dorsey

The “Trump” virus takes over the American system

An individual in the face of an institution is one of the most prominent dilemmas in politics. With an individual’s decisions, creativity, and innovative solutions come, and may be resisted by institutions. With an individual’s decisions, wrong decisions that must be limited by institutions may also come. Institutionalism means the multiplicity of decision-making authorities and …

Moataz Bellah Abdel-Fattah