October 7, 2012 | 3:50 am
Lee Smith of Tablet Magazine asks four experts how the president, post-November, should prioritize his Mideast policy.
The United States needs to start a race to the top in the Middle East, incentivizing creative approaches in modern education and modern democratic institution-building. Now that we have finished the fun part—bringing down nasty dictators—here’s where the really difficult part begins, in building a new model for consensual politics.
Egyptian-Iranian relations have been slowly developing, but this in itself may not guarantee normalisation, writes Dina Ezzat in Al-Ahram.
Egypt has still been reluctant to accept an Iranian offer of what would otherwise be much-needed investment in the country. The decline was prompted by an Egyptian decision to avoid going too far in soliciting rapprochement with Iran at the expense of US discomfort.
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