Kuwait Chair Professor Edward "Skip" Gnehm was quoted in an article appearing in the Washington Diplomat that discussed the recently leaked dissent memo objecting to the Trump administration's travel ban. While noting the inevitiability of the memo's eventual leaking, the former ambassador noted the potential for public circulation of the memo to undercut the purpose of the State Department's dissent channel.
In a recent article for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Diwan blog, POMEPS Director Marc Lynch describes the divergent reactions of regimes in the Middle East and the Arab public following the January 27 executive order on immigration. Despite considerable opprobrium in the Arab public spheres, many leaders remained silent toward the policies, mirroring pre-2011 efforts to highlight the regimes' roles as security partners of the US.
POMEPS Director Marc Lynch's paper for the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace analyzes how Islamist parties in the Arab world have responded to the current political climate they are facing in their respective countries. Dr. Lynch writes that these movements have generally adapted to their local contexts, and therefore should be understood as rational actors that can change their strategies to respond to political realities. In the current context of increasing restrictions on Islamist movements in the region and the emergence of ISIS, state responses to Islamist political aspirations may help determine the future trajectory of these constituencies.
Professor Nathan Brown and Amr Hamzawy recently co-wrote an article for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog explaining the significance of a recent Egyptian court ruling overturning part of Egypt's protest law. The authors caution against an over-optimistic interpretation of the ruling's potential to liberalize Egyptian politics.
POMEPS Director and Professor Marc Lynch was cited in a New York Times article, "How the Iranian-Saudi Proxy Struggle Tore Apart the Middle East." Dr. Lynch contributed his analysis of the ability of the US to cool the conflict between the two powers, the historical roots of Iran's feeling of insecurity in the region, and the next administration's likely approach to the region.
The Christian Science Monitor recently interviewed IMES Director Nathan Brown on the decision by an Egyptian court to overturn former president Muhammad Morsi's death sentence. Dr. Brown provided his observations on the process by which judges are selected to rule on cases associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, a process which some have said contributes to the high number of death sentences for figures in the political opposition.