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Middle East & North Africa Studies

Added December 08, 2011
Type: Monograph
The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry and the Future of Middle East Security. Authored by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill.
Saudi Arabia and Iran have often behaved as serious rivals for influence in the Middle East and especially the Gulf area since at least Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. While both nations define themselves as Islamic, the differences between their foreign policies could hardly be more dramatic. Recently, the rivalry between Riyadh and Tehran has intensified and been reflected in their policies involving a number of regional states including Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, and others.
Added September 30, 2011
Type: Monograph
Presidential Succession Scenarios in Egypt and Their Impact on U.S.-Egyptian Strategic Relations. Authored by Gregory Aftandilian.
This monograph explores the critical question of who might succeed President Hosni Mubarak by examining various succession scenarios in Egypt. Given the extensive political, security, and economic ties between the United States and Egypt, the monograph also examines the policy implications of each of these scenarios and makes recommendations for U.S. policymakers.
Added May 19, 2011
Type: Monograph
Rebuilding Armed Forces: Learning from Iraq and Lebanon. Authored by Dr. Florence Gaub.
Learning from the armed forces of Iraq and Lebanon might not seem the first instinct when it comes to improving post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Yet, the two cases offer useful insight into these processes, what to avoid and what to emphasize.
Added March 09, 2011
Type: Monograph
India in Africa: Implications of an Emerging Power for AFRICOM and U.S. Strategy. Authored by Dr. J. Peter Pham.
Little attention has been given to the fact that India is fast becoming one of Africa’s most important partners, not just in the economic realm but also in the political and security sectors. The author argues that, in the context of the broader U.S.-India strategic partnership as well as America’s specific interests in Africa, the United States should welcome India’s contributions to and engage with India on the African continent.
Added January 27, 2011
Type: Monograph
The Conflicts in Yemen and U.S. National Security. Authored by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill.
Yemen is not currently a failed state, but it is experiencing huge political and economic problems that can have a direct impact on U.S. interests in the region. More recently, Yemen has also emerged as one of the most important theaters for the struggle against al-Qaeda. Under these circumstances, advancing U.S. interests by helping the Yemenis is a major foreign policy challenge that must be addressed by U.S. strategic leaders.