A Humiliated Arab World Turns to Islamism

Published in the Jewish Chronicle. During the 1950s and 60s, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser guided and shaped Arab public opinion. Nasser emerged as the undisputed leader of the Arab world by championing pan-Arabism — a secular ideology that advocated Arab unity and freedom from Western influence. It also championed the liberation of Palestine, a euphemism … More A Humiliated Arab World Turns to Islamism

Nasser’s Legacy on the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War

Published in BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 472. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Egypt under Gamal Abdel Nasser once shaped and guided Arab public opinion. Cairo was the capital of the Middle East, and Nasser’s secular pan-Arab ideology challenged the West, Israel, and other Arab states. Nasser’s Egypt showed how a developing country with a large population could persevere … More Nasser’s Legacy on the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War

Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel

I am thrilled to announce the release of my first book, Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel. Gamal Abdel Nasser was arguably one of the most influential Arab leaders in history. As President of Egypt from 1956 to 1970, he could have achieved a peace agreement with Israel, yet he preferred to … More Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel

Egyptian Attitudes Toward the Yemen War

Published in Your Middle East. On March 25, Saudi Arabia led a pan-Arab military campaign in Yemen known as “Decisive Storm” to expel the Iranian-backed Houthis, who seized control of the country in January after deposing President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. While much has been said about Sunni-Shia sectarianism, the conflict should really be viewed … More Egyptian Attitudes Toward the Yemen War

White House Needs to Support Egypt and Jordan With a Consistent Anti-Terrorism Strategy

Published in the Huffington Post. Supporting Jordan’s counterterrorism strategy and not Egypt’s is short-sighted and counterproductive in the long-term struggle to defeat ISIS. Egypt and Jordan, both of whom are close U.S. allies, are on the front lines in a global war against terrorism. Jordan supported the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition after the Sept. 2014 NATO … More White House Needs to Support Egypt and Jordan With a Consistent Anti-Terrorism Strategy