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
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
Thank you to everyone who attended the talk on my new and timely book, Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel. Hosted by the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, the evening included an intimate Q&A discussion on the analysis of the book, and lessons learned for the contemporary period. Watch the clip … More Nasser’s Peace Event Video
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
Published in the College of Charleston Department of History. College of Charleston had a profound impact on my understanding and appreciation for history in general and Middle Eastern studies in particular. I am a South Carolina native and have always been fascinated in history and foreign affairs, ever since a family trip to the Middle … More What Can You Do with a CofC History Degree?
Published in Your Middle East. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, leader of the largest Arab nation during the 1950s and 1960s, was one of the most popular and charismatic statesmen of the twentieth century. In his 1954 memoir, The Philosophy of the Revolution, Nasser claimed that Egypt’s unique geography and historical legacy enhanced its ability … More Arab Decline and Iran’s Rising Influence
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
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