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Qatar, Saudi Arabia Diverge in Battle to Shape Changing Middle East

Brian Katulis writes about the battle for political influence and legitimacy in the Middle East.

By Brian Katulis | Friday, May 31, 2013

Will Obama’s meeting with Turkey mean progress on Syria?

Brian Katulis writes about why President Obama's meeting with the leader of Turkey to discuss the conflict in Syria could mean progress on the response to it.

By Brian Katulis | Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Real Scandal in Libya: A Security Vacuum and New Terrorist Threats

Former Secretary of Defense Robert GatesThe attempts to conjure a political scandal out of the Benghazi tragedy prevent an honest debate about how to advance stability in Libya and the risks America should be asking its diplomats to take.

By Brian Katulis and Peter Juul | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Responding to the Assad Regime’s Likely Use of Chemical Weapons

Syrian refugeeThe United States should insist on an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to investigate the reports of the Assad regime’s likely chemical-weapons use and further solidify and accelerate NATO planning on issues regarding Syria.

By Peter Juul, Rudy deLeon, and Brian Katulis | Friday, April 26, 2013

5 Key Findings from CAP’s Recent Discussions in the Middle East

Benjamin Netanyahu article icon Issue Brief U.S. leadership remains crucial to achieving a lasting and peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

By Rudy deLeon, Brian Katulis, and Matthew Duss | Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Maintaining the Delicate Balancing Act in the Israel-Egypt Security Relationship

Gaza City explosionSecurity coordination between the two countries continues behind the scenes, but new security threats and political challenges loom ahead—which is why the United States needs to remain engaged on all fronts.

By Brian Katulis | Monday, March 11, 2013

Preparing U.S. Policy for the Next Phase of Egypt’s Transition

Egypt article icon Issue Brief To advance its interests and values in Egypt, the United States should more clearly support inclusive democratic political reform and prepare for possible policy shifts ahead.

By Brian Katulis, Ken Sofer, and Peter Juul | Friday, March 1, 2013

A New Phase for U.S. Policy on Syria

Syria demonstrationAdditional support for the Syrian opposition and regional coordination are urgently needed.

By Rudy deLeon, Michael Werz, and Brian Katulis, with Tom Perriello, Winnie Stachelberg, Peter Juul, and Ken Sofer | Thursday, February 28, 2013

Advancing U.S. Interests and Values at a Time of Change in Egypt

Egypt riotAs a series of crises threaten to undermine Egypt’s stability, the United States must continue to support it with a full range of policy tools.

By Brian Katulis, Peter Juul, and Ken Sofer | Thursday, January 31, 2013

Foreign Affairs Are Pivotal

Three news stories since President Obama’s re-election have offered hints of the foreign policy challenges he will face in his second term — the ongoing budget debate, Middle East turmoil diverting attention from a presidential trip to Asia and continued questions about a terrorist attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other […]

By Brian Katulis | Monday, December 3, 2012

The Dispatching of Secretary Clinton to the Middle East Is Welcome News

Iron DomeImmediately halting the violence is an imperative, but a ceasefire will endure only if Hamas refrains from targeting Israeli civilians.

By Brian Katulis and Peter Juul | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

U.S. Faces Challenges in Arab World, but Obama Is on Right Track

Overall, the Obama administration has developed effective responses to the political transitions that began in 2011 in the Middle East. But the United States faces many challenges navigating the threats and opportunities presented by continued changes in the years ahead.

By Brian Katulis | Thursday, September 27, 2012

Private Donors Need to Be More Involved

The recent pushback against American financing of democracy groups from leaders in Russia, Egypt and elsewhere should prompt Americans to craft new strategies, rather than leading to a retreat. Investments in civil organizations can pay off substantially. A study examining 67 different political transitions over three decades found that nonviolent civic forces from inside countries […]

By Brian Katulis | Monday, September 24, 2012

Statement from CAP Senior Fellow Brian Katulis on the Death of Ambassador Stevens in Libya

Chris StevensThe deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi requires our nation to stay on the offensive in the fight against extremists and remain engaged as a leader supporting change and reform in the Middle East.

By Brian Katulis | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Outlining a Diplomatic Strategy for Afghanistan’s Political Transition

article icon Issue Brief Jed Ober and Brian Katulis examine why the United States needs to better coordinate its Afghan policy from a diplomatic and political standpoint.

By Jed Ober and Brian Katulis | Thursday, August 16, 2012