Ilan Berman: Egypt’s population bomb

Ilan Berman: Egypt’s population bomb

By Ilan Berman It’s the most important Middle Eastern news story that no one is talking about. Earlier this Fall, Egypt’s state statistics agency, the Central Agency for Popular Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), formally released the findings of its 2016 national census. The results shed important new light on the challenges now confronting the government of president […]

Ilan Berman: US would be wise to prepare for EMP attacks on its cities

Ilan Berman: US would be wise to prepare for EMP attacks on its cities

By Ilan Berman Imagine that a hostile nation – say, North Korea – fires a nuclear-tipped missile at the United States. The missile detonates in the upper atmosphere above a major American city such as Los Angeles, releasing a cascade of charged electrons that damages and destroys all technology and electrical systems within line-of-sight of […]

Ilan Berman: Toward a new Uzbekistan

Ilan Berman: Toward a new Uzbekistan

By Ilan Berman You could call it “Extreme Makeover: Central Asian Edition.” Today, among the five post-Soviet republics that make up the region, there are heartening signs of political dynamism and a newfound drive for integration. At the center of these changes is the Republic of Uzbekistan, which has launched a far-reaching program to reform […]

Ilan Berman: The Russian war on terror

Ilan Berman: The Russian war on terror

By Ilan Berman Which country ranks as the largest source of foreign fighters for the Islamic State’s “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq? That dubious distinction doesn’t belong to a Middle Eastern state, despite the fact that countries such as Saudi Arabia have historically been major contributors of radicals to the Islamic State’s ranks. Nor is […]

Ilan Berman: President Trump takes a wise middle course on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Ilan Berman: President Trump takes a wise middle course on the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Ilan Berman In his policy speech last Friday, President Trump did not scrap the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, as some prominent conservative thinkers had suggested he should. Nor did he simply leave the deal intact, as proponents of the agreement had previously counseled. Instead, the president charted a middle way intended to give America greater […]

Ilan Berman: Prague’s eastward turn

Ilan Berman: Prague’s eastward turn

By Ilan Berman Since its emergence from the wreckage of the Soviet Union more than a quarter-century ago, the Czech Republic has consistently ranked as a success story of post-totalitarian transition. Unlike that of many of its neighbors in Central and Eastern Europe, Prague’s path toward democracy has been more or less linear, cresting in […]

Ilan Berman: Why Trump will not allow the Iran deal to stand

Ilan Berman: Why Trump will not allow the Iran deal to stand

By Ilan Berman Those who support the Obama administration’s landmark nuclear deal with Iran are nervous, and for good reason. In his Sept. 19 address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump gave what was perhaps the clearest signal to date that he has no plans to recertify the agreement (formally known as the Joint […]

Ilan Berman: Making sense of Russian strategy in Syria

Ilan Berman: Making sense of Russian strategy in Syria

By Ilan Berman What shapes Russia’s calculus in the Syrian theater? Since its formal decision to intervene in the Syrian civil war in September 2015, the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin has become a guarantor of the stability of the Assad regime, as well as a key power broker in any conceivable solution to […]

Ilan Berman: Common cause against the Kurds

Ilan Berman: Common cause against the Kurds

By Ilan Berman An odd partnership is taking shape in the Middle East, where Iran and Turkey – two countries that have historically been strategic competitors – are suddenly making common cause. The development is as unusual as it is significant. As the scholar Daniel Pipes has noted, the relationship between Turkey and Iran might just […]

Ilan Berman: President Trump puts Pakistan on notice in Afghanistan speech

Ilan Berman: President Trump puts Pakistan on notice in Afghanistan speech

By Ilan Berman President Trump’s prime time address on Monday did more than simply chart a new course for America’s military engagement in Afghanistan. It also marked a fresh approach to one of the most intractable problems that has confronted the United States since the start of the “war on terror”: the duplicitous and dangerous role played […]

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