By losing our influence with Cairo, the United States is on a path to becoming marginalized in this critical part of the world. Leaders in other American allies, including Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are frustrated by Washington's unwillingness to assist itself in the Middle East.
Whether it is the current state of affairs in Egypt, the war in Syria, or the new administration in Iran, the geo-political reaction signifies much larger global changes than is obvious in each of the events itself.
In Jehane Noujaim's documentary The Square, the Egyptian revolution is finally explained in a clear, wonderfully intimate and non-condescending way.
Artist: Lin Evola Managing Principal, Rêverie Arts Gallery: Derek Cabaniss Photo credit: Reagan D. Pufall ""1962 No. 2" | 30" x 22" | wat...
The Obama administration's decision to impose sanctions on Egypt's military-appointed government following the killing of 51 anti-military protestors in Egypt illustrates the U.S.' limited leverage on one of its closest allies in the Middle East and North Africa.
"The situation in Egypt in terms of the objective, day-to-day circumstances of living, have been difficult for a long time and they became more difficult after the revolution and removal of Mubarak. But returning to the security state is precisely the wrong answer."
The news is full of the words and sightings of the brilliant Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his somewhat mercurial President Vladimir Putin. Clearly Russia seems back. But, is this for real or only a temporary interlude?
While Hagel clearly has his views of the world informed in part by a lifetime as a card-carrying Republican, he has shown himself to be the 'quiet do-er,' just getting things done.
Those who shape public opinion - and in particular Western public opinion - really need to watch the documentary film "The Square" (Al-Midan), so that...
Now, after more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands more uprooted from their homes or taking refuge in Turkey and Jordan, the muddled situation is becoming clearer.
The Obama administration did not invoke the "coup" clause in the Foreign Aid Bill, so it does not have to automatically cut off all foreign aid to Egypt, yet it announced the withholding of cash transfer of $260 million and some military shipments. A message was sent, but what exactly? To whom? Why now?
The excessive, concentrated wealth that extractions industries created has notoriously depressed the empowerment of millions of people throughout modern history. But oil politics and rivalries have an especially destructive retardation effect on freedom in the Middle East.
As the New York Film Festival kicked off its 51st year, African heritage films were few and far between, but exceptional.
The legacy of the 1973 war, which the Arabs call the Ramadan War, is more complex and poignantly relevant 40 years later.
Militant Egyptian soccer fans, a key player in Egypt's almost three year-old political rollercoaster, are fighting a battle for their existence in the...
It appears that Tunisians, like the Egyptians before them, have had enough of the Muslim Brotherhood party and want a change in direction in their country.