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July 12, 2010

Simmering Technology Tensions

Photo courtesy of flickr/Chrystian Guy While much of the sturm and drang of the "big" issues in U.S.-China relations--Tibet, North Korea, Iran, and RMB revaluation among others--seems to have diss…

Simmering Technology Tensions

May 26, 2011

International Organizations
Giving Peacekeepers Their Due

* co-authored with my research associate, Rebecca R. Friedman With NATO operations in Libya entering their third month and no conclusion in sight, it is improbable that the civil war will resolve de…

June 20, 2011

International Organizations
U.S.-UN Relations: Back to the Future?

United Nations' Secretary General Kofi Annan meets with Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Jesse Helms in 1997 (Luc Novovitch/ Courtesy Reuters). Toxic partisanship on Capitol Hill. A loom…

U.S.-UN Relations: Back to the Future?

November 10, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012 Roundup: Michigan Debate and Romney on Iran

Republican candidates at last night's primary debate in Michigan. (Rebecca Cook/courtesy Reuters) Last night’s GOP presidential debate was primarily about the domestic economy. But it started o…

Republican candidates at last night’s primary debate in Michigan. (Rebecca Cook/courtesy Reuters)

March 12, 2012

Politics and Government
Egypt: Being Fayza Aboulnaga

On Saturday, the Washington Post published an op-ed under the byline of Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, Fayza Aboulnaga, titled, “Why Egypt moved against unregistered NGOs.”   The Mini…


June 1, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: This Week in Drones, Yemen, and Hollywood

Alexandra Gibb and Cameron Tulk, “A Drone Field Guide,” Canadian International Council, May 31, 2012. Ashton B. Carter, Speech to the American Enterprise Institute, May 30, 2012. Q: Since 9/11, as …

Yemen protesters

May 3, 2012

United States
The Wages of the Sinai

I remember in 2008 sitting in the office of Abdel Monem Said Aly who at the time was the director of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic Studies when the subject of the Sinai came up. It was a few mont…


July 13, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes, Threat Inflation, and Iran’s Military Power

Rebecca Hamilton, “Special Report: The Wonks Who Sold Washington on South Sudan,” Reuters, July 11, 2012. They called themselves the Council and gave each other clannish nicknames: the Emperor, the …

Yemen missile

August 6, 2012

Sinai Again

In light of Sunday’s events in which a dozen Egyptian policemen were killed near the Rafah border in addition to ongoing violence in Gaza, I am re-posting three pieces I have written on Sinai over th…


September 20, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Violence, Demonstrations, Evacuations, and Conciliation

Significant Middle East Developments Libya. U.S. deputy secretary of state William Burns flew into Tripoli today to meet with Libyan officials and to attend a ceremony in honor of Ambassador Chris S…

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters during a public appearance at an anti-U.S. protest in Beirut's southern suburbs on September 17, 2012 (Hasan Shaaban/Courtesy Reuters).