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December 5, 2012

Egypt
The Zionist Plot of Amr Moussa and Mohammed El Baradei

Those who wish to remain optimistic about political developments in Egypt must today contend with a most ridiculous yet still serious development. The new Prosecutor General, Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah…

May 29, 2012

Egypt
Morsi-not-Moussa Morsi Not Moussa?!?!?!?!

I blew it.  There is no other way of putting it.  The following two sentences from a CFR “Expert Brief” that I posted on May 21st are, without a doubt, my Scott Norwood moment: The declining fortune…

January 8, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
WestBankWall Israel Moves to Annex the West Bank—This Is How the Two-State Solution Dies

While the media focuses on Trump, Netanyahu imposes a “solution”: There will never be a Palestinian state.

January 5, 2018

Iran
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, is the second-longest-serving head of state in the Middle East. The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and responding to domestic calls for reform? A look at the government's organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

December 14, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Abbas and Jerusalem

The reaction to President Trump's decision on Jerusalem has varied widely in the Arab world. For example, the Saudi reaction has been moderate. It is well described by Rob Satloff in a report on his …

December 7, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Palestinian Violence is Not Spontaneous

There were widespread "predictions" that President Trump's decision on Jerusalem would "lead to violence." I use the quotation marks because many of those "predictions" were actually threats. When so…

December 6, 2017

Israel
The Israeli and American flags are projected on the walls surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City. What’s At Stake With the U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the embassy there could inspire protest and set back the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

August 25, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Did Mahmoud Abbas Just Resign?

There’s a bit of confusion about the recent "resignation" of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. What actually happened? Abbas wears three hats, as his predecessor and mentor Yasser Arafat did: head o…

October 4, 2005

Global Governance
Assassination of Moussa Arafat, former Palestinian Security Head

This publication is now archived. What does the murder of Moussa Arafat say about the status of Palestinian security service reform?The predawn September 7 attack that killed the 66-year-old former h…