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November 21, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Fatah Fades Away

It is about one week before the Seventh General Congress of the Fatah party in Ramallah. 1,400 members will participate, but very few people outside Fatah care. As Avi Issacharoff writes in an excell…

August 4, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Fatah Attacks Dahlan, Dahlan Attacks Fatah Fatah Attacks Dahlan, Dahlan Attacks Fatah

Palestinian cabinet minister Mohammed Dahlan waves after returning to Gaza from treatment abroad October 22, 2005 (Mohammed Salem/Courtesy REUTERS). For many years Mohammed Dahlan was the top securi…

February 13, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Iran women protests Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering February 3 to February 13, was compiled w…

September 26, 2013

Iran
Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, discusses Iranian foreign policy.

January 17, 2018

Israel
Adnan Abidi/Reuters Is Israel’s International Isolation Diminishing?

Votes against Israel at the United Nations over the decades seem to indicate it is a pariah nation, but the country’s expanding bilateral ties tell a different story.

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.

January 2, 2018

Iran
Getty Images The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Doomed

But things are likely to get much, much worse before they—eventually—get better.

April 29, 2011

The Dangerous Agreement Between Fatah and Hamas

The agreement between Fatah and Hamas may break down, as previous agreements have. But the deal recently announced will nevertheless do grave harm to the chances for peace. It brings into doubt the w…

April 27, 2011

Khaled Meshal, leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. A Hamas-Fatah Coalition?

Left: Khaled Meshal, leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas (Khaled Al Hariri/Courtesy Reuters). Right: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters). There are new…