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April 17, 2014

United States
Saudi Intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who stepped down this week (Bourg/Courtesy Reuters). This Week: Syria’s Fighting and Spillover Into Lebanon and Jordan

Significant Developments Syria. Regime fighters reportedly made significant progress against opposition forces in Homs this week, as Syrian military forces began entering rebel districts on Monday, …

February 13, 2014

Israel
Syria's UN ambassador Bashar Ja'afari (R) talks with Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin before members of the United Nations Security Council take part in a vote on a resolution eradicating Syria's chemical arsenal during a Security Council meeting during the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York September 27, 2013 (Bedford/Courtesy Reuters). This Week: Syria’s Machinations, Egypt’s Presidency, and Iran’s Bravado

Significant Developments Syria. Russia today presented a draft resolution on Syrian humanitarian aid access that includes a condemnation of “terrorism” to the UN Security Council. Yesterday, Russian…

June 21, 2013

Iran
WeekendReadingJUNE21 Weekend Reading: Iran’s New President, "Arab Idol" Star, and Syria’s Civil War

Hossein Hafezian comments on why analysts failed to predict Rouhani’s win in Iran’s presidential elections and what to expect from his presidency. Dalia Hatuqa examines the cultural, symbolic, and p…

October 15, 2013

Pakistan
No Exit from Pakistan

The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes.

June 19, 2008

Iran
Religion and Politics in Iran

Religion’s place in the Iranian political system has long been debated among scholars, but a president who blurs the line has refocused attention on the topic

October 19, 2012

Israel
Hossein Salami, acting commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, speaks during Tehran's Friday prayers (Nikoubazl/Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters: Quotes of the Week

“An attack by the Zionist regime would be an opportunity to destroy that regime…Their defense mechanism is not planned for big and long wars. Their threats are only psychological and if they cross th…

October 26, 2012

Iran
Waiting on Iran Nuclear Talks

The drawn-out talks between Iran and the P5 +1 nations over Iran’s nuclear program are expected to resume after the U.S. presidential elections, says veteran arms control expert Daryl Kimball.

August 28, 2012

International Organizations
Iranian protesters flash victory signs during Friday prayers at a university in Tehran Guest Post: Iran’s Must-See Sites for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Below is a guest post by Felice Gaer and Christen Broecker. Gaer and Broecker are, respectively, director and associate director of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights. …

June 14, 2012

Israel
 A protester shouts in front of police outside the Supreme Constitutional Court, where a decision is expected on the validity of the law passed by the Islamist-led parliament that sought to bar Ahmed Shafik in Cairo June 14, 2012 (Suhaib Salem/Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Parliamentary Annulment and Increased Tensions over Syria

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court today deemed unconstitutional both the law governing the country’s recent parliamentary elections and the “Political …

December 16, 2011

Middle East Matters This Week: Iraq Withdrawal While Russia Gets Tough Middle East Matters This Week: Iraq Withdrawal While Russia Gets Tough

  Soldiers at Fort Bragg take pictures as President Obama speaks during his visit to North Carolina on December 14, 2011. The visit is seen as a symbolic end to the war in Iraq (Kevin Lamarque/Court…