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April 14, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on December 2, 2010. The Amir’s TV Station

Qatar's Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on December 2, 2010. (Louafi Larbi/Courtesy Reuters) The president’s meeting today with the Amir of Qatar offers a timely opportunity to take sto…

November 30, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Nabil Sha’ath and the Sad Story of Palestinian "Leadership"

Nabil Sha’ath has been a top Palestinian official for decades, serving as foreign minister, ambassador to the UN, planning minister, and in many other posts. He has been in the Fatah Party Central Co…

June 12, 2017

Qatar
A Palestinian man holds a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017. Untangling the Qatar Kerfuffle

Sure, the tiny gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region. 

February 3, 2015

Education
Students applaud as U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony in Worcester, Massachusetts June 11, 2014 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters). How to Get More Kids Into and Through College

This is a guest post by Amir Farokhi, CFR Term Member and COO, College Advising Corps. Imagine a leaking pipe is flooding your house. What would you do? You would patch it immediately. Yet, when it …

August 24, 2015

What Do Jerusalem Arabs Want?

It is conventional wisdom that all Palestinians seek, above all else, a Palestinian state. This is a reasonable conclusion to draw, although polls over the years have suggested that it may well be in…

May 18, 2010

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Logic of a Nuclear-Free Mideast

A nuclear-free zone in the Middle East would go a long way toward "nuclear symmetry," with uniform obligations and verification controls, says Egyptian arms control expert Nabil Fahmy.

February 6, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
"Calling Out" Iran

The Obama administration is about to issue its formal "National Security Strategy," but recent testimony by the new Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken actually gives deep insight into what tha…

December 24, 2013

Egypt
Egypt Ends the Year With Prison Sentences

On December 18, Egyptian security forces raided the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR), a leading think tank.  The timing is extraordinary, because foreign diplomats and human rig…

December 23, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Kerry Negotiations

Secretary of State Kerry continues his "peace process" efforts at hammering out a comprehensive deal, or at least a framework deal, between Israelis and Palestinians. Two recent articles are reminde…

September 10, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Israel and the Palestinians: Mr. Sha’ath Strikes Again

Today’s New York Times carries an interesting story about the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations being fostered by Secretary of State Kerry. Basically, Sha’ath has made a claim that American officials …