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June 29, 2017

Nigeria
President-Buhari-Health Buhari's Ramadan Message Fuels Speculation Over His Health

To mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (Eid-el-Fitr), Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari broadcast a congratulatory statement, as is the norm in Nigeria and many other countries with a …

March 2, 2013

Saudi Arabia
march12013weekendreading Weekend Reading: Saudi Tweets, Ennahda’s Decline, and Ramadan’s Odd Missive

An interview with anonymous Twitter user @Mujtahidd, who has been tweeting provocative things about Saudi Arabia’s rulers. An article from Muftah, discussing the declining credibility of Tunisia’s E…

September 29, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Israeli Tanks Cross the Suez Canal Weekend Reading: The Yom Kippur War

Who knew that Leonard Cohen flew to Israel during the conflict to sing to Israeli troops?   From Disaster to (Limited) Victory. An Egyptian officer’s view of the Ramadan War.

June 24, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Spurns Rivlin’s Hand--and Peace

Since leaving the White House in January, 2009, I’ve been telling audiences that Palestinian president and PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas will never, never sign a peace agreement with Israel--no matter wha…

January 23, 2015

Americas
ID Card Pakistan Leveraging Tech Innovations in Development

Over the past decade, technology has begun to revolutionize industries ranging from education and healthcare to financial services and commerce. These transformations are not limited to the developed…

August 13, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Rafah crossing Morsi’s Tests: Hamas and Sinai

Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, acted with unexpected energy and speed to remove the top ranks of Egypt’s military this weekend. But he has not yet disclosed what his policy will be toward the lin…

July 26, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Will the Arab League Pay for Palestine?

Will the Arab League pay up? Because donors are not meeting their pledges,  the Palestinian Authority is nearly broke and cannot meet its payroll. The PA told a specially convened session of the Ara…

June 9, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Islamist Terrorism in SA Islamist Terrorism in South Africa

Over the past few days, both the United Kingdom and the United States have warned their nationals of a possible Islamist terrorist attack in South Africa. The warnings cite upscale shopping malls in …

December 30, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Sunset-World-Leaders Ten World Figures Who Died in 2015

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2015 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…