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May 30, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Play  New Middle East ‘False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East’

Steven A. Cook discusses his new book, False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East.

June 23, 2016

Iran
Play RTR2XM4A_EC_1.jpg An Assessment of the Iran Agreement One Year Later: A Conversation with Senator Chris Coons

Senator Chris Coons offers his assessment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

March 27, 2014

United States
Egypt's defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen during a news conference in Cairo (Courtesy Reuters). This Week: Egypt’s Likely New President, Arab League Paralysis, and Turkish-Syrian Fighting

Significant Developments Egypt. Field Marshal and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi yesterday resigned from the military and announced his candidacy for president. Ibrahim Munir, a member of the…

August 29, 2013

United States
U.S. president Barack Obama (Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters This Week: Retaliatory Talk Against Syria, Egypt’s Crackdown Intensifies

Significant Developments Syria. White House officials plan to brief members of Congress this evening on the situation in Syria after more than one hundred U.S. representatives signed a letter yester…

February 8, 2013

Egypt
A protester wears a Tunisian flag during a demonstration in Tunis February 7, 2013 (Larbi/Courtesy Reuters). Voices From the Region: Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq

“Ghannouchi, assassin, criminal…Tunisia is free, terrorism out.” –Demonstrators against Tunisia’s ruling party Ennahda during Chorki Belaid’s funeral “Morsi is an employee who works for us. He must…

January 18, 2013

Riot police stand guard outside the French Embassy in Tunis on January 18, 2012, following the hostage-taking by Islamist militants in eastern Algeria (Mili/Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters This Week: Algeria’s Hostage Drama, Syrian Violence, and Elections in Israel and Jordan

Significant Middle East Developments Algeria. At least eighteen Algerian kidnappers and twelve hostages were killed in an Algerian military operation yesterday that freed six hundred and fifty hosta…

October 12, 2012

United States
A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi punches an anti-Brotherhood protester at Tahrir Square on October 12, 2012 (Chany/Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt Clashes, Turkey-Syria Escalate, Israel Calls Elections

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Hundreds of people were injured today when supporters and opponents of Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi clashed violently in Tahrir Square for the first tim…

October 16, 2007

Libya
How Libya Got Off the List

Libya, for years a thorn in the side of U.S. policymakers, has boosted its profile in recent years, renouncing terrorism and abandoning its WMD. In response, the U.S. State Department has removed Lib…

August 23, 2012

United States
A Sunni Muslim gunman aims his rifle from the neighborhood of Bab al-Tebbaneh in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, during clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawites on August 22, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters This Week: Lebanon Erupts, Syria Boils, and Egypt Builds Up

Significant Middle East Developments Lebanon. Renewed clashes broke out today in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli between Sunnis and Alawites, despite a ceasefire brokered yesterday. Since fightin…