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July 13, 2011

Sudan
How to Secure Peace in South Sudan

The process that led to South Sudan’s independence offers lessons for avoiding a new, devastating conflict in the region and underscores the importance of sustained and vigorous U.S. diplomacy, write…

January 20, 2011

Tunisia
Will Tunisia Inspire More Popular Uprisings?

The Egyptian and Libyan publics are the two most likely to be inspired by the ouster of Tunisia’s Ben Ali, and the United States should be pressing Egypt especially to open up politics and allow for …

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Interim Authority

This publication is now archived. What’s the status of Iraqi self-rule?Ultimate authority in Iraq will remain with the U.S.-led coalition government until Iraqi elections are held, according to the l…

March 28, 2011

United States
How Do You Say 1989 in Arabic?

U.S. President Barack Obama leads a briefing on the current situation in Libya, with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon (L) aboard Air Force One, during a secure conference call on the flight from…

How Do You Say 1989 in Arabic?

May 10, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Israel’s Surprise Unity Agreement, Further Disunity in Syria

Significant Middle East Developments Israel. In a move that caught virtually all Israelis by surprise, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early Tuesday morning that he was forming a new uni…

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and new Kadima head Shaul Mofaz give a joint press conferece on May 8, 2012

December 31, 2012

Egypt
Voices From the Region: Turkey, Egypt, Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Yemen

“He’s contaminated from top to bottom…Tomorrow he will be a hero.” – Captain Adnan Dayoub, a Syrian rebel commander in Hama, on the defection of General Abdelaziz Jassim al-Shalal, head of the milita…

General Abdelaziz Jassim al-Shalal, the head of Syria's military police, speaks in a video uploaded on a social media website on December 26, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

November 16, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mauritania’s Uncertain Position in Face of President’s Extended Recuperation

This is a guest post by Geoff Porter, an analyst with North Africa Risk Consulting, Inc. (NARCO). He is a specialist in North Africa and the Sahel. One month ago, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould …

 Supporters carry a poster of coup-leader Abdelaziz in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott 07/08/2008.

February 6, 2014

United States
This Week: Syria’s Fighting, Iran’s Windfall, and Iraq’s Violence

Significant Developments Syria. The United Nations and Syria agreed today to allow humanitarian aid into the besieged old city of Homs, and to allow women and children safe passage out. The agreemen…

A member of Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra mans a checkpoint on the border crossing between Syria and Jordan, which they claim to have taken control of, in Daraa December 26, 2013 (Khassawneh/Courtesy Reuters).

April 17, 2014

United States
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, …

Saudi Intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who stepped down this week (Bourg/Courtesy Reuters).

May 27, 2010

Global Governance
Fifteen Nuclear Agendas to Watch

The Review Conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty gets underway amid new concerns about Iran and North Korea and disputes between nuclear haves and have-nots. Fifteen countries will play a…