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August 17, 2009

Afghanistan
Afghan Elections: A Perilous Time

Ahmed Rashid, a leading expert on Afghanistan, says the August 20 presidential election in Afghanistan is "critically important" to achieving political stability, but he worries the vote will trigger…

October 28, 2009

Israel
The Tragedy of Palestinian Divisions

Expert Rashid Khalidi says it is crucial for Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah to reconcile to effectively negotiate a two-state solution with Israel or face a troubling status quo.  

February 25, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab Turmoil and Palestinians

Though the turmoil in the Arab world has "excited" most Palestinians, expert Rashid Khalidi says U.S.-led negotiations for a two-state solution has foundered and the U.S. block of a UN resolution …

September 13, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Khalidi: New Palestinian Unity Government ’Could Be Significant’

Rashid Khalidi, an expert on Palestinian politics, says the announcement that Fatah and Hamas factions have agreed on a unity government could help end the economic crisis in the Palestinian areas an…

August 10, 2011

Food and Water Security
Al-Shabaab and Somalia’s Spreading Famine

Somalia’s growing famine partly stems from a global failure to act on warning signs, but it’s exacerbated by militant group al-Shabaab, factions of which are blocking aid delivery and might have t…

March 3, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Khalidi: Is Hamas’ Terrorism Permanent Or Can It Change?

Rashid Khalidi, an expert on Palestinian politics, who is the director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, says Hamas’ overwhelming victory in the Palestinian legislative elections was du…

May 25, 2012

Egypt
How to Read Egypt’s Elections

Egypt’s next president is likely to be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or a Mubarak-era figure. Either way, U.S. ties are likely to cool, says CFR’s Steven A. Cook.

January 25, 2010

Iraq
Avoiding Crisis in Iraq’s Political Minefield

As Iraq’s pre-election crisis deepens, Iraq analyst Reidar Visser says Washington must do more to counter the sectarian agenda emerging in Baghdad’s political landscape.

December 1, 2017

Yemen
How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off.

April 9, 2010

Afghanistan
Miscalculations in U.S. Afghan Offensive

A pending American military offensive in southern Afghanistan is buoying hopes for a return to government control, but New York Times reporter David Rohde says success could be short-lived.