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February 17, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Renewed International Efforts on Iran and Syria

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a new resolution Thursday calling for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to end the brutal attacks on the Sy…

Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends an unveiling ceremony for new nuclear projects in Tehran on February 15, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

April 19, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Iran’s Negotiations, Syria’s Friends, and Egypt’s Elections

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution Saturday authorizing the deployment of a thirty-person monitoring mission to oversee t…

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili pose for media before their meeting in Istanbul on April 14, 2012 (Tolga Adanali/Courtesy Reuters).

April 26, 2012

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Plan Flounders, Iraq’s Kurds Worry

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The United Nations Security Council established the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria on Saturday, increasing the number of ceasefire monitors there fro…

Members of the first U.N. monitoring team in Syria, together with members of the Syrian Free Army, visit Homs on April 21, 2012.

January 13, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Monitor Meltdown

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. President Bashar al-Assad gave a rare and defiant speech on Tuesday in which he once again blamed foreign conspirators, lashed out against other Arab stat…

This still image taken from video uploaded to a social media website on December 28, 2011 shows Arab League monitors speak to the camera after seeing the body of a dead boy claimed to have been killed by Syrian security forces in what is purportedly Homs (Courtesy Reuters).

March 8, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Israel and the U.S. Talk Iran

Significant Middle East Developments Israel. President Obama held three hours of talks with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday. The two focused almost entirely on th…

U.S. president Barack Obama meets with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 5, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

January 27, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Tumultuous Anniversary

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians returned to Tahrir Square on Friday chanting “down with military rule” in a day dubbed “The Friday of Pride and Dignity…

Demonstrators take part in a protest marking the first anniversary of Egypt's uprising at Tahrir square in Cairo on January 25, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

August 25, 2011

International Organizations
UN Peacekeeping: Ready for Libya?

Indian U.N. peacekeepers patrol through a camp for people displaced by fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Finbarr O'Reilly/ Courtesy Reuters). With the United Nations Security Council…

UN Peacekeeping: Ready for Libya?

September 19, 2011

France
The Arab Springs

Related Reading:The New Arab Revolt: What Happened, What It Means, and What Comes Next, CFR ebook

July 11, 2011

Military Operations
Controlling the Message in Libya

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen briefs the media on the NATO no-fly zone operations in Libya during a news conference at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels April 11, 2011. Any ceasefi…

Controlling the Message in Libya

January 8, 2003

United States
Brazil is the Fulcrum: Independent Task Force Urges President Bush Quickly Recast U.S. Policy Towards Brazil

February 12, 2001 - With growing fears regarding the international economy, with Colombia on the edge of further chaos, and with the Summit of the Americas approaching in April and trade disputes bet…