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February 27, 2015

Ten Whats With…Thanassis Cambanis

Thanassis Cambanis is a fellow at The Century Foundation and a columnist at the Boston Globe. He is the author of a new book, Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story. 1. What is the most interesti…

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November 6, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten fa…


November 5, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Novels Worth Reading

If you want to know the facts about the Cold War, you should read histories and memoirs. If you want to know how the Cold War felt, you should read novels. Why? Because “fiction reveals truths that r…


July 11, 2014

Weekend Reading: The King of the Kurds, Sexual Violence in Egypt, and Israel’s Accidental War

Sarah Carr, writing for Mada Masr, offers an in-depth and graphic look at sexual assault and the Egyptian state. J.J. Goldberg explores the triggers to an "unintended" war in Gaza. In an intervie…


December 10, 2013

United States
Israel’s Three UN Allies

Just over a week ago the UN General Assembly voted to call 2014 the  ”International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” The vote was 100 for to 7 against, with 56 abstentions.  This is a…

October 6, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Mind of Mr. Netanyahu

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington last week and spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York. I did not speak with him during this visit. Herewith a guess about what he is …

August 8, 2013

Politics and Government
Emerging Voices: Julie Fisher on NGOs and Democratization

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Julie Fisher, a current associ…


July 12, 2013

Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Narratives, Polarization, and Gas

Sarah Carr examines the implications of the divisive narratives that mark Egyptian discourse in the context of the June 30 uprising. Nour Youssef explores the polarization of Egyptian discourse thro…

Weekend Reading 07.12.2013

June 13, 2013

United States
Illicit Networks, Political Instability, and Criminal Violence

Two weeks ago, CFR’s Center for Preventive Action and International Institutions and Global Governance program convened a workshop on “Illicit Networks, Political Instability, and Criminal Violence.”…


April 26, 2013

Weekend Reading: No Egypt Independent

The complete final issue of Egypt Independent, which was not allowed to go to print. Sarah Carr takes down Al Masry Al Youm chairman and director, Abdel Monem Said Aly. Alaa Abd El Fattah provides …