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June 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Jon Huntsman, GOP Presidential Candidate

It’s official. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, has formally announced that he is a Republican candidate for president. As he promised, Huntsman made the announcem…

Jon Huntsman

August 6, 2012

Egypt
Sinai Again

In light of Sunday’s events in which a dozen Egyptian policemen were killed near the Rafah border in addition to ongoing violence in Gaza, I am re-posting three pieces I have written on Sinai over th…

Sinai-Again

November 4, 2013

Turkey
Turkey: Hello, I Must Be Going

I first arrived in Turkey on a chilly, gray afternoon in early October 1992.  I had been living in Jerusalem studying Arabic and Hebrew—this was during my Arab-Israeli conflict stage—when the guy wit…

TurkishAir_CROPPED

July 16, 2012

Defense and Security
Targeted Killings and Signature Strikes

In his memoir My American Journey, Colin Powell recollects his tours in Vietnam, first as a U.S. Army captain in 1962 and 1963, and later as a major in 1968 and 1969. Due to the length of the war, Po…

Rose garden

December 13, 2011

United States
Middle East Matters: The Ten Most Significant Developments of 2011

Thousands of Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's resignation in Cairo on February 11, 2011 (Amr Abdalla…

Middle East Matters: The Ten Most Significant Developments of 2011

December 15, 2015

Global
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2015

Every year has its share of significant events. Two thousand fifteen is no exception. Here is my list of the ten most significant events of the year. You may want to read what follows closely. Severa…

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December 30, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2015

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2015 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

Sunset-World-Leaders

May 22, 2012

Egypt
Why Are Egypt’s Presidential Elections Significant?

In an historic development, Egyptians head to the polls on Wednesday and Thursday to vote for a new president. To better understand the importance of this week’s elections, I asked a number of Egypti…

An Egyptian expatriate living in Lebanon casts his ballot at a polling station at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut on May 11, 2012, during an early voting ahead of Egypt's presidential election (Sharif Karim/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).

September 23, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Arms Sales to Taiwan

Five F-16 jets fly in formation. (Ho New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The Palestinian statehood bid is not the only issue the Obama administration has been struggling with this week. On Wednesd…

Five U.S. Air Force F-16