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November 11, 2010

The World Next Week

Robert McMahon, editor of CFR.org, and I sat down today to discuss the upcoming issues for our The World Next Week podcast. We talked about the prospects for the lame duck Congress, the Asia-Pacifi…

Policemen are silhouetted on signboards of APEC forum summit in Yokohama, south of Tokyo

July 18, 2011

United States
Libya: NATO Selectively Enforcing No-Fly-Zone

Canadian F-18 war planes (L) wait to refuel from a British VC-10 tanker aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea off Libya July 10, 2011. Seven countries, including Britain, have provided air tankers to…

Canadian F-18 war planes wait to refuel from a British VC-10 tanker aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea off Libya

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

December 8, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Assad’s Revelations

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad is pictured during an interview with Russian television in Damascus October 30, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters). While President Bashar al-Assad’s circumlocutions were …

Assad’s Revelations

October 31, 2011

United States
Syria No-Fly Zone: Realistic Objectives

A Syrian shouts slogans during protest against government of Syria's President Assad (Osman Orsal/Courtesy Reuters). Last week, Syrian opposition activists agreed on the theme of their customar…

A Syrian shouts slogans during protest against government of Syria’s President Assad (Osman Orsal/Courtesy Reuters).

November 14, 2011

United States
Accelerate Assad’s Departure

Demonstrators protesting against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad march through the streets after Friday prayers in Amude on November 11. A poster depicting President Assad dumped in a litter bin rea…

Accelerate Assad’s Departure

February 23, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
The "Friends of Syria" Tunis Meeting

A new chapter in the struggle for Syria opens on Friday with the meeting of some seventy foreign ministers and senior officials in Tunis. Having dabbled episodically with President Bashar al-Assad’s …

Foreign Ministers Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Prince Saud al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey pose for a group photo during the fourth ministerial meeting of Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Istanbul on January 28, 2012 (Murad Sezer/Courtesy Reuters).

June 28, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s New President, Syria’s Bloodiest Week, and New Regional Diplomacy

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. After days of delay, Egyptian election officials announced on Sunday that Mohamed Morsi had won 52 percent of the runoff vote and would become Egypt’s nex…

President-elect Mohamed Morsi is seen on screens at the Egyptian Television headquarters control room during his first televised address to the nation in Cairo on June 24, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

June 14, 2012

Israel
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Parliamentary Annulment and Increased Tensions over Syria

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court today deemed unconstitutional both the law governing the country’s recent parliamentary elections and the “Political …

 A protester shouts in front of police outside the Supreme Constitutional Court, where a decision is expected on the validity of the law passed by the Islamist-led parliament that sought to bar Ahmed Shafik in Cairo June 14, 2012 (Suhaib Salem/Courtesy Reuters).

October 12, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt Clashes, Turkey-Syria Escalate, Israel Calls Elections

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Hundreds of people were injured today when supporters and opponents of Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi clashed violently in Tahrir Square for the first tim…

A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi punches an anti-Brotherhood protester at Tahrir Square on October 12, 2012 (Chany/Courtesy Reuters).