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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

June 24, 2011

United States
Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

Rebels fighters are reflected on a side mirror at the front line in Ajdabiyah June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I have been a critic of the U…

Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

April 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking to an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) The United States …

Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

June 7, 2011

United States
The Consequences of Stalemate in Libya

Rebels fighters inspect a burning house in the city of Yafran. Youssef Boudlal / Reuters In today’s Washington Post, columnist Anne Applebaum asks—though does not directly answer—the important quest…

The Consequences of Stalemate in Libya

August 25, 2011

You Might Have Missed: Libya Edition

A man holds a weapon and a Kingdom of Libya flag as people gather near the courthouse in Benghazi on August 22, 2011 (Esam Al-Fetori/Courtesy Reuters). --Joby Warrick and Scott Wilson, “U.S. Presses…

You Might Have Missed: Libya Edition

November 4, 2011

Friday File: Remembering the Iranian Hostage Crisis

Letter from President Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the release of American hostages, dated November 6, 1979. (Courtesy the National Archives) Above the Fold. Thirty-two year…

Letter from Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages, 11/06/1979 (ARC Identifier: 593939); File Unit: Iran: 11/1-14/79; JC-NSA: Records of the Office of the National Security Advisor (Carter Administration), 1977 - 1981; Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, GA; National Archives and Records Administration.

March 12, 2012

Politics and Government
Egypt: Being Fayza Aboulnaga

On Saturday, the Washington Post published an op-ed under the byline of Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, Fayza Aboulnaga, titled, “Why Egypt moved against unregistered NGOs.”   The Mini…

Being-Fayza-Aboulnaga

March 23, 2012

Friday File: Cherry Trees Blossom in Washington, DC

Above the Fold. Washington, DC, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tokyo. It was one hundred years ago next Tuesday that Japan’s largest city gave our nation’s capital 3,000 cherry trees to plant along…

The cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin are in full bloom in Washington, DC. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

May 3, 2012

United States
The Wages of the Sinai

I remember in 2008 sitting in the office of Abdel Monem Said Aly who at the time was the director of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic Studies when the subject of the Sinai came up. It was a few mont…

The-Wages-of-Sinai

May 10, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Israel’s Surprise Unity Agreement, Further Disunity in Syria

Significant Middle East Developments Israel. In a move that caught virtually all Israelis by surprise, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early Tuesday morning that he was forming a new uni…

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and new Kadima head Shaul Mofaz give a joint press conferece on May 8, 2012