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August 2, 2011

United States
Osama Bin Laden: What Did Pakistan Know?

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and U.S. President Barack Obama (bottom L) in Karachi May 9, 2011 (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reut…

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader bin Laden and U.S. President Obama in Karachi

February 28, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE Quick Takes: No Oscar for "Killing in the Name"

Ashraf Al-Khaled (L) and Carie Lemack of the film nominated for best short documentary, "Killing in the Name," arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards. (Lucy Nicholson/courtesy Reuters) I forced myself to…

Ashraf Al-Khaled (L) and Carie Lemack of the film nominated for best short documentary,

February 23, 2011

CFR at the Oscars

Click here to view this video on Youtube.com My job gives me opportunities to work with people who have sterling credentials: Nobel Prize winners, Hayek Award winners, Rhodes Scholars, and Marsha…

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

March 5, 2013

Egypt
Egypt’s Moral Hazard

My good friend Ashraf Swelam provides further insight into Egypt’s economic woes and the country’s relationship with the IMF. Enjoy! Egypt has been deemed “too big to fail.” That’s the overwhelming …

EgyptsMoralHazard

November 13, 2012

Military Operations
Drone Cartoons: The Elite Eight

For your amusement, see below for the top eight print or online cartoons about drones. This list was based upon a totally unscientific process of sifting through hundreds of similar cartoons produced…

Drone Cartoons: The Elite Eight

November 2, 2012

Turkey
Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Salafists, Jordan’s President, and Turkey’s Republic Day

Ashraf El-Sherif provides insight into the two camps within Egyptian Salafism, both competing for legitimacy in Egypt’s new political landscape. The Jordanian blog The Black Iris offers thoughts on …

weekendreading11022012

October 23, 2013

Egypt
Nile-ism

Erbil—I am in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, but the news from Egypt is never far away. There are no words for Sunday’s attack at the Church of the Virgin Mary in Warraq that killed four, including t…

Nileism_CROPPED

December 10, 2013

Politics and Government
Ten Elections to Watch in 2014

Two thousand and thirteen won’t go down in the history books as a banner year for globally significant elections. True, the election of Hassan Rouhani changed the tone in Tehran and possibly opened t…

Voters line up outside a polling booth during the state assembly election last week in New Delhi, India. (Ahmad Masood/Courtesy Reuters)

September 19, 2013

United States
This Week: Syria, Iran, and Israeli-Palestinian Diplomacy; Violence in Egypt

Syria. Diplomats in New York appeared stymied in their efforts to craft a new United Nations Security resolution calling for the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. The Security Council bega…

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks next to U.N. Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi (C) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after a meeting discussing the ongoing problems in Syria at the United Nations offices in Geneva September 13, 2013 (Downing/Courtesy Reuters).