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September 30, 2011

Military Operations
Targeted Killings: The Death of Anwar al-Awlaki

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters). Earlier today, the government of Yemen’s…

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location on September 30, 2011 (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters)

October 3, 2011

Intelligence
Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric with ties to al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate, gives a sermon in an undisclosed location in October 2008. After covert military operations are revealed—in this cas…

Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing

October 7, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
A Victory for Today’s Amazons: The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Tawakkul Karman during a protest in January (L), Leymah Gbowee in New York on October 7, 2011 (C), and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the 2nd Arab-Africa summit in Sirte in October 2010 …

A Victory for Today’s Amazons: The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

October 25, 2011

Nigeria
Fallout from Qaddafi’s Death in Northern Nigeria

Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi (C) leans on the shoulders of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (centre R) and President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh (centre L) as they laugh during a photocall befor…

Fallout from Qaddafi’s Death in Northern Nigeria

February 28, 2011

Indonesia
Asia’s Examples for the Middle East

Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a protest demanding the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside Sanaa University February 28, 2011. (Ammar Awad/Courtesy Reuters) …

Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a protest demanding the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside Sanaa

December 8, 2011

International Organizations
Surprising International Human Rights Consensus

An anti-government protester attends a demonstration demanding the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa November 13, 2011. (Louafi Larbi/ Courtesy Reuters) 2011 was an extrao…

Surprising International Human Rights Consensus

June 10, 2011

Weekend Reading

Tourists walk past shop selling carpets and souvenirs in Mediterranean Turkish city of Antalya (Umit Bektas/Courtesy Reuters) The Arabist on ElBaradei’s new memoir, The Age of Deception Gregory…

Weekend Reading

January 20, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Failed Conciliation in Syria, Gaza, and Bahrain

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. With scores of Syrians killed daily, the Arab League received its observer mission’s much awaited report on Thursday. Human Rights Watch urged the Arab Le…

Islamic Jihad militants take part in the funeral of their comrades in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 30, 2011 (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Courtesy Reuters).

February 17, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Al-Qaeda, Post-Qaddafi Libya, and the Interrupters

“The Nutrition Puzzle: Why Do So Many People in Poor Countries Eat So Badly—And What Can Be Done About It?” The Economist, February 18, 2012. Even where there is enough food, people do not seem…

Libya aftermath

March 8, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Israel and the U.S. Talk Iran

Significant Middle East Developments Israel. President Obama held three hours of talks with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday. The two focused almost entirely on th…

U.S. president Barack Obama meets with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 5, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).