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January 10, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Al-Qaeda in Nigeria?

A man sits in the back of an army truck carrying victims of a bomb blast near a military barracks in Nigeria's capital Abuja December 31, 2010. (Afolabi Sotunde/courtesy Reuters) Last week, th…

Al-Qaeda in Nigeria?

July 12, 2011

Five Years After the Israel-Hezbollah War

  An Israeli artillery unit fires a shell towards Lebanon from its position near the Israeli-Lebanese border August 9, 2006. Israel decided on Wednesday to expand its ground offensive in Leban…

Five Years After the Israel-Hezbollah War

March 29, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: A Syrian Peace Plan, An Arab Summit in Baghdad, and Iran Prepares for Nuclear Talks

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. A spokesman for UN special envoy Kofi Annan announced on Tuesday that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad accepted Annan’s six-point peace plan. Iran also an…

Iraq's foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari meets with his Kuwaiti counterpart sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah upon his arrival for the Arab foreign ministers meeting as part of the Arab League Summit in Baghdad on March 28, 2012 (Mohammed Ameen/Courtesy Reuters).

May 21, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Deconstructors

This week’s Time magazine cover story features Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and attempts to divine the Israeli leader’s true ambitions. Time asks: Now that he has formed Israel’s strongest coali…

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on May 7, 2012 (Gali Tibbon/Courtesy Reuters).

May 8, 2012

Israel’s Midnight Surprise

I just returned from Israel and the West Bank where I accompanied the Quartet Representative, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Israelis and Palesti…


August 1, 2012

Egypt-Israel Relations: Between Morsy and Peres (Perez)

One of the stranger episodes of Egypt-Israel relations in the post-Mubarak era occurred yesterday with the emergence of a letter—first reported by Haaretz’s Barak Ravid—ostensibly from the Egyptian p…


January 6, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Bombs, More Bombs, and Peace Talks

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. At least twenty-five people were killed, and dozens more injured, by a bomb attack in Damascus today. It was the second bombing to take place in Syria’s c…

People gather around damaged cars at the site of an explosion in the Maidan district of Damascus January 6, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A suicide bomber killed several people and wounded dozens in central Damascus on Friday, Syrian state television said.

September 13, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Tragedy in Libya and Regional Unrest

On a personal note, I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods killed in Benghazi on Tuesday. Chris and I were…

Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, smiles at his home in Tripoli on June 28, 2012 (Al-Fetori/Courtesy Reuters).

January 20, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: The Iranian Nuclear Threat, Freedom Rankings, and More

Freedom in the World, Freedom House, January 2012. The political uprisings that have swept the Arab world over the past year represent the most significant challenge to authoritarian rule since…

Afghanistan soldier blast

August 6, 2012

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…