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April 19, 2019

The Fight for Libya: What to Know

Khalifa Haftar’s march on the Libyan capital is a bid for control of a fragmented state. Backed by a set of powerful governments, he could carry on the fight for a long time.    

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June 28, 2018

Rushing Libya’s Elections Will Lead to Disaster

The following is a guest post by Alexander Decina, research associate for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. For more than two years, the UN-backed Government of National …

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May 30, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
‘False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East’

Steven A. Cook discusses his new book, False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East.

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May 5, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
How Arab Youth See the Middle East

Experts discuss public opinion trends among Arab youth, including perceptions of economic opportunities, religion, and the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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October 4, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Negotiations, Egypt’s Violence, and Turkey’s Politics

Significant Developments Syria. The Assad regime provided documents yesterday about its chemical weapons stockpile in the first day of Damascus meetings with the nineteen member advance team from th…

UN vehicles transporting a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are pictured as they return to their hotel in Damascus October 3, 2013 (al-Hariri/Courtesy Reuters).

April 15, 2013

Regional Voices: Egypt, Syria, Israel, and Palestine

“Enough already of formations, committees and groups and whatever else…We want action not words and, let me say this, there are many names and committees but there is no action on the ground.” -Copti…

Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark Cathedral (El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

July 12, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Upheaval in Egypt and Syria

Significant Developments Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood vowed today to continue resisting the army’s July 3 ouster of President Mohammad Morsi. The Brotherhood issued its call one day after the milit…

Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Courtesy Reuters).

March 22, 2013

The World Next Week: Pakistan Celebrates Republic Day, BRICS Meet in South Africa, and the Arab League Convenes in Qatar

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Pakistan’s Republic Day, the BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, and the Arab League summit in Doha. [audio: http://www.cfr.org/conte…

A boy walks past a Pakistani flag in Rawalpindi (Faisal Mahmood/Courtesy Reuters).