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June 2, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
How Six Days in 1967 Shaped the Modern Middle East

On the war’s fiftieth anniversary, five scholars discuss how Israel, the Palestinian territories, and the Arab world were remade.

Israeli soldiers in front of the Dome of the Rock.

September 8, 2009

Immigration and Migration
American Foreign Policy: Regional Perspectives

In May 2009 I participated in a workshop entitled “American Foreign Policy: Regional Perspectives” sponsored by the Naval War College.

American Foreign Policy: Regional Perspectives

March 15, 2016

Egypt
Egypt’s Black Market Blues

The Central Bank of Egypt devalued the Egyptian pound by 13 percent, which is a long overdue step, but daily life will get tougher for ordinary Egyptians in the short run.

BP03142016

December 13, 2013

Defense Technology
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes, Malaria, and Defense Contractors

Hakim Almasmari, “Yemen says U.S. drone struck a wedding convoy, killing 14,” CNN, December 13, 2013. A U.S. drone mistakenly targeted a wedding convoy in Yemen’s al-Baitha province after intelligen…

Defense Contractors

May 16, 2014

United States
This Week: Syria’s Friends, Libya’s Military, and Iran’s Negotiations

Significant Developments Syria. The Friends of Syria group met in London yesterday and issued a communique that denounced Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s plan to hold elections on June 3 and agre…

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi pauses during a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva January 27, 2014 (Balibouse/Courtesy Reuters).

February 9, 2009

Venezuela
Venezuela’s Oil-Based Economy

Venezuela is trying to develop new markets for its oil at a time of increasing friction with its main customer, the United States. But a significant short-term shift in oil relations between Venezuel…

August 9, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes in Yemen, AQAP, Kissinger on Africa

Maria Abi-Habib, Margaret Coker, and Siobhan Gorman, Yemen Steps Back From Terror-Plot Claims, Highlighting U.S.’s Challenge, The Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2013. Estimates vary about the number…

A military police trooper checks a car at a checkpoint in Sanaa

September 7, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Targeted Killings, and National Security Threats

“Interview with President Obama,” Fox 19, September 6, 2012. Q: Well let me ask then also about the so-called presidential kill list that has gotten a lot of attention…and on that list have been U.S…

President Obama Oval Office

May 18, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Yemen and Drone Wars

Iona Craig, "Toll Climbs in Yemen’s Fight Against al-Qaeda," USA Today, May 18, 2012. Julian E. Barnes, "U.S. Rethinks Secrecy on Drone Program," Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2012. The policy chang…

Yemen protester

February 7, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Iran’s Involvement

This publication is now archived. What are Iran’s goals in the new Iraq?Iran, a Shiite Islamic theocracy to Iraq’s east, would clearly like to exercise considerable influence over the new government …