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February 22, 2013

Middle East Matters This Week: Egyptian Elections, Damascus Explosions, and a New Tunisian Government

Significant Developments Egypt. President Mohammed Morsi issued a decree last night calling for parliamentary elections to begin April 27 and end in late June. The vote will take place in four stage…

Egyptian electoral workers carry ballot box at a center for vote counting during a previous parliamentary election (El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

February 15, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Struggles in Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria

Significant Developments Tunisia. Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali pledged to announce a government of technocrats tomorrow, following intensive consultations with a variety of party leaders today. Jeba…

Tunisian prime minister Hamadi Jebali arrives for a round of consultations with other political parties at the Carthage Palace in Tunis, February 15, 2013 (Mili/Courtesy Reuters).

January 10, 2013

Palestinian Territories
Middle East Matters This Week: Assad Stalls, Palestinians Talk, and Iraq Explodes

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad gave his first speech in nearly seven months on Sunday, outlining a "peace plan" that ruled out any negotiation with Syri…

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad speaks at the Opera House in Damascus on January 6, 2013 (Courtesy Reuters).

February 22, 2013

Congresses and Parliaments
The World Next Week: The Sequester Looms, Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down, and the Academy Awards Does Foreign Policy

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the sequester, Pope Benedict XVI’s farewell, and the foreign policy-themed films nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture. [audio: http…

Barack Obama discusses the budget cuts scheduled to take effect next week (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

October 1, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Debate Continues Over a Permanent African Seat on the UN Security Council

The annual United Nations General Assembly debate, which brings over one hundred heads of state to NYC, ended today. As part of the series of speeches made by each country delegation, the foreign min…

Algeria's Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. 29/09/2012

May 31, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Vote and Syria’s Massacre

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. The Presidential Elections Commission officially announced Monday that there will be a run-off between Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq for the presidency…

A man cleans the scene of the burnt campaign headquarters of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq in Cairo on May 29, 2012 (Mohammed Salem/Courtesy Reuters).