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October 13, 2017

Gender
Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering October 6 to October 13, was compiled wit…

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August 13, 2013

Israel
Does Freeing Murderers Bring Peace?

Today Israel will free 26 murderers, a price exacted by the PLO before it would return to peace negotiations. Israel has entered into such deals before, for example freeing over 1,000 prisoners in ex…

November 9, 2015

Egypt
Egypt: Into the Unknown

The Egyptian state is weak. The country’s leaders are in a state of either panic or perpetual confusion. No one is in control. As in the darkest, most contested days of former President Mohammed Mors…

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July 31, 2014

United States
This Week: Israel-Hamas Fighting Intensifies and Islamists capture Benghazi

Significant Developments Israel-Hamas. The Israeli government ordered the call up of 16,000 additional reserve soldiers today in the fourth week of Hamas-Israeli fighting in Gaza. A joint Fatah-Ham…

Palestinians collect the remains of bodies at a United Nation-run school sheltering Palestinians displaced by an Israeli ground offensive, that witnesses said was hit by Israeli shelling, in Jebalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip July 30, 2014 (Salem/Courtesy Reuters).

June 5, 2014

United States
This Week: Israeli-Palestinian Escalation, Egyptian and Syrian Elections

Significant Developments Israel-Palestine.  Palestinian officials responded strongly to Israel’s announcement last night of plans for nearly 1,500 new housing units. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman fo…

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah (6th L) and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (5th L) pose for a group photo with Palestinian ministers during a swearing-in ceremony of the technocratic government, in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 2, 2014 (Torokman/Courtesy Reuters).

June 19, 2014

United States
This Week: Iraq’s Morass, Iran’s Talks, and Egypt’s Trials

Significant Developments Iraq. President Obama told reporters today that the United States will deploy up to 300 military advisors to Iraq to help the country’s security services "take the fight" to…

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (L) after their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, November 1, 2013 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

June 9, 2014

Politics and Government
Hello (Ahlan), Abdul Fattah al-Sisi: President of Egypt

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi took the oath of office as Egypt’s new president yesterday.  He succeeded the interim president, Adly Mansour. And who appointed Mansour? Why, Sisi himself after he and the Egypt…

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August 6, 2013

Politics and Government
Lights Out for Al-Nour?

The post below on Egypt’s Salafis  was written by my research associate, Alexander Brock, and my intern, Amr T. Leheta. I hope you find it interesting.   After the military intervention that toppled…

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September 28, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: The UN Debates Amidst Regional Turbulence

Significant Middle East Developments Israel and Palestine. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly yesterday within minute…

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu draws red line on graphic of bomb as he addresses 67th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 28, 2012 (Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

April 12, 2012

Egypt
Egypt: The Omar Theories

It is fair to say that Omar Suleiman’s bid to be Egypt’s next president is one of the most unexpected developments in post-Mubarak Egypt.  The last time anyone had seen or heard from Suleiman, he app…

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