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September 16, 2005

Elections and Voting
Afghan Expert Rubin: Despite Security Problems ‘Large Turnout’ Expected for Parliamentary Elections Sunday

Barnett R. Rubin, a well-known expert on Afghanistan, says that despite a worsening security situation recently, the Afghan people “are really eager to vote and there will be a large turnout” in that…

January 27, 2006

Elections and Voting
Siegman: U.S., Israel and EU Must Deal With Hamas If it Drops Harsh Policies Toward Israel

Henry Siegman, CFR’s leading expert on Israeli-Palestinian affairs, says there are signs Hamas may be seeking ways to ease its policies calling for Israel’s destruction. Siegman says it is important …

January 20, 2006

Elections and Voting
Satloff: Hamas Likely to Gain Considerable Strength in Next Week’s Palestinian Parliamentary Elections

Robert Satloff, an expert on Arab and Islamic politics, says the parliamentary elections in the Palestinian territories next week are expected to give the Hamas party—which is dedicated to the destru…

February 7, 2006

Elections and Voting
Shikaki: PA President Abbas Would Benefit From National Unity Government With Hamas

Khalil Shikaki, the director of a leading Palestinian polling organization, says that although Fatah lost to Hamas in recent legislative elections in the Palestinian Authority, its leaders may still …

October 25, 2006

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Update

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May 26, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Cook: Abbas’ Call for Referendum on Two-State Solution Puts Pressure on Hamas and Israel

Steven Cook says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ call for a two-state negotiated solution was "a shrewd move" becuase it puts pressure on the Hamas-led PA government, but also serves to constrai…

September 13, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Khalidi: New Palestinian Unity Government ’Could Be Significant’

Rashid Khalidi, an expert on Palestinian politics, says the announcement that Fatah and Hamas factions have agreed on a unity government could help end the economic crisis in the Palestinian areas an…

September 25, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Shikaki: Palestinians Support Hamas, But Most Favor Negotiated Peace with Israel

Khalil Shikaki, a leading Palestinian political expert, says recent polling among Palestinians shows most support Hamas’ refusal to recognize Israel in advance of negotiations, but a great majority i…

July 5, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Simon: Crisis Aggravated by Weak Israeli and Palestinian Governments

Steven Simon, a leading Middle East expert, says the crisis over the abduction of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants may drag on for some time because of the "two new and essentially weak go…

December 12, 2006

Israel
Steinberg: Israel Sees Diplomatic Proposals in Baker-Hamilton Report a Rerun of ‘Failed’ Policies of Past

primeGerald Steinberg, a consultant to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Security Council, who specializes in Middle East diplomatic and security issues, says that sections in the Baker-Ham…