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August 24, 2011

United States
First Libya, Now Syria?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomes Libya's leader Muammar Qaddafi at the opening of the two-day Arab Summit in Damascus on March 29, 2008 (Jamal Saidi/Courtesy Reuters). “As Libya Falls,…

First Libya, Now Syria?

October 24, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Tunisia’s Democratic Test Still Awaits

A vendor sits in his shop in Sidi Bou Sai, a popular tourist district, north of Tunisia on October 22, 2011 (Jamal Saidi/Courtesy Reuters). Tunisia’s first truly free elections also mark the first e…

Tunisia’s Democratic Test Still Awaits

May 27, 2011

Weekend Reading

Lebanese freshly baked bread emerges from an oven at a bakery in Beirut (Jamal Saidi/Courtesy Reuters) Marc Lynch’s piece on John McCain on Foreign Policy.com: Straight Talk on the Arab Spring …

Weekend Reading

May 24, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Ireland’s Referendum, the UN’s Debate on Yemen, North Atlantic Hurricanes, and Memorial Day

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Ireland’s referendum on the EU’s fiscal treaty; the UN Security Council’s debate on Yemen; the beginning of hurricane season in the Nort…

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May 25, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Yemen, Drone Wars, and More

2011 Human Rights Report: Yemen, U.S. Department of State, May 24, 2012. The government also employed air strikes against rebellious tribes in Nihm and Arhab. Human rights observers and local reside…

Military band

October 22, 2012

Review: ’From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia’ by Pankaj Mishra

As Western economies continue to struggle, while China and many other large developing nations are now being looked to as potential saviors of indebted European nations, the idea that the twenty-firs…

(L-R) Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff, Russia's president Vladimir Putin, India's prime minister Manmohan Singh, China's president Hu Jintao and South African president Jacob Zuma pose for a picture after a BRICS leaders' meeting in Los Cabos June 18, 2012.

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).

February 2, 2015

Revolutionizing Religion in Sisi’s Egypt

This blog post was written by my research associate, Amr Leheta. “We need a religious revolution!” Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi declared those words a month ago as he addressed senior rel…

Revolutionizing Religion in Sisi's Egypt

February 12, 2015

United States
This Week: Egypt Seeks Nukes, ISIS Gets Escalation, and U.S.-Iran Shun Extensions

Significant Developments Egypt. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced an agreement to jointly build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant on Tuesday duri…

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a meeting in Cairo February 10, 2015 (Klimentyev/Courtesy Reuters).

February 22, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
The "Resistance" in Lebanon

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Nasrallah speaks in Beirut suburbs (Jamal Saidi/Courtesy Reuters) The influence of the United States in the Middle East is declining while that of Iran is rising. That…

The "Resistance" in Lebanon