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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…


January 20, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Failed Conciliation in Syria, Gaza, and Bahrain

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. With scores of Syrians killed daily, the Arab League received its observer mission’s much awaited report on Thursday. Human Rights Watch urged the Arab Le…

Islamic Jihad militants take part in the funeral of their comrades in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 30, 2011 (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Courtesy Reuters).

April 14, 2014

Powering the Way to a Darker Tomorrow: Coal Cannot Solve Egypt’s Energy Crisis

I am pleased to cross post the following article with my friends at The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.  Allison McManus’ timely post on the problems in Egypt’s energy sector and coal is an …


May 3, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Cease-fire Tatters, Former Israeli Security Officials Speak out on Iran

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The United Nations announced today that the three-week old truce in Syria "is not holding." Major General Robert Mood, chief of the UN Supervision Mission…

Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak sits across from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 29, 2012 (Ronen Zvulun/Courtesy Reuters).

February 24, 2014

Why is Sami Enan Running for President?

On February 17, Lieutenant-General Sami Enan, Egypt’s former armed forces chief-of-staff, announced that he would be running for president. One can be forgiven for asking: Why?  Enan’s candidacy seem…


October 7, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
A Victory for Today’s Amazons: The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Tawakkul Karman during a protest in January (L), Leymah Gbowee in New York on October 7, 2011 (C), and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the 2nd Arab-Africa summit in Sirte in October 2010 …

A Victory for Today’s Amazons: The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

May 24, 2012

United States
Egypt’s Historic Elections, Violent Eruptions in Lebanon and Yemen

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Egyptians went to the polls for a second consecutive day today for the first free presidential elections in Egypt’s history. The turnout was particularly …

A man holds his ballot sheet as he prepares to vote during Egypt's presidential elections in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on May 23, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

January 6, 2014

Politics and Government
Some Clarity on Egypt

It may be me, but I am a little surprised that much of the commentary I have read about Egypt recently is shocked—just shocked—about the current turn of events.  I was blessedly offline for about nin…


June 20, 2016

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s Gamal Mubarak

Like Gamal Mubarak, the once-presumed heir to Egypt's presidency, once was, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen as the favorite son and natural heir of his ruling father, r…


October 5, 2011

Sari Nusseibeh and Palestinian Moderation

Israel’s difficulties in making peace with the Palestinians are nicely revealed in an opinion piece by Sari Nusseibeh published by Al Jazeera English last week . Nusseibeh is often viewed as the mos…