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November 22, 2010

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Guest Post: AQAP and Yemen

Members of Yemen’s U.S-trained counter-terrorism force raid a house during field training near Sanaa I’ve been busy so I enlisted Marisa Porges to guest post today.  Marisa is a former internationa…

Guest Post: AQAP and Yemen

May 9, 2011

Iran
Unholy Alliance on TheAtlantic.Com

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad walk past the guard of honour in Damascus (Khaled al Hariri/Courtesy Reuters) Below is a piece I wrote for The Atlant…

Unholy Alliance on TheAtlantic.Com

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

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).

November 21, 2011

Palestinian Territories
Jordan’s Unusual Palestinian Diplomacy

King Abdullah of Jordan speaks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas during a welcoming ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 21, 2011 (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters). Jordan’s …

King Abdullah of Jordan (L) speaks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a welcoming ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 21, 2011. Abdullah arrived in Ramallah on Monday for a rare visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as the Palestinians pursue statehood in a region riveted by the slide towards civil war in Syria and mounting unrest in Egypt (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters).

December 19, 2011

Israel
Snapshot from Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock is seen during sunset in Jerusalem's Old City on January 12, 2011 (Baz Ratner/Courtesy Reuters). Jerusalem-- After a brief visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, i…

Snapshot from Jerusalem

November 11, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Remembering Hafez al-Assad

Syrian president Hafez al-Assad celebrates his 28th anniversary in power in November 1998 (Khaled Al Hariri/Courtesy Reuters). Sunday, November 13, marks the 41st anniversary of Hafez al-Assad’s sei…

Remembering Hafez al-Assad

February 10, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Middle East Matters This Week: Palestinian Unity and Syria’s Disunity

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Russia and China vetoed an Arab and Western-backed resolution at the UN Security Council last Saturday following a flurry of negotiations. Russia succeede…

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal walk with Qatar's emir sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani as they arrive to sign an agreement in Doha on February 6, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

April 15, 2011

Weekend Reading

People buy sweets at Souk al-Hamidieh in Damascus' old downtown (Khaled Al Hariri/Courtesy Reuters) Bikya Masr reports on the the rebirth of Egypt’s formerly ruling party, now called the Ne…

People buy sweets at Souk al-Hamidieh in Damascus’ old downtown (Khaled Al Hariri/Courtesy Reuters)

February 24, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Middle East Matters This Week: Hamas, “Friends” Line up Against Syria’s Assad

Significant Middle East Developments Hamas. Hamas officials announced today a break with long-time ally Syrian president Assad. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told a crowd of thousands at Cairo’s al-Az…

Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu confers with United Arab Emirates' foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan during the “Friends of Syria” conference in Tunis on February 24, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).