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November 16, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Syria’s Conflict Enters a More Dangerous Phase

Syrian soldiers deploy in the Syrian village of Arida, as seen from the northern Lebanese village of Wadi Khaled near the Lebanese-Syrian border, May 20, 2011 (Omar Ibrahim/Courtesy Reuters). Today’…

Syria’s Conflict Enters a More Dangerous Phase

October 28, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Could the ICC Be Assad’s Way Out?

A large banner of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hangs from the central bank during a rally of his supporters at al-Sabaa Bahrat square in Damascus on October 12, 2011 (Khaled al-Hariri/Courtesy Re…

Could the ICC Be Assad’s Way Out?

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).

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).

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 29, 2012

Israel
Hamas Breaks From Syria

While the “Friends of Syria” were meeting in Tunis last week, Hamas was separately taking its own steps to disavow the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. In a significant move, Hamas officials announc…

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad shakes hands and welcomes Hamas leader Khaled Meshal before a meeting in Damascus on January 24, 2009—three years before Meshal would break with the former (Courtesy Reuters).

May 31, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Vote and Syria’s Massacre

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. The Presidential Elections Commission officially announced Monday that there will be a run-off between Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq for the presidency…

A man cleans the scene of the burnt campaign headquarters of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq in Cairo on May 29, 2012 (Mohammed Salem/Courtesy Reuters).

August 23, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Lebanon Erupts, Syria Boils, and Egypt Builds Up

Significant Middle East Developments Lebanon. Renewed clashes broke out today in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli between Sunnis and Alawites, despite a ceasefire brokered yesterday. Since fightin…

A Sunni Muslim gunman aims his rifle from the neighborhood of Bab al-Tebbaneh in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, during clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawites on August 22, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

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).

June 17, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Weekend Reading

People wave Egyptian flags during a pro-democracy rally at Tahrir Square, in Cairo (Peter Andrews/Courtesy Reuters) I will be blogging from Cairo all next week. In the meantime, enjoy this week’s in…

Weekend Reading