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October 25, 2018

In Pursuit of a Political Solution in Yemen: Perspectives From the Frontlines

As crisis in Yemen continues unabated, United Nations Special Envoy Martin Griffith hopes to nurture a political process that would bring an end to the war and its dire humanitarian consequences. Dr…

Podcast A woman and a boy walk past the ruins of buildings destroyed in Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa. September 13, 2015.

July 18, 2014

The Kerry-Qatar Axis

Sympathy and support for Hamas are much lower in the Arab world than in past Israeli-Hamas conflicts--except in Qatar, whose government has a special relationship with Hamas. Indeed Hamas’s political…

April 22, 2013

The Emir of Qatar Visits

The Emir of Qatar is visiting the White House tomorrow, one of a series of Middle East leaders who are coming to town (next is the King of Jordan). I am willing to bet that a White House statement i…

December 17, 2012

Hamas and Fatah: Does Familiarity Breed Non-Support?

Palestinians have joked for years that West Bankers living under Fatah oppose Fatah, while those living in Gaza under Hamas rule oppose Hamas. Familiarity breeds contempt, it seems, or at least suppr…

December 9, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
What Does Hamas Want?

Frequently I have found that when I mention the odious Hamas "Charter" as the best insight into the group’s current goals, the response is that the Charter is nearly 25 years old and doesn’t mean muc…

November 19, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Hamas and Egypt

The visit of Egypt’s prime minister to Gaza last week, and a return visit promised for Tuesday, raises the question why President Morsi has not himself gone. Why send the little-known PM when a perso…

July 23, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Egypt Opens To Gaza

From the moment when Hamas took over Gaza in 2007 while the West Bank remained under the control of the Fatah Party and the Palestinian Authority, the question of Gaza’s relationship to Egypt has bee…

Khaled Meshaal and Mohamed Morsi

May 2, 2012

Hamas and the Arab Spring

It would be logical to assess that Hamas (a part of the Muslim Brotherhood) must be a winner from the "Arab Spring." The various revolts have brought Islamists into power in several Arab countries, a…

February 7, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
The New Palestinian Prime Minister

Once upon a time, progress toward Israeli-Palestinian peace was thought to require reform of Palestinian political institutions. Creation of the post of Palestinian Authority (PA) prime minister, sep…

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal talk before an agreement signing ceremony in Doha.

April 27, 2011

A Hamas-Fatah Coalition?

Left: Khaled Meshal, leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas (Khaled Al Hariri/Courtesy Reuters). Right: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters). There are new…

Khaled Meshal, leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.