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September 30, 2008

Financial Markets
Do not doubt that this is a real crisis: more on Fed’s balance sheet

My colleague at the Council on Foreign Relations, Paul Swartz, has graphed the shift in the composition of the Fed’s balance sheet. The Fed has extended a lot of credit to the financial system -- …


January 6, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Telescopic Philanthropy, 2011

Wreckage is seen after rioters damaged shops in Maan. (Petra Petra/Courtesy Reuters) APN News: "Rioters in the southern Jordanian city of Maan set fire to government buildings, police cars and busin…

Telescopic Philanthropy, 2011

January 25, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Rising Violence and Stalled Peace in Darfur

Women with children walk near a soldier of Darfur's joint U.N./African Union UNAMID peacekeeping force outside the UNAMID team site in Khor Abeche, 83 km (52 miles) northeast on Nyala (south Darf…

Rising Violence and Stalled Peace in Darfur

February 28, 2011

Political Movements
Fathers and Sons

Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, gestures as he speaks during an interview on state television, in this still image taken from video on February 24, 2011 (Reuters/Courtesy Reuters…

Fathers and Sons

July 14, 2011

In the New Sudans, History Dies Hard

The flag of South Sudan (C) flies after the United Nations General Assembly voted on South Sudan's membership to the United Nations at UN headquarters in New York July 14, 2011. (Shannon Stapleto…

In the New Sudans, History Dies Hard

October 14, 2011

Striking Findings in Jordan

A member of the Daaja Jordanian Bedouin tribe holds a poster of Jordanian king Abdullah as he performs during a rally to celebrate the king's birthday in Amman (Ali Jarekji/Courtesy Reuters). Wi…

Striking Findings in Jordan

October 17, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: The Battle of Saratoga

  What is the most pivotal day in American history? July 4, 1776? July 3, 1863? December 7, 1941? September 11, 2001? All are good choices to be sure. But my money is on October 17, 1777. That’s t…

Battle of Saratoga

October 20, 2011

Defense and Security
Qaddafi’s Dead, Libya’s Challenges Remain

Anti-Gaddafi fighters ride in a vehicle trailed by an image of Muammar al-Qaddafi after the fall of Sirte on October 20, 2011. (Esam Al-Fetori/courtesy Reuters) Muammar al-Qaddafi died today as he r…

Anti-Gaddafi fighters gesture as they ride in a vehicle, trailed by an image of Muammar Gaddafi, after the fall of Sirte in the town October 20, 2011. Gaddafi was killed on Thursday as Libya’s new leaders declared they had overrun the last bastion of his long rule, sparking wild celebrations that eight months of war may finally be over. Details of the death near Sirte of the fallen strongman were hazy but it was announced by several officials of the National Transitional Council (NTC) and backed up by a photograph of a bloodied face ringed by familiar, Gaddafi-style curly hair. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori

February 25, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Israel, Food Aid, and the Iranian Nuclear Program

International Atomic Energy Agency, Report on the Islamic Republic of Iran (PDF), February 24, 2012. Ehud Eiran, “What Happens After Israel Attacks Iran,” Foreign Affairs, February 23, 2012. …

Homs tank

March 29, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: A Syrian Peace Plan, An Arab Summit in Baghdad, and Iran Prepares for Nuclear Talks

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. A spokesman for UN special envoy Kofi Annan announced on Tuesday that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad accepted Annan’s six-point peace plan. Iran also an…

Iraq's foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari meets with his Kuwaiti counterpart sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah upon his arrival for the Arab foreign ministers meeting as part of the Arab League Summit in Baghdad on March 28, 2012 (Mohammed Ameen/Courtesy Reuters).