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January 27, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Tumultuous Anniversary

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians returned to Tahrir Square on Friday chanting “down with military rule” in a day dubbed “The Friday of Pride and Dignity…

Demonstrators take part in a protest marking the first anniversary of Egypt's uprising at Tahrir square in Cairo on January 25, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

January 6, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Bombs, More Bombs, and Peace Talks

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. At least twenty-five people were killed, and dozens more injured, by a bomb attack in Damascus today. It was the second bombing to take place in Syria’s c…

People gather around damaged cars at the site of an explosion in the Maidan district of Damascus January 6, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A suicide bomber killed several people and wounded dozens in central Damascus on Friday, Syrian state television said.

November 2, 2012

Defense and Security
What Was That Drone Doing in Benghazi?

Adam Entous, Siobhan Gorman, and Margaret Coker, “CIA Takes Heat for Role in Libya,” Wall Street Journal, November 2, 2012. At 5:41 p.m. Eastern time, Mrs. Clinton called Mr. Petraeus. She wanted to…

Benghazi attack 11-2-2012

August 16, 2013

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Spies, Think Tanks, and Stuxnet Realities

Gregory D. Johnsen, “Did an 8-Year-Old Spy for America?” The Atlantic, August 14, 2013. At the time of the meeting, the boy didn’t know that the United States had decided to kill a man named Adnan a…

funeral convoy carrying bodies of four Islamist militants killed by an air strike

April 11, 2013

United States
Funding Foreign Policy for National Security: Obama’s Civilian Power Budget

The Obama administration’s $3.8 trillion budget request to Congress, released Wednesday, calls for $47.8 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for Internati…

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he leaves Ankara

November 11, 2011

Climate Change
Can the Keystone XL Coalition Stop Climate Change?

Bryan Walsh, writing at TIME, is right: Bill McKibben and the Keystone XL protestors have pulled off something pretty impressive. I’m not talking about the merits of the indefinite delay to the pipel…

December 6, 2013

Intelligence
You Might Have Missed: Snowden, Homeland Security, and Drone Strikes

Karen Parrish, “Hagel Arrives in Bahrain for Speech at Dialogue,” American Forces Press Service, December 5, 2013. Hagel noted during a press conference yesterday that even as it focuses more attent…

Ipsos Reuters Poll

October 11, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Secretary Jacob Lew: Women Contribute to Economic Growth

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. This interview features Jacob Lew, partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC and former U.S. secretary of…

A woman mechanic works on a car in an innovative garage and auto repair workshop that is catering exclusively to female customers, in Saint-Ouen-l'Aumone, in the suburbs of Paris. May 14, 2014.

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).

October 27, 2014

Digital Policy
Kissinger on Cyberspace

In 1954, U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles delivered a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) threatening massive nuclear retaliation as the basis of American foreign policy. Many …

Former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger waves to the media as he leaves the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 24, 2002. (Kieran Doherty/Courtesy Reuters)