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April 14, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
The Amir’s TV Station

Qatar's Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on December 2, 2010. (Louafi Larbi/Courtesy Reuters) The president’s meeting today with the Amir of Qatar offers a timely opportunity to take sto…

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on December 2, 2010.

December 15, 2015

Global
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2015

Every year has its share of significant events. Two thousand fifteen is no exception. Here is my list of the ten most significant events of the year. You may want to read what follows closely. Severa…

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November 13, 2014

United States
This Week: Iran Negotiations, Jordan-Israel Crisis Talks, and New Syria Truce Proposal

Significant Developments Iran. Negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 countries hinted at a possible extension of the November 24 deadline for a nuclear deal, after three days of talks in Oman failed to…

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), EU envoy Catherine Ashton (C) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meet in Muscat November 10, 2014 (Kamm/Courtesy Reuters).

November 6, 2014

United States
This Week: Violence in Jerusalem, Nusra gains in Syria, and U.S. Policy Shift on Isis

Significant Developments Jordan-Israel-Palestine. The Jordanian Minister of Islamic Affairs, Hayel Dawood, accused Israel yesterday of attacking the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and of causing fire d…

Israeli border police officers walks in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City November 5, 2014 (Awad/Courtesy Reuters).

October 31, 2014

United States
You Might Have Missed: FSA fighters, ISIS, and Cruise Missiles

General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,Interview with Al Jazeera Arabic News Channel, October 29, 2014. QUESTION:…

October 23, 2014

United States
This Week: Turkey’s Acquiescence and Iran Sanctions

Significant Developments ISIS-Turkey. Turkey announced on Monday that it would allow Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to cross its border to come to Kobani’s defense, five weeks after the start of ISI…

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells (Jadallah/Courtesy Reuters).

June 19, 2014

United States
This Week: Iraq’s Morass, Iran’s Talks, and Egypt’s Trials

Significant Developments Iraq. President Obama told reporters today that the United States will deploy up to 300 military advisors to Iraq to help the country’s security services "take the fight" to…

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (L) after their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, November 1, 2013 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

December 19, 2013

United States
This Week: Syrian War Crimes, Iranian Talks, and Egyptian Acquitals

Significant Developments Syria. UN investigators reported today that the Assad regime has been conducting extensive and systemic abductions that constitute a war crime and “widespread campaign of te…

Residents react while calling for help as they hold an injured man that survived shelling after what activists said was an air strike from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Takeek Al-Bab area of Aleppo, December 17, 2013 (AboBrahim/Courtesy Reuters).

September 19, 2013

United States
This Week: Syria, Iran, and Israeli-Palestinian Diplomacy; Violence in Egypt

Syria. Diplomats in New York appeared stymied in their efforts to craft a new United Nations Security resolution calling for the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. The Security Council bega…

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks next to U.N. Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi (C) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after a meeting discussing the ongoing problems in Syria at the United Nations offices in Geneva September 13, 2013 (Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

July 3, 2013

Egypt
Voices From Egypt

“It was more honorable for us to die than to have the people of Egypt terrorized or threatened.” –Gen. Abdul Fattah el-Sisi on a military-affiliated Facebook page early on Wednesday in a posting titl…

Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi take part in a protest demanding that Morsi resign at Tahrir Square in Cairo July 2, 2013 (El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters). .