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August 25, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Did Mahmoud Abbas Just Resign?

There’s a bit of confusion about the recent "resignation" of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. What actually happened? Abbas wears three hats, as his predecessor and mentor Yasser Arafat did: head o…

June 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Israel’s War Will Never End

For Israelis and Palestinians, ethnic violence isn't a temporary problem. It’s a lasting identity.

Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir carries an Israeli flag as he dances together with others by Damascus gate just outside Jerusalem's Old City June 15, 2021.

August 17, 2021

Palestinian Territories
What Is Hamas?

The Palestinian armed group has struggled to govern Gaza. Yet, it remains committed to resisting Israel and shows little desire to reconcile with Palestinian leadership in the West Bank.

Gun-toting Hamas militants ride a vehicle amid a massive crowd of the group's supporters

May 24, 2021

Israel
Palestinian Politics After the Gaza Conflict

Can politics replace violence and terror? 

June 15, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Can Democracy Help Solve The Problem of Gaza?

What would happen if Palestinian politics were revived?

April 30, 2021

Palestinian Territories
After the "Postponement" of Palestinian Elections, Now What?

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has now “postponed” parliamentary elections scheduled for May 22. As I noted in a previous blog post and in an article in Fathom, this was no real surpri…

November 17, 2020

Israel
Biden Can Clean Up Trump's Israeli-Palestinian Policy Mess, But Can He Broker Peace?

The president-elect knows only too well the failures of all the presidents who preceded him, and the hardening of positions that's occurred on both sides.

Joe Biden, Benjamin Netanyahu

May 26, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Cook: Abbas’ Call for Referendum on Two-State Solution Puts Pressure on Hamas and Israel

Steven Cook says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ call for a two-state negotiated solution was "a shrewd move" becuase it puts pressure on the Hamas-led PA government, but also serves to constrai…

January 18, 2017

Defense and Security
How Peacekeepers Can Better Protect Civilians: Lessons From South Sudan and Beyond

As civilians increasingly are targeted in armed conflict, more peace operations have been mandated to protect civilians from physical violence, including sexual violence. Peacekeeping forces around t…

Podcast South-Sudan-Displacement-July 2016-RTSJJBH.jpg

August 12, 2020

Mali
What to Know About the Crisis in Mali

Opposition supporters, fed up with a corrupt political system, lack of economic opportunity, and continued violence, are demanding the president’s resignation.