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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…

December 14, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Abbas and Jerusalem

The reaction to President Trump's decision on Jerusalem has varied widely in the Arab world. For example, the Saudi reaction has been moderate. It is well described by Rob Satloff in a report on his …

April 21, 2020

Nigeria
Presidential Gatekeeper and Confidant, Abba Kyari, Dies From COVID-19

On April 18, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that his chief of staff, Abba Kyari, died from COVID-19 on the previous day. This is a tragedy for Nigeria and for the administration of President Bu…

Men wearing protective gear carry the coffin of the Nigerian president's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who died on Friday after contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Nigeria April 18, 2020.

September 29, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas’s UNGA Speech

Last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave a controversial speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Reactions have been strong. The U.S. State Department said "President Abbas’ speech …

October 19, 2015

Israel
Abbas, Hamas, and NIMBY

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas was quick to denounce the violence and arson at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. Moreover, he has instructed Palestinian Authority police to prevent a new intifada. But th…

September 28, 2011

United States
Abbas Strikes Out

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 23, 2011 (Courtesty REUTERS/Mike Segar). PLO Chairman (and Pale…

Abbas Strikes Out

June 24, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Spurns Rivlin’s Hand--and Peace

Since leaving the White House in January, 2009, I’ve been telling audiences that Palestinian president and PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas will never, never sign a peace agreement with Israel--no matter wha…

July 29, 2014

Israel
Salvaging Abbas

This article was originally published here on TimesOfIsrael.com on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Almost from the start of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the commentariat has been seized with the idea of …

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May 1, 2017

Palestinian Territories
Palestinian President Abbas’ Washington Challenge

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas faces one of the greatest negotiating challenges of his political career on Wednesday when he meets President Trump at the White House: He must convince many skept…

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September 25, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
A Candid Speech from President Abbas

There have been many attacks on aspects of Palestinian President Abbas’s speech to the UN General Assembly last week, but it had one saving grace: candor. Let’s take just two examples. First, Mr. …