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December 11, 2015

Fiddling in Yemen: A Messy War’s Lessons for Global Conflict Management

Coauthored with Callie Plapinger, intern in the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. As the world watches Syria burn, a tiny glimmer of hop…

Protesters demonstrate against the Saudi-led air strikes outside the United Nations offices in Sana'a, Yemen, on November 2, 2015.

April 5, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Lebanon, Iran, Syria, and Israel-Palestine

Significant Developments Lebanon. Tamam Salam, a Lebanese member of Parliament and former minister of culture, has emerged as the consensus candidate to become Lebanon’s next prime minister. Lebanes…

Lebanese former minister Tammam Salam attends a meeting for pro-WMarch 14 political coalition in Beirut April 4, 2013 (Azakir/Courtesy Reuters).

February 22, 2013

Middle East Matters This Week: Egyptian Elections, Damascus Explosions, and a New Tunisian Government

Significant Developments Egypt. President Mohammed Morsi issued a decree last night calling for parliamentary elections to begin April 27 and end in late June. The vote will take place in four stage…

Egyptian electoral workers carry ballot box at a center for vote counting during a previous parliamentary election (El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

February 28, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Iranian Negotiations, Syrian Deterioration, and Palestinian Violence

Significant Developments Iran. Negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 countries, meeting for the first time since June, agreed yesterday in Kazakhstan to hold further meetings on Iran’s nuclear program …

Participants sit at a table during talks on Iran's nuclear program in Almaty on February 26, 2013 (Filippov/Courtesy Reuters)..

November 2, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Opposition Dumped While Tunisians, Egyptians, and Kuwaitis Protest

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The Syrian National Council (SNC) lashed out at the United States today, accusing Washington of trying to “undermine the Syrian revolution.” The SNC was r…

U.S. secretary of state Clinton meets with a small group of expatriate Syrian opposition members at a hotel in Geneva on December 6, 2011 (Applewhite/Courtesy Reuters).

October 5, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Middle East Matters This Week: Syrian-Turkish Clashes, Jordanian Demonstrations, and Iranian Unrest

Significant Middle East Developments Turkey-Syria. Turkey returned fire into Syria today after a new Syrian shell landed in the Turkish town of Akcakale. Today’s fire exchange comes two days after S…

A Turkish soldier is reflected on a mirror as he stands guard on the Turkish-Syrian border near the Akcakale border crossing on October 4, 2012 (Sezer/Courtesy Reuters).

April 26, 2012

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Plan Flounders, Iraq’s Kurds Worry

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The United Nations Security Council established the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria on Saturday, increasing the number of ceasefire monitors there fro…

Members of the first U.N. monitoring team in Syria, together with members of the Syrian Free Army, visit Homs on April 21, 2012.

April 12, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Cease-fire, Iran’s Negotiations, and Egypt’s New Presidential Candidate

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. An uneasy UN-brokered ceasefire went into effect at dawn in Syria this morning. Activists report relative quiet throughout the country though Syrian force…

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March 2, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Besieges, Egypt Relents, and Iran War-Talk

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Developments shifted back this week to the intense fighting in Syria, especially the siege of Homs. On Thursday, Syrian rebels announced their retreat fro…

Some of the fourteen Egyptian activists who were accused of working for unlicensed non-governmental organizations and receiving illegal foreign funds, stand in a cage during the opening of their trial in Cairo on February 26, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

March 8, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Israel and the U.S. Talk Iran

Significant Middle East Developments Israel. President Obama held three hours of talks with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday. The two focused almost entirely on th…

U.S. president Barack Obama meets with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 5, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).