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January 20, 2011

Politics and Government
The Calculations of Tunisia’s Military

Tunisian army soldier stands in front of the headquarters of the Constitutional Democratic Rally party of ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali during a demonstration in Tunis on January 20, 2011 …

The Calculations of Tunisia’s Military

July 8, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: Brinkmanship on the Debt Ceiling

The National Debt Clock hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York, May 16, 2011. (Chip East/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. They say that if …

The National Debt Clock hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York, May 16, 2011.

August 1, 2011

Turkey
Istanbul On The Nile

Egyptian soldiers stand behind barbed wire as demonstrators clash with loyalists of the ruling military council near the defence ministry, the headquarters of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces …

Istanbul On The Nile

September 6, 2011

Intelligence
Who Can’t America Kill?

Three captured Taliban insurgents are presented to the media in Ghazni province on August 25, 2011 (Mustafa Andaleb/Courtesy Reuters). Capitalizing on public interest in the death of Osama Bin Laden…

Three captured Taliban insurgents are presented to the media in Ghazni province on August 25, 2011 (Mustafa Andaleb/Courtesy Reuters).

August 25, 2011

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Peacekeepers for Libya?

The United Nations Security Council meets at the UN Headquarters in New York on July 13, 2011. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I talked about the UN …

The United Nations Security Council meets at the U.N. Headquarters in New York on July 13, 2011.

April 21, 2011

Defense and Security
Is NATO Escalating Its Commitment in Libya?

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the main Libyan rebel council, as he leaves the Elysee Palace on April 20, 2011. (Philippe Wojazer/courtesy Reute…

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the main Libyan rebel council, as he leaves the Elysee Palace on April 20, 2011. (Philippe Wojazer/courtesy Reuters)

February 24, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Middle East Matters This Week: Hamas, “Friends” Line up Against Syria’s Assad

Significant Middle East Developments Hamas. Hamas officials announced today a break with long-time ally Syrian president Assad. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told a crowd of thousands at Cairo’s al-Az…

Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu confers with United Arab Emirates' foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan during the “Friends of Syria” conference in Tunis on February 24, 2012 (Jason Reed/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).

April 29, 2011

Weekend Reading

Palestinian youths read the Koran during a lesson inside a mosque in Gaza City (Mohammed Salem/Courtesy Reuters) Good Morning, Sinai: Hassan Nafaa on the potential new relationship between the Eg…

Weekend Reading

June 13, 2012

Politics and Government
Libya: Dealing With the Enemy?

My friend, Karim Mezran, weighs in with a guest post today on an under-reported meeting between a prominent Libyan Islamist and members of Qaddafi’s entourage in Cairo.  What is going on Libya? The …

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