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June 12, 2017

Qatar
Untangling the Qatar Kerfuffle

Sure, the tiny gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region. 

A Palestinian man holds a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017.

December 11, 2015

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories From the Week of December 11, 2015

Rachel Brown, Lincoln Davidson, Ariella Rotenberg, and Gabriel Walker look at the top stories in Asia this week. 1. Human trafficking investigator flees Thailand. Maj. Gen. Paween Pongsirin, a senio…

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August 24, 2015

What Do Jerusalem Arabs Want?

It is conventional wisdom that all Palestinians seek, above all else, a Palestinian state. This is a reasonable conclusion to draw, although polls over the years have suggested that it may well be in…

October 30, 2014

United States
This Week: Islamist Defeat in Tunisia, Increased Violence in Jerusalem, and Counter-Offensive in Kobani

Significant Developments Tunisia. The Tunisian election commission confirmed the victory of the secular party Nidaa Tunis in the country’s parliamentary elections held Sunday. It was Tunisia’s secon…

Supporters of the Nida Tounes (Call of Tunisia) secular party movement wave flags and shout slogans outside Nidaa Tounes headquarters in Tunis October 28, 2014 (Souissi/Courtesy Reuters).

June 5, 2014

United States
This Week: Israeli-Palestinian Escalation, Egyptian and Syrian Elections

Significant Developments Israel-Palestine.  Palestinian officials responded strongly to Israel’s announcement last night of plans for nearly 1,500 new housing units. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman fo…

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah (6th L) and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (5th L) pose for a group photo with Palestinian ministers during a swearing-in ceremony of the technocratic government, in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 2, 2014 (Torokman/Courtesy Reuters).

April 30, 2014

Egypt
Egypt’s War on Honest Language

This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  Egyptian officials will respond to the storm of criticism over the mass death sentences handed down to …

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February 13, 2014

Israel
This Week: Syria’s Machinations, Egypt’s Presidency, and Iran’s Bravado

Significant Developments Syria. Russia today presented a draft resolution on Syrian humanitarian aid access that includes a condemnation of “terrorism” to the UN Security Council. Yesterday, Russian…

Syria's UN ambassador Bashar Ja'afari (R) talks with Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin before members of the United Nations Security Council take part in a vote on a resolution eradicating Syria's chemical arsenal during a Security Council meeting during the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York September 27, 2013 (Bedford/Courtesy Reuters).

December 24, 2013

Egypt
Egypt Ends the Year With Prison Sentences

On December 18, Egyptian security forces raided the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR), a leading think tank.  The timing is extraordinary, because foreign diplomats and human rig…

December 23, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Kerry Negotiations

Secretary of State Kerry continues his "peace process" efforts at hammering out a comprehensive deal, or at least a framework deal, between Israelis and Palestinians. Two recent articles are reminde…

November 7, 2013

United States
This Week: Iranian Negotiations, Syrian CW Dismantlement, and Israeli-Palestinian Squabbling

Significant Developments Iran. Nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 countries and Iran began today in Geneva with participants voicing optimism that a deal could be reached within days. A senior U…

Iranian and international negotiators in Geneva November 7, 2013 (Balibouse/Courtesy Reuters).