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March 10, 2011

United States
America Shouldn’t Hijack Egypt’s Revolution

Hillary Clinton met with Hosni Mubarak in Washington in August 2009 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Hi folks, Below is my take on how America should respond to Egypt’s revolution. It appeared on …

America Shouldn’t Hijack Egypt’s Revolution

December 9, 2011

Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Stonewalls and Iran Accuses

Anti-government protesters pray next to the bodies of people who were among the Sunni Muslims killed on Wednesday, in Hula near Homs November 2, 2011. Syrian activists said on Wednesday that security…

Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Stonewalls and Iran Accuses

February 6, 2012

United States
Egypt and the United States: It’s Not You, It’s Me

Egypt’s former ambassador to the United States, Nabil Fahmy, once remarked that the U.S.-Egypt relationship was like “a mature marriage.”  It seems that with the trial of 19 Americans and 16 Egyptian…

Its-not-you-its-me

November 22, 2011

Egypt
Habla Espanol, Mushir Tantawi?

Head of Egypt's ruling military council Field Marshal Tantawi (Amr Nabil/Courtesy Reuters). In a piece today at ForeignPolicy.com, I argued that the root of Egypt’s present troubles is a worldvi…

Head of Egypt’s ruling military council Field Marshal Tantawi.

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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May 10, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Israel’s Surprise Unity Agreement, Further Disunity in Syria

Significant Middle East Developments Israel. In a move that caught virtually all Israelis by surprise, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early Tuesday morning that he was forming a new uni…

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and new Kadima head Shaul Mofaz give a joint press conferece on May 8, 2012

May 17, 2012

Israel
Middle East Matters This Week: Syrian Opposition Woes as Concerns Over Iran Increase

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Earlier today, Burhan Ghalioun offered to resign as head of the Syrian National Council, the country’s primary opposition group. In making the announcemen…

 Burhan Ghalioun, head of the opposition Syrian National Council, speaks during a news conference with Italy's foreign minister Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata at the end of their meeting in Rome on May 13, 2012 (Alessandro Bianchi/Courtesy Reuters).

September 6, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Iran Tensions Mount as Syria’s Regional Isolation Increases

Significant Middle East Developments Iran. The International Atomic Energy Agency briefed members with a series of satellite images yesterday further suggesting nuclear sanitation at Iran’s Parchin …

Iran's International Atomic Energy Agency ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh reacts as he addresses a news conference during a board of governors meeting at the United Nations headquarters (Herwig Prammer/Courtesy Reuters).

February 4, 2013

Israel
Turkey: Davutoglu’s Pebbles

A few years ago, a Turkish contact in a position to know regaled me with stories about the inner workings of the ruling Justice and Development Party—who was up and who was down, the personality diff…

ISRpilot

March 22, 2013

The World Next Week: Pakistan Celebrates Republic Day, BRICS Meet in South Africa, and the Arab League Convenes in Qatar

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Pakistan’s Republic Day, the BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, and the Arab League summit in Doha. [audio: http://www.cfr.org/conte…

A boy walks past a Pakistani flag in Rawalpindi (Faisal Mahmood/Courtesy Reuters).