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October 1, 2012

Iran
WAITLIST: A Conversation with Ali Akbar Salehi

Related Reading: Iran: The Nuclear Challenge, Council on Foreign Relations, edited by Robert D. Blackwill

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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).

August 2, 2006

Lebanon
Defining Victory: The Differing Goals of Israel and Hezbollah

As the fighting between Israel and Lebanon escalates into its third week, each side has its own definition of victory and its own plan for emerging from the crisis. Some experts say Hezbollah already…

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…

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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).

December 8, 2012

United States
Voices From the Region: Egypt, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Iran, Iraq

“I never thought I would say this, but even Mubarak was more savvy when he spoke in a time of crisis.” – Hossam Bahgat, executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights “I hope God …

Supporters of Egyptian president Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans during a funeral for fellow supporters who died in recent clashes Al Azhar mosque in Cairo on December 7, 2012 (Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters).

April 18, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Palestine’s Political Shake-up, Syria’s Opposition Gains, and Mubarak’s Re-Trial

Significant Developments Palestine. Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad’s resignation was accepted over the weekend by President Mahmoud Abbas. Fayyad will reportedly remain in the pos…

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas stands beside Salam Fayyad (L) during a swearing-in ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah May 19,2009 (Arouri/Courtesy Reuters).

January 27, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Tumultuous Anniversary

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians returned to Tahrir Square on Friday chanting “down with military rule” in a day dubbed “The Friday of Pride and Dignity…

Demonstrators take part in a protest marking the first anniversary of Egypt's uprising at Tahrir square in Cairo on January 25, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

July 18, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Post-Coup Government and Other Regional Developments

Significant Developments Egypt. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met senior pro-Morsi figures during her visit to Cairo yesterday. Ashton’s meetings included former premier Hisha…

Egypt's interim president Adli Mansour (R) speaks with U.S. deputy secretary of state William Burns at El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, July 15, 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Dalsh).