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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

September 27, 2011

A Conversation with Ali Akbar Salehi

LAWRENCE WRIGHT: Good evening, everybody. I want to welcome you to the council. And tonight we have a really exciting occasion with the foreign minister of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi.I want to do my due…

May 6, 2005


This publication is now archived. Who are the key Israeli and Palestinian political leaders?As plans move forward for Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, hopes for peace in the Middle East are h…

January 24, 2006

Palestinian Territories
The Palestinian Authority’s Government

Palestinian voters will elect a new Legislative Council on January 25. cfr.org offers a brief primer on the workings of the Palestinian Authority government.

March 29, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Session Four: Regional Consequences: The Geopolitics of the Changing Middle East

MICHAEL SLACKMAN: I'm Michael Slackman. I'm the deputy foreign editor with The New York Times now. Previously, I had been in the Middle East for eight years. We have a distinguished panel here today…

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

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).

November 22, 2011

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.

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…


February 21, 2012

United States
Charting a Course for the United States Toward Syria

Syria continues to heat up both domestically and internationally. Anti-government demonstrations finally reached the heart of Damascus Saturday as thousands of protesters marched through the Mezze di…

U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov look up during a signing ceremony at the State Department in Washington on July 13, 2011 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).