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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

October 25, 2010

China
India-U.S.-China Strategic Triangle

After a week of meetings with Indian academics, think tank analysts, and government officials, I came away with a clear sense that there is a great deal of concern about China in Delhi these days. …

Statue of Indian Elephant

November 1, 2010

India
Continental and Maritime in U.S.-India Relations

The Indian financial newspaper, Business Standard, has published my latest “DC Diary” column.  With President Obama landing in New Delhi this week, it seemed like a good time to ask why Washington …

Continental and Maritime in U.S.-India Relations

April 14, 2011

Egypt
Goodfellas on the Nile

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's sons Alaa Mubarak and Gamal Mubarak in Cairo in early January (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters) In this extended season of the unthinkable becoming r…

Goodfellas on the Nile

October 11, 2011

Egypt
Egypt: the Maspero Pogrom and the Failure of Leadership

Egyptian Christian woman mourns at the Coptic Hospital in Cairo (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters) If February 11, 2011 demonstrated the very best of Egypt, then October 9, 2011 demonstrated th…

Egypt: the Maspero Pogrom and the Failure of Leadership

November 22, 2011

Egypt
The Miscalculations of Egypt’s Military

A protester throws a tear gas canister, which had earlier been thrown by riot police, near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 20, 2011 (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters). Please see below for my l…

A protester throws a tear gas canister, which had earlier been thrown by riot police, near Tahrir Square in Cairo November 20, 2011.

June 7, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Historic Verdict and Further Syrian Massacres

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. The trial of Hosni Mubarak concluded on Saturday with the three-judge panel sentencing the former Egyptian president and his former interior minister, Hab…

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is wheeled out of the courtroom in Cairo

September 24, 2012

Defense and Security
Ask the Experts: Do Targeted Killings Work?

The United States did not always carry out targeted killings (or assassinations) of perceived national security threats. To the contrary, the norm against targeted killings outside of battlefield set…

Armed drone Afghanistan

January 8, 2013

United States
The Middle East in 2013: Don’t Count on It

It is finally the second week of January, meaning that the annual year-end/beginning lists and prognostications are mercifully behind us.  Some of these catalogues of best-worst and “what to expect” …

ExplainingTheMiddleEastin2013

January 4, 2013

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

“The Iraqi spring is coming.” – Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shiite leader, expressed support for further demonstrations against Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki in a speech in Najaf on Tuesday “The…

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Sadr takes part in Friday prayers participated by Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim worshippers in a gesture of unity at the Abdul Qadir Gilani Mosque in Baghdad on January 4, 2012 (Al-Sudani/Courtesy Reuters).