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May 10, 2014

Weekend Reading: Remembering Bassem Sabry

My friend, Bassem Sabry, died suddenly on April 29.  There have been many moving tributes to his memory over the last few weeks.  I do not have much to add other than the fact that Bassem was a light…


April 3, 2017

Fake News Has a Long History in the Middle East—and the Lessons for Americans Are Unmistakably Dire

Information has long been falsified and weaponized in Turkey and the Arab world—and we're headed that way fast.


June 24, 2016

Friday Asia Update: Five Stories From the Week of June 24, 2016

Rachel Brown, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Smoldering discontent rekindles protests in Wukan, China. Nearly five years ago, popular protests eru…


November 25, 2013

Egypt and Turkey: Nightmares

I remember sitting in the lobby of the Kempinski hotel in Cairo on a late afternoon in September 2011 chatting with an Egyptian friend and an American colleague when I became distracted and lost the …

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) hosts ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (L) in Ankara on September 30, 2012.

March 27, 2012

Politics and Government
Guest Post: Why I Feel Disappointed By Egypt’s New Constituent Assembly

My friend, Bassem Sabry, weighs in on Egypt’s recently selected constituent assembly, the body charged with drafting the country’s next constitution. Bassem blogs at An Arab Citizen. As I regard the…


May 22, 2012

Why Are Egypt’s Presidential Elections Significant?

In an historic development, Egyptians head to the polls on Wednesday and Thursday to vote for a new president. To better understand the importance of this week’s elections, I asked a number of Egypti…

An Egyptian expatriate living in Lebanon casts his ballot at a polling station at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut on May 11, 2012, during an early voting ahead of Egypt's presidential election (Sharif Karim/Courtesy Reuters).

December 30, 2011

Middle East Matters This Week: Escalating U.S.-Iranian Tensions in the Gulf

Iranian military personnel participate in the Velayat-90 war game in an unknown location near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on December 30, 2011 (Hamed Jafarnejad/Courtesy Reuters). Signific…

Middle East Matters This Week: Escalating U.S.-Iranian Tensions in the Gulf

July 27, 2011

Human Rights
Egypt: Her Excellency, Madame President?

Women show ink on their fingers after they cast their ballots in the second round of Egypt's parliamentary election in Egypt (Asmaa Waguih/Courtesy Reuters) My friend, Bassem Sabry, weighs in on…

Egypt: Her Excellency, Madame President?

May 6, 2008

Financial Markets
Saudi Arabia to implement an IMF style fiscal austerity program with oil at $120?

Oil is trading above $120. Saudi Arabia exports more oil than anyone else.     It isn’t unrealistic to think the Saudis oil export revenue could approach $400 billion a year if oil stays above $120…

November 18, 2007

Financial Markets
The Gulf seems determined to let everyone take a punt on a December revaluation

Note: This is Brad Setser, Not Michael Pettis The heads GCC countries will meet in early December.  They are expected to announce that the launch date of their currency union will be delayed – and pr…