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August 26, 2019

International Organizations
The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The United Nations’ top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda, but its impact has varied widely since 1946.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres adjusts his tie.

April 19, 2019

Libya
The Fight for Libya: What to Know

Khalifa Haftar’s march on the Libyan capital is a bid for control of a fragmented state. Backed by a set of powerful governments, he could carry on the fight for a long time.    

Libya fighters

June 28, 2018

Libya
Rushing Libya’s Elections Will Lead to Disaster

The following is a guest post by Alexander Decina, research associate for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. For more than two years, the UN-backed Government of National …

HNEC attack

December 8, 2017

Development
Banking on the Future – Moms Learn From Their Daughters

Sometimes children are the best teachers. That is the case when it comes to financial services for women in Tanzania. In the capital of Dar es Salam, NMB has been teaching students about why acces…

Tanzanian seaweed farmers - women's economic empowerment

March 27, 2017

United States
Bill Maher Makes Us Dumber: How Ignorance, Fear and Stupid Pop-Culture Clichés Shape Americans’ View of the Middle East

Americans used to be just ignorant about Muslims and the Middle East. Now we're also fearful, stupid and wrong.

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December 15, 2015

Iran
Lebanon’s "Worthless" Government and the Fight Over the Presidency

It is rare for the prime minister of any country to call its government “worthless,” but Prime Minister Tammam Salam of Lebanon just did. For 19 months Lebanon has been unable to elect a president, a…

June 22, 2015

The Palestinian Authority’s Nasty Little War

Most news headlines this weekend regarding the Palestinian Authority covered the visit to Ramallah by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. There Fabius said the region would be "set ablaze" if an…

August 1, 2014

Iran
The Gaza War and the Feeble PA

The Gaza war took a new turn today, when Hamas violated a cease-fire in order to kill and capture IDF soldiers. The reasonable conclusion to draw is that Hamas’s agreement to the cease-fire was a rus…

February 13, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
The Cost of the "Peace Process"

The goal of Secretary of State Kerry’s energetic diplomacy with the Israelis and Palestinians is the two-state solution, which means the establishment of an independent, sovereign Palestine living at…

February 2, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
"Soft Bigotry," Secretary Kerry, and the PLO

Secretary of State Kerry continues to press forward in his negotiations with Israelis and Palestinians, seeking some sort of "framework" document that would be an acceptable basis for future negotiat…