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October 3, 2011

Intelligence
Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric with ties to al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate, gives a sermon in an undisclosed location in October 2008. After covert military operations are revealed—in this cas…

Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing

March 12, 2012

United States
U.S. Targeted Killings: Official Confusion

Last Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder gave a policy speech at Northwestern University Law School, reportedly intended to “reveal publicly the legal reasoning behind [the Obama administration’s] d…

Director Mueller

January 20, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Failed Conciliation in Syria, Gaza, and Bahrain

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. With scores of Syrians killed daily, the Arab League received its observer mission’s much awaited report on Thursday. Human Rights Watch urged the Arab Le…

Islamic Jihad militants take part in the funeral of their comrades in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 30, 2011 (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Courtesy Reuters).

March 22, 2012

Israel
Middle East Matters This Week: Modest Security Council Steps on Syria While Copts Mourn in Egypt

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Pope Shenouda III, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt for over forty years, died last Saturday. Thousands of mourners attended his Cairo fune…

Egyptian Coptic priests and Christians carry the coffin of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, upon its arrival for burial at St. Bishoy Monastery in Wadi al-Natrun, on March 20, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

September 21, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: National Security Threats, Drones, and ’Red Lines’

Margaret Coker, Adam Entous, Jay Solomon, and Siobhan Gorman, “Miscues Before Libya Assault,” Wall Street Journal, September 21, 2012. Some officials say the U.S. could have sent military forces to …

Netanyahu AIPAC

October 26, 2012

Israel
Middle East Matters This Week: Significant Developments in Syria, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. A deadly car bomb exploded in Damascus today just hours after the Eid holiday ceasefire, brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi between Syria’s …

A crowd gathers in front of damaged buildings after a car bomb exploded in Damascus hours after the ceasefire went into place on October 26, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

December 27, 2012

Global
Ten World Leaders Who Died in 2012

Yesterday I wrote about ten American foreign policy luminaries who died in 2012. Below are ten significant foreign leaders and diplomats who died in 2012. Raymond Aubrac (b. 1914) was a leader of …

Journalists watch workers install some of the 288 Waterford crystals on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball in New York (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters).

November 8, 2012

United States
Middle Eastern Reactions to President Obama’s Reelection

“It made my day… I and my friends expected war if Romney won.” – Sima, a businesswoman in Tehran “President Obama will press for human rights and democracy to leave his marks in history…Also, the re…

U.S. ambassador to Iraq Robert Stephen Beecroft speaks during a news conference in Baghdad after the announcement of Obama's victory on November 7, 2012 (Mohammed/Courtesy Reuters).

May 10, 2013

Israel
Middle East Matters This Week: Israel Strikes Damascus, Egypt Reshuffles Government, and World Powers Scramble

Significant Developments Syria. Hassan Nasrallah announced yesterday that Syria would transfer strategic “game-changing” weapons to the Lebanese group Hezbollah. The televised speech was a response …

An explosion in Damascus (SANA/Courtesy Reuters).

March 12, 2014

India
Indian Politics: From Identity to Governance

This post is part of a series on the Indian elections. In the fall of 1990, I got off an Air India flight and landed in Delhi for the first time. I was taking part in a college semester abroad progr…

Election Commission of India