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July 1, 1997

Russia
Russia, Its Neighbors, and an Enlarging NATO

NATO’s decision to enlarge comes at a time of historic opportunity. With this growth, NATO will issue invitations to additional European states, thereby extending and reinforcing the zone of stabilit…

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November 30, 2012

International Organizations
Palestinian Statehood at the UN

The quest by Palestinian officials for statehood recognition could have major repercussions for the Mideast peace process. This Backgrounder outlines the potential impact of the UN vote.

April 5, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Lebanon, Iran, Syria, and Israel-Palestine

Significant Developments Lebanon. Tamam Salam, a Lebanese member of Parliament and former minister of culture, has emerged as the consensus candidate to become Lebanon’s next prime minister. Lebanes…

Lebanese former minister Tammam Salam attends a meeting for pro-WMarch 14 political coalition in Beirut April 4, 2013 (Azakir/Courtesy Reuters).

October 26, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Targeted Killings, and Autonomous Robots

Maria Abi-Habib, “Troops Shot After Taliban Leader’s Call,” Wall Street Journal, October 26, 2012. Anti-American feelings are rife in the Afghan army and police, the two forces that are supposed to …

Armed reaper drone

October 5, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Iran, Drones, and U.S. Government Surveillance

Bill Sizemore, “Ex-Defense Chief Says Hit on Iran Would Be Disastrous,” The Virginian-Pilot, October 4, 2012. Neither the United States nor Israel is capable of wiping out Iran’s nuclear capability,…

Yemen Hadi

January 18, 2013

Middle East Matters This Week: Algeria’s Hostage Drama, Syrian Violence, and Elections in Israel and Jordan

Significant Middle East Developments Algeria. At least eighteen Algerian kidnappers and twelve hostages were killed in an Algerian military operation yesterday that freed six hundred and fifty hosta…

Riot police stand guard outside the French Embassy in Tunis on January 18, 2012, following the hostage-taking by Islamist militants in eastern Algeria (Mili/Courtesy Reuters).