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June 14, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Parliamentary Annulment and Increased Tensions over Syria

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court today deemed unconstitutional both the law governing the country’s recent parliamentary elections and the “Political …

 A protester shouts in front of police outside the Supreme Constitutional Court, where a decision is expected on the validity of the law passed by the Islamist-led parliament that sought to bar Ahmed Shafik in Cairo June 14, 2012 (Suhaib Salem/Courtesy Reuters).

May 18, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Yemen and Drone Wars

Iona Craig, "Toll Climbs in Yemen’s Fight Against al-Qaeda," USA Today, May 18, 2012. Julian E. Barnes, "U.S. Rethinks Secrecy on Drone Program," Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2012. The policy chang…

Yemen protester

May 24, 2012

United States
Egypt’s Historic Elections, Violent Eruptions in Lebanon and Yemen

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Egyptians went to the polls for a second consecutive day today for the first free presidential elections in Egypt’s history. The turnout was particularly …

A man holds his ballot sheet as he prepares to vote during Egypt's presidential elections in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on May 23, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

April 26, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: The bin Laden Anniversary, U.S.-China Dialogue, Ban Ki Moon in Myanmar, and Vietnam’s Liberation Day

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden; the upcoming U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing; UN Secre…


April 26, 2012

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Plan Flounders, Iraq’s Kurds Worry

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The United Nations Security Council established the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria on Saturday, increasing the number of ceasefire monitors there fro…

Members of the first U.N. monitoring team in Syria, together with members of the Syrian Free Army, visit Homs on April 21, 2012.

February 4, 2012

Defense and Security
America’s Drones, Transparency, and Accountability

On Monday evening, President Obama made the unprecedented decision to publicly acknowledge U.S. drone strikes against suspected terrorists and militants in Pakistan. During a Google+ “Hang Out” webch…

Shadow drone

November 11, 2011

You Might Have Missed: Civilian Protection, IAEA Report, and More

Ban ki-Moon delivers a speech during the opening ceremony in Bern on October 16, 2011 (Michael Buholzer/Courtesy Reuters). - UN Security Council, “Open debate on civilian protection,” November 9, 20…

Ban Ki-Moon delivers a speech during the opening ceremony in Bern on October 16, 2011 (Michael Buholzer/Courtesy Reuters).

November 3, 2011

International Organizations
Palestine and UNESCO: We’ve Only Just Begun

Palestinian Foreign Minister al-Malki and Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO Sanbar attend a press conference during the 36th session of UNESCO's General Conference in Paris (Benoit Tessier/Courtes…

Palestine and UNESCO: We’ve Only Just Begun

February 26, 2009

Security Alliances
NATO At 60 Symposium: Session II: NATO, Russia, and the Near Abroad

Watch experts debate topics such as how NATO should deal with Russia in the aftermath of the war in Georgia, the membership status of Ukraine and Georgia, President Medvedev's proposal for a summit o…


February 25, 2009

NATO At 60 Symposium: Remarks by Former NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson

Watch former NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson offer his views on the 60th anniversary of the NATO alliance, as part of the Council on Foreign Relations "NATO at 60" Symposium.