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October 12, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt Clashes, Turkey-Syria Escalate, Israel Calls Elections

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Hundreds of people were injured today when supporters and opponents of Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi clashed violently in Tahrir Square for the first tim…

A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi punches an anti-Brotherhood protester at Tahrir Square on October 12, 2012 (Chany/Courtesy Reuters).

August 23, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Lebanon Erupts, Syria Boils, and Egypt Builds Up

Significant Middle East Developments Lebanon. Renewed clashes broke out today in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli between Sunnis and Alawites, despite a ceasefire brokered yesterday. Since fightin…

A Sunni Muslim gunman aims his rifle from the neighborhood of Bab al-Tebbaneh in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, during clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawites on August 22, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

March 30, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Afghanistan, and the North Korean Nuclear Program

Chris Woods and Emma Slater, “Arab spring brings steep rise in U.S. attacks in Yemen,” Bureau of Investigative Journalism, March 29, 2012. At least 26 US military and CIA strikes involving crui…

Afghanistan helicopter

August 17, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Israeli Strike on Iran, No-Fly Zone in Syria, and Ernest Hemingway

Benny Morris, “Obama’s Last Chance Before Israel Bombs Iran,” The Daily Beast, August 16, 2012. (3PA: In this piece, Morris predicts “Israel is likely to strike [Iran] before the American elections…

Syria

June 14, 2012

Israel
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).

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

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.

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…

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