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September 16, 1998

Middle East and North Africa
Testimony of Henry Siegman Before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Introduction The Issue of Security Palestinian Responsibility Hollow Diplomacy A New Framework for the Peace Process The Reciprocity Debate Imposing U.S. Views on Israe…

January 21, 2011

Friday File: Obama 2.0

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle examine the bible used for his swearing-in ceremony in Washington. (Poll New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama has reached the halfway po…

U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle examine the bible used for his swearing-in ceremony in Washington

January 20, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is It Time to Intervene in Syria?

Above the Fold. Anyone who watched last night’s GOP presidential debate from Charleston, South Carolina could be forgiven for concluding that the United States has no pressing problems overseas. Not …

Lebanese and Syrian protesters in northern Lebanon carry banners and burn a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they march in solidarity with Syria's anti-government protesters on January 20, 2012. (Omar Ibrahim/courtesy Reuters)

December 12, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012 Roundup: Huntsman Hits the Sunday Talk Shows

Jon Huntsman waits to speak at the Republican Jewish Coalition's Republican Presidential Candidates Forum on December 7, 2011. (Molly Riley/courtesy Reuters) One familiar face missing from Satu…

epublican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman waits to speak at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s (RJC) 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Forum in Washington December 7, 2011. REUTERS/Molly Riley (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

April 6, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Malian Rebels Proclaim Independent Country of Azawad

Above the Fold. Tuareg rebel fighters in northern Mali today declared the independent country of Azawad. The announcement comes on the heels of the rebels’ rapid success in driving government forces …


June 8, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones Abroad and at Home

Michael Crowley, “Drone Dilemma,” Time, June 18, 2012. When the White House announced on June 5 that a CIA drone attack in Pakistan’s tribal area had killed al-Qaeda’s No. 2 official, Abu Yahya al-L…

U.S. Customs and Border drone

September 12, 2012

Diplomacy and International Institutions
History Lessons: The Oslo Accords

A new installment of "History Lessons" is now out. This time I examine the signing of the Oslo Accords on September 13, 1993. In the video, I discuss the secret negotiations that produced the agreeme…

December 9, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Iran Debate Heats Up

An Iranian military base is seen near the town of Bid Kaneh in this satellite image taken on September 9, 2011. (GeoEye via Google Earth/ISIS/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The political debate o…

military base is seen near the town of Bid Kaneh, in Iran, in this satellite image taken on September 9, 2011, and released by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) to Reuters on December 2, 2011. ISIS released a commercial satellite image of the military compound where a large explosion occurred on November 12, 2011. Compared to an earlier picture of the site as shown here, an image taken on November 22, 2011 shows that most of the buildings on the compound appear extensively damaged. MANDATORY CREDIT - GEOEYE REUTERS/GeoEye via Google Earth/ISIS/Handout

August 22, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Alleged Syrian Chemical Weapons Use, Mubarak Leaves Prison in Egypt

Significant Developments Syria. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius called today for a forceful international response  to reports that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons outside Damascus ye…

A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013 (Khabieh/Courtesy Reuters).

September 12, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Washington and Moscow Spar on Syria, Oslo Accords Twenty Years On, Lehman Brothers Collapse Five Years Later

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the continuing crisis in Syria, the twentieth anniversary of the Oslo Accords, and the state of the economy five years after the Lehman …

Russian president Vladimir Putin walks past U.S. president Barack Obama during a group photo at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).