Middle East and North Africa News

Obama Outlines Strong US Role in Middle East at UN

Sep 24, 2013
President Barack Obama outlined his past and future policies toward the Middle East in his September 24 U.N. General Assembly speech. He committed to ensuring the free flow of oil from the region to world markets, dismantling terrorist networks, and stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He also promised that the United States would “continue to promote democracy, human rights, and open markets” to achieve peace and prosperity in the Middle East.

Report: Majority of Libyans Support Islamic Law

Sep 20, 2013
A majority of both Libyan men and women prefer Islamic law to be adopted as a main source of governance rather than the sole source, according to a new survey by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Some 54 percent of women think Sharia law would improve women’s rights, compared with 68 percent of men.

The Tally

Sep 20, 2013
The Syrians created a crisis by using chemical weapons in a massive attack on August 21, President Barack Obama threatened force but then vacillated, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, recognizing both Obama's strengths and his weaknesses, stepped up, grabbed center stage, and inserted himself directly into a process he'd long avoided. It shows that the right combination of pain and gain is what creates openings and drives big decisions.

Egypt’s Struggle for Democracy

Sep 19, 2013
How has Egypt fared since the military’s removal of President Morsi? Has the situation stabilized and is the nation on a path toward meaningful and lasting democratic reforms? Mohamed Anwar El Sadat, a nephew of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Sameh Fawzy, who was appointed to Egypt’s Shura Council by former President Morsi, provide context.

The Myth of Russia’s Diplomatic Victory, or With Allies Like These Who Needs Enemies?

Sep 18, 2013
As war again looms over the Middle East, the world has looked to the so-called “Russian proposal” to keep the peace. Responding to an off the cuff comment by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration has designed a deal whereby Syria would surrender its chemical weapons to international control in order to avoid a US-led military strike to take them out.

Widespread Discontent with Tunisian Leaders

Sep 13, 2013
More than two years after the Jasmine Revolution, nearly three quarters of Tunisians are dissatisfied with how democracy is working, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. Tunisians are especially critical of their political leaders. Both secular and Islamist political parties also suffered declines in popularity.

Rising Muslim Concerns about Islamic Extremism

Sep 12, 2013
Concern about Islamic extremism is rising among many of the world’s Muslims, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. In five of the 11 surveyed countries — Indonesia, Jordan, Pakistan, Tunisia and Turkey — worries about extremism have increased since 2012.

Marina Ottaway on President Obama's Address on Syria

Sep 11, 2013
Marina Ottaway comments on President Obama's speech to Congress making his case for military action against Syria.

David Ottaway on President Obama's Address on Syria

Sep 11, 2013
David Ottaway comments on President Obama's speech to Congress making his case for military action against Syria.

Robin Wright on President Obama's Address on Syria

Sep 11, 2013
Robin Wright comments on President Obama's speech to Congress making his case for military action against Syria.

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