Middle East and North Africa News

Obama Will Bomb Syria

Aug 27, 2013
"Obama will act militarily in Syria, but deliberately. Whatever its misgivings, the U.S. military will execute whatever attack the president authorizes – maybe missile strikes against units that have used chemical weapons, or against other military infrastructure. And if he explains his reasoning clearly and transparently, he’ll have Congress and the public behind him," writes Aaron David Miller in Politico.

The Marriage and Divorce of Hamas and Hezbollah

Aug 26, 2013
Hamas and Hezbollah have had a dramatic break-up after the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011. Part of the break-up is due to sectarian differences; another part is due to rival regional alliances. For the wider Middle East, the Hamas-Hezbollah split is a dangerous microcosm of a growing trend.

Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Aug 22, 2013
“I think urging the U.N. immediately to investigate this is right action number one and then, two, mobilizing the entire world community. If there was a massive use of chemical weapons, that should be a rallying cry for the world to get involved,” said Jane Harman on Andrea Mitchell Reports.

Obama's Egypt Policy Makes Perfect Sense

Aug 21, 2013
The only thing that's really clear about U.S. Middle East policy these days is its stunning lack of clarity, writes Aaron Miller. Still, even while it seems confused and directionless, Barack Obama's Middle East policies have logic and coherence.

Region’s Hardliners Will Take Heart

Aug 15, 2013
The military government that is fast taking shape in Egypt will strengthen the hands of the hardliners across the region, writes Haleh Esfandiari in The New York Times.

Five Ways to Tell If Mideast Peace Talks Are Serious

Aug 13, 2013
Israeli-Palestinian talks are set to begin this week. How will we know if progress is being made? Aaron Miller says there are signs to look for to see if the talks are going anywhere.

Gallup: Tunisians Lose Confidence in Government

Aug 13, 2013
Tunisians' confidence in their Islamist-led government evaporated in the last year, dropping to 32 percent in May 2013 from 56 percent in March 2012.Citizens' trust in their government showed signs of major erosion in late 2012 and has not recovered.

US and EU Jointly on Egypt

Aug 07, 2013
On August 7, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and E.U. High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton urged Egypt's government and opposition parties to begin a process of "genuine reconciliation" and to quickly prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections.

Report: Violence Widens Egypt’s Political Divide

Aug 07, 2013
The political divide between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi has dramatically widened as violence has risen, according to a new International Crisis Group Report. Bloodshed has deeply entrenched the two camps against each other, making political compromise more difficult. Negotiations may be particularly difficult because neither side is monolithic.

Women on Egypt's Coup

Aug 05, 2013
The rise of Islamist political parties has arguably impacted women more than any other sector of society. But women from four Arab countries had diverse reactions to military coup against the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt on July 3.

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