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Egyptian Protests: Will the Military Step In?

Jul 01, 2013
Widespread and intense protests in Egypt raise serious questions about the stability and future of President Mohamed Morsi’s government. David Ottaway talks about the current crisis and its implications for future democratic reforms.

Morsi: On Anniversary and Protests

Jun 27, 2013
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi marked one year in office by admitting that he had made mistakes and promised “radical and quick reforms” for state institutions. But in his televised June 27 address to the nation, Morsi also accused regime remnants of instigating anti-government violence. He blamed unnamed “enemies of Egypt” for sabotaging democracy.

John Kerry, Lone Ranger of the Middle East

Jun 26, 2013
John Kerry has made the Middle East peace process a major priority of his term as secretary of state. But the prospects of success are not very high. That raises the question of what Kerry's strategy is -- and what his motivations are, writes Aaron David Miller in Foreign Affairs.

Scorecard: Islamist Successes and Failures

Jun 25, 2013
Islamists have won unprecedented political power In the Middle East since the 2011 uprisings, notably in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi marks his first year in office on June 30, 2013. Nathan Brown analyzes the Islamist scorecard. “Despite electoral victories, Islamists have not yet figured out how to wield political power,” he concludes.

Morsi Meter: 9,427 protests and counting one year later

Jun 25, 2013
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi marks one-year in power on June 30, 2013. It has been a contentious year fraught with growing troubles—and many protests. The opposition is calling for the biggest demonstrations since the 2011 uprising on the anniversary. The following run-down of Egypt’s top ten problems helps explain growing public frustration and rage.

Qatar Emir’s Abdication Speech

Jun 25, 2013
The Emir of Qatar abdicated in favor of his 33-year-old son on June 25, 2013. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani announced the long-rumored decision on national television. “Teach your children the best of what you have been taught for they have been created for a time different than yours," he told his people.

Women on Syria Part I: Greatest Fears

Jun 24, 2013
In June 2013, the death toll in Syria reportedly rose to more than 100,000. The conflict began with non-violent protests in March 2011, but quickly turned violent after harsh regime crackdowns. Twelve women from seven Arab countries, from Bahrain to Egypt and Syria, were asked what they feared most about the conflict.

Women on Syria Part II: After Assad

Jun 24, 2013
The endgame in Syria is not clear after two years of intense fighting between the rebels and government forces. But the Syrian opposition has made it clear that President Bashar Assad leave the country. Twelve women from seven Arab countries, from Bahrain to Egypt and Syria, were asked what a post-Assad Syria would be like.

Iran Election Update

Jun 21, 2013
The Middle East Program offers the latest news on the Iranian presidential election of June 2013, based on a selection of Iranian news sources. The Iran Election Update is a daily summary of up-to-date information with links to news in both English and Farsi. It includes the latest developments and analysis of news about the upcoming election.

The Struggle for Power in Saudi Arabia

Jun 20, 2013
As the gerontocratic rulers of the House of Saud plot to appoint successors, the inside fight to lead the kingdom is heating up, writes senior scholar David Ottaway.

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