Middle East and North Africa News

Jailing a Journalist to Shame Rouhani: Jason Rezaian’s Arrest in Iran Is a Ploy to Weaken Rouhani

Aug 04, 2014
"Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s correspondent in Iran, was arrested in Tehran on July 22 almost certainly not because of anything he had written, but because the hard-liners among Iran’s ruling elite seek to embarrass and weaken President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

America Needs to End its Obsession with Trying to Fix Everything in Gaza

Jul 31, 2014
"I worked as a U.S. negotiator on the Arab-Israeli conflict for almost 20 years, and nobody ever lost money betting against peace," writes Aaron David Miller. "When mediators do succeed, it's largely because the locals are ready for a deal – and a need a third party."
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Kerry Pushes for Gaza Cease-Fire

Jul 28, 2014
As Secretary of State John Kerry implores an end to the current crisis in the Middle East, violence continues in the region. Jane Harman joins NOW With Alex Wagner to discuss on MSNBC.

The Endgame in Gaza

Jul 22, 2014
Netanyahu has now laid out a different vision for an acceptable endgame -- the "demilitarization" of Gaza, writes Aaron David Miller. Is he serious and is a demilitarized Gaza really possible?

Event Transcript - Researching the Middle East

Jul 18, 2014
Transcript for a panel discussion on the challenges of researching and writing on recent Middle East history.

Why Israel Launched a Ground War in Gaza

Jul 18, 2014
After days of ominous buildup, it’s finally happening: Israel has launched a ground incursion into Gaza. Aaron David Miller explains why Bibi did it.
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Iran’s Nuclear Chess: Calculating America’s Moves

Jul 17, 2014
On the eve of the latest deadline for a potential deal with Iran over its nuclear program, Robert Litwak has authored an insightful study that considers the technical and political contexts for a possible resolution. He identifies a core question --- Is Iran a “revolutionary state” or an “ordinary country”?
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Jane Harman on the Violence in Gaza and the Immigration Crisis

Jul 14, 2014
Director Jane Harman discusses the escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians and the immigration crisis on CBS News' Talk of the Nation with Gerald Seib, Danielle Pletka, and Nia-Malika Henderson.

Five Myths About the Gaza Crisis

Jul 11, 2014
Yes, Israelis and Palestinians have entered yet another violent round in their seemingly interminable conflict. How did they get into this mess? And, more important, how are they going to get out of it? As we watch the fighting escalate, here are five myths that need correcting.

Reflections on Religious Freedom Issues in Egypt

Jul 11, 2014
Egypt's civil liberties have been called into question several times since the January 25 Revolution. Most recently, Egypt issued a law limiting preaching at mosques to graduates of Al-Azhar University. While this has come under heavy criticism both nationally and internationally, this decision is an attempt by Egypt to regulate, not restrict, religious freedoms, and in so doing puts Egypt back on the road to recovery from years of religious misinterpretation.

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