Middle East and North Africa News

The Future of Syria

Apr 04, 2013
"This is not just a Syria problem, this is a world problem. I think we have reached the tipping point. This opposition or what is good about it…has got to get more support from the United States and it has to be known that we are helping,” said Jane Harman on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Call for Papers “International Forum for Postdoctoral Scholars in Cold War International History Studies"

Apr 04, 2013
To foster the growth of emerging talents in conducting advanced research in Cold War history in China, East China Normal University will hold an “International Forum for Postdoctoral Scholars in Cold War International History Studies.” The forum will be at the East China Normal University campus at the Northern Zhongshan Road (Zhongshan Beilu), Shanghai. The forum will focus on the theme of “Cold War international history.” Its goal is to provide Chinese and foreign postdoctoral scholars in the field with an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge researches, expand their own scholarly vistas, and carry out in-depth dialogs.

Islamists Stumble in Egypt and Tunisia

Mar 27, 2013
Egypt and Tunisia have “traveled the furthest on the road to democratic transformation,” according to a new paper by Adeed Dawisha, a former public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Both countries have held free and fair elections. They also formed parliaments tasked with writing new constitutions. Tunisia’s prospects for democracy, however, may be better than Egypt’s, Dawisha argues.

Women on Saudi Appointment of Female Advisors

Mar 24, 2013
In early January, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz appointed 30 women to Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, which had been an all-male assembly. Fifteen women in nine Arab countries, from Morocco to Egypt and Iraq, reacted to the appointment, and remarks by controversial cleric Ahmed al Abdulqader ― who reportedly called the new council members “prostitutes” on Twitter. Nearly all of the women saw the appointment as an important step in the struggle for women’s rights in the kingdom. But several stipulated that the appointment would make little difference if other reforms are not enacted.

Obama on Syria: Assad Must Go

Mar 24, 2013
President Obama said Syrian President Bashar al Assad has lost his legitimacy and “must go,” during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 20. Obama, on his first presidential visit to Israel, warned that the Syrian regime “will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists.”

Jordan’s King: Muslim Brotherhood Crescent Developing

Mar 21, 2013
“I see a Muslim Brotherhood crescent developing in Egypt and Turkey,” Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned in a series of interviews with The Atlantic. The monarch said the Muslim Brothers are not necessarily interested in democracy. They are “wolves in sheep’s clothing.”

Syria and the U.S. Role In the Middle East

Mar 20, 2013
The Obama administration is stepping up support for rebels in Syria’s civil war. Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright discusses U.S. leverage in Syria and America's role in the Middle East on the Diane Rehm Show.

With Claims of Chemical Warfare in Syria, Have We Reached a Tipping Point?

Mar 20, 2013
Jane Harman joins a panel on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the U.S. position on Syria in the context of reports of chemical weapons use and the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War.

Key Saudi Cleric Warns King in Open Letter

Mar 19, 2013
On March 15, Sheikh Salman al Oudah warned that Saudi government inaction on political prisoners, poverty and corruption could spark violence in the kingdom. “When tempers are high, religious, political, and cultural symbols lose their value. The mob in the street takes control,” the open letter said.

Muslim Brotherhood Denounces U.N. Women’s Declaration

Mar 15, 2013
A U.N. declaration on women’s rights contradicts “established principals in Islam” and would “lead to the complete disintegration of society,” according to a new statement by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. The online statement warned that the ratification of the document would “be the final step in the intellectual and cultural invasion of Muslim countries.”

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