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John Kerry’s Challenge: Restarting the Middle East Peace Process

Jul 26, 2013
Stalled efforts to reach an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians are once again front and center. Secretary of State Kerry has committed himself to finding a way forward on a dispute that has become one of the world’s immovable objects. Is there any reason to believe that this time can be different? Aaron Miller, a veteran of Middle East negotiations, provides context.

Mixed Set of Expectations for Iran’s New President

Jul 26, 2013
When Hassan Rouhani takes office as Iran’s newly elected president on August 3, the expectations of those who elected him and expect him to pursue a moderate course will be high, but many remain skeptical about the prospects for real change. Leading Iran expert Shaul Bakhash provides context on expectations for the new president.

Five Things to Watch for in the Peace Process

Jul 22, 2013
There's a great deal we don't know (yet) about John Kerry's efforts to resume negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. So how are we to know if this process is on the right track and won't become just another woulda/shoulda/coulda enterprise? In this article from ForeignPolicy.com, Aaron David Miller lists five things to look for on the U.S. side.

You Thought the Brotherhood Was Bad?

Jul 17, 2013
In one of the many bizarre twists of Egypt's recent political convulsion, hardline Salafi parties look poised to replace the Muslim Brotherhood as the most important Islamist players in the political process. It's a situation ripe with irony, writes Senior Scholar Marina Ottaway.

Why Does Washington Still Think it Can Control What Happens in Egypt?

Jul 12, 2013
The primary reason for Egypt's current travails has much more to do with the choices Egyptians have made and the circumstances those choices have created than the policies of the Obama administration, let alone any sins of omission and commission, writes Aaron David Miller in Foreign Policy.

Egyptian Democracy: Is the Ouster of Morsi a Step Forward or Backward?

Jul 11, 2013
Many observers see the military’s removal of President Morsi from office as a step backward for democracy and the rule of law. We spoke with a former Egyptian official who believes the opposite and sees the current situation as an example of democracy in action. Moushira Khattab provides context on the evolution of Egyptian politics.

With This Redo, Do It Right

Jul 09, 2013
The next year may be more turbulent than the last one. Handled well, it could also be more productive, writes Robin Wright in The New York Times.
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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.

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.

Iran’s Man in the Middle by Haleh Esfandiari

Jun 24, 2013
Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari has a piece in the New York Review of Books blog on Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani called “Iran’s Man in the Middle.”

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