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INSIGHT: Gaza – No Lessons Learned

The escalating violence between Israel and Gaza should remind us of old lessons that still need to be learned and new realities to which attention must now be paid. First and foremost among the old lessons is the fact that the successive waves of violence that have characterized the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have More »

INSIGHT: Preventing Further Escalation in Gaza

The fighting between Israel and Hamas has escalated. Hamas rocket barrages are targeted the coastal cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon along with areas as far south as Dimona (seventy-five kilometers from Gaza and home to Israel’s nuclear reactor). In all, 274 rockets have been fired at Israel so far, reportedly including a longer-range Fajr-5 More »

Middle East Monitor: Israel and Hamas Slug it Out

-  A tentative cease-fire in the Gaza Strip collapses -  Noisy protests in Jordan over austerity measures that sent the price of fuel higher -  An update on the new Syrian government-in-exile -  Why the U.S.  is urging a minority group to become more involved in the efforts to remove Bashar Al-Assad from More »

INSIGHT: World Powers Restrained on Gaza Conflict, as Iran Benefits Most

As fighting in Gaza continues, reactions from major world powers have little to do with mediation – all while Iran seems to be benefiting the most from the current escalation. From Washington to Moscow, everyone was counting on Egyptian diplomacy to end the current bout. China remains ‘concerned’ about the developments and many are stressing, More »

INSIGHT: Israel’s Conflict with Hamas Escalates

After nearly a month of low-level fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, the situation erupted into a fully-fledged conflict on November 14, following the death of Ahmed Jabari, military chief of the Islamic Hamas movement, in an Israeli airstrike. Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and other militant groups responded More »

INSIGHT: The Middle East Distraction That’s Obscuring Asia

Asia specialists will not openly admit it, but they hate the Middle East. To them, the Middle East is the great distraction that keeps people from focusing on what’s really important – their own area in the Western Pacific. The media are primarily to blame, according to this narrative. The media love sudden drama, even More »

Middle East Monitor: UN Concern Over Gaza

- The UN Security Council holds an emergency meeting on Gaza violence - Syrian refugees prepare for winter in Jordanian camps as best they can - Obama voices some support for the Syrian opposition coalition - Iraq’s Kurdish region is seeing an economic More »

Middle East Monitor: Top Hamas Commander Killed

- The top Hamas military leader is killed by an Israeli airstrike - Protesters take to the streets of Amman, Jordan - U.S. calls new Syrian opposition coalition a legitimate representative of the Syrian people - Kurds have new hopes amidst Middle East More »

Middle East Monitor: Reactions to the Re-Election of President Obama

- Mixed reaction from Israel to the re-election of President Obama – new dynamics in play there - Efforts to form a government-in-exile for Syria are  stymied - The International Committee of the Red Cross explains why its so difficult to get supplies to the people who need them More »

INSIGHT: Meanwhile, on the Israeli-Palestinian Issue…

While Americans have been focusing on their election, there have been a few developments in the so-called “Middle East Peace Process.” PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas has said he would drop his precondition for negotiations – a total construction halt in the settlements and in East Jerusalem – and return to the table after the U.N. More »

INSIGHT: Obama’s Win – What It Means for the Middle East

With President Barack Obama’s re-election, many people across the Middle East are contemplating what this region might expect from his second term. Over the next four years, Obama will likely continue the policy directions set in his first term: by completing the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, for example, and reaching out to global players like More »

Images of the Week: October 20 – October 26

Protests, then calm began the week in Lebanon with the funeral of Wissam al Hassan. The last of the debates between the U.S. presidential candidates focused on the Middle East, with an emphasis on Iran. An estimated three million pilgrims made their Hajj to Mecca this week. Israel and Hamas traded firepower before settling into More »

Images of the Week: October 6 – October 12

This week in the Middle East, Jews celebrated Shimat Torah and Jordan’s King Abdullah dissolved the country’s parliament and swore in a new one to pave the way for elections next year. In Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi’s 100th day in office passed, and the president removed Prosecutor General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud from his post More »

Arab Women Launch Online Uprising

On October 1st, 2012, women organizers launched a Facebook page, “The Uprising of Women in the Arab World,” to highlight the discrimination against them which they don’t feel comfortable – or safe – enough to protest in the streets.  In just ten days, the page has generated nearly 35,000 “likes” and conversation among more More »

Images of the Week: September 29 – October 5

This week in the Middle East, fighting continues in Syria and tension develops on the Syria-Turkey border after a deadly attack that killed five Turkish civilians on Wednesday. In Egypt, women protest against the Muslim Brotherhood, demanding rights, and President Mohamed Morsi visited former President Anwar Sadat’s tomb. In Israel, many celebrated the Jewish More »

Images of the Week: September 22 – September 28

This week in the Middle East, fighting continued in Syria, Jews throughout the world celebrated Yom Kippur, protests against the anti-Muslim film produced in the U.S. continued, Basra governor Mohammed Musabih Al-Waili was killed in Iraq, and 15 militant Islamists were sentenced to death or life imprisonment in More »

Images of the Week: September 15 – September 21

Violence and calls for calm continued throughout the region in response to the Internet video ridiculing Islam and the Prophet Muhammed. Muslim and Coptic leaders stood shoulder to shoulder urging peace between the religions. Services were held in Tripoli, Libya to remember Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans killed in the most violent More »

Images of the Week: September 1 – September 7

This week in the Middle East, Yemen received another $2.4 billion in aid, the Syrian National Council faces internal criticism, Israeli residents were relocated from the Migron outpost in the Palestinian territories, Obama receives the democratic presidential nomination, and More »

Images of the Week: August 24 – August 31

Egypt’s president sides with Syria’s rebels, an Israeli court rules an American’s death an accident, activists try to deliver aid to Palestinians, the world meets the man vying to unseat U.S. President Barack Obama from the White House, and more. In Cairo this week, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi used new powers regained from the military to More »

QUICKTAKE: Romney Will Demonstrate He’s Not Bluffing – Foreign Policy Adviser Dov Zakheim

Dov Zakheim, the chief foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney, the U.S. Republican Party’s presidential nominee, has a difficult task: Explaining the world view of a candidate who has very little foreign policy experience. The candidate recently outraged Palestinian leaders when, on a trip to Israel, he said the Israeli economic success came down to “cultural differences” More »