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  • Arab, Iranian, and Turkish Responses to President Trump’s Impeachment
    Across the Middle East, the story of President Trump’s impeachment and subsequent acquittal received second-tier coverage compared to regional or local issues. Many Arabic-language websites and newspapers translated and republished Western artic…
    - 46 days ago 19 Feb 20, 1:10pm -
  • Ceasefire or Escalation in Libya?
    Over the past week, regional and European actors have increased their diplomatic activity around Libya in response to intensifying violence in the nine-month-old civil war. On January 8, less than a week after the Turkish parliament approved sendi…
    - 86 days ago 10 Jan 20, 9:12pm -
  • The Obstacles Still Facing Israel’s Leviathan Gas Field
    The Leviathan natural gas field has finally begun production, after long delays that pushed its start date to the last day of 2019. Flowing from undersea deposits located eighty miles off Israel’s coast, supplies will henceforth pass through pro…
    - 96 days ago 31 Dec 19, 6:04pm -
  • Turkey Pivots to Tripoli: Implications for Libya’s Civil War and U.S. Policy
    On December 10, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he was willing to deploy troops in Libya if the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli requested it. He reiterated the offer during a December 15 meeting with GNA pr…
    - 19 Dec 19, 8:59pm -
  • What Will It Take to Repair Middle Eastern Economies?
    The following is an excerpt from Bilal Wahab’s contribution to the new American Enterprise Institute book Seven Pillars: What Really Causes Instability in the Middle East? Download the PDF to read the full chapter.The Middle East is among the…
    - 8 Dec 19, 8:59pm -
  • Israeli Gas Export Route to Egypt Finalized
    After months of delay, agreement has been reached to pipe Israeli natural gas from Ashkelon to al-Arish in North Sinai, for use in Egypt’s domestic market and/or re-export. The so-called EMG pipeline runs mainly offshore, skirting the Gaza Strip…
    - 13 Nov 19, 6:22pm -
  • The Renaissance Dam Negotiations: An Egyptian View
    On November 6, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan issued a joint statement affirming their commitment “to reach a comprehensive, cooperative, adaptive, sustainable, and mutually benefic…
    - 12 Nov 19, 7:11pm -
  • Why Turkey Is Raising the Stakes in the East Mediterranean
    On October 5, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Greek foreign minister Nikos Dendias for the third time in less than three months. At a joint press conference following the meeting, Pompeo stated that Washington had warned Turkey against “…
    - 4 Nov 19, 7:42pm -
  • New Gaza Crossing Raises Questions About Blockade Policies
    The Gaza Strip has been blockaded for more than a decade now, owing primarily to the violent takeover and continued militant rejectionism of the territory’s Hamas rulers. Even after certain restrictions were eased after the 2014 Gaza war, Israel…
    - 23 Oct 19, 9:37pm -
  • Egypt Takes Another Step Toward China
    On August 5, Egypt signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese company Hutchison Ports to establish a Mediterranean container terminal in Abu Qir. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi himself attended the signing ceremony, where he praised the…
    - 19 Aug 19, 9:07pm -
  • Turkey’s Energy Confrontation with Cyprus
    The hydrocarbon riches of the Nile and Levant geological basins have already transformed the Egyptian economy and expanded Israel’s energy options, but the possibility of similar good fortune for Cyprus is being undermined by a dangerous Turkish…
    - 24 Jul 19, 4:08pm -
  • Now That Morsi Is Gone, Sisi Should Ease His Crackdown
    Mohamed Morsi’s death in a Cairo courthouse is an ignominious end for a man who briefly led the Arab world’s most populous country. Though in many ways little more than a figurehead, he nevertheless symbolized the Muslim Brotherhood’s failur…
    - 21 Jun 19, 6:10pm -
  • Death of Divisive Morsi Could Unite Egypt’s Opposition
    On June 17, Egyptian state television announced that former president and top Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohamed Morsi had died in court, where he was facing charges of spying for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Perhaps no other president in…
    - 20 Jun 19, 9:13pm -
  • China’s Middle East Policy: Speak Softly and Wave a Large Purse
    The Middle East is low on the list of China’s global priorities, and this is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. Yet “low priority” is a relative term when it comes to a global player with pockets as deep as Beijing’s. True, the…
    - 17 Jun 19, 3:21pm -
  • East Mediterranean Energy and Middle East Peace
    Last week, after a year of negotiations, the government of Cyprus and a consortium led by Texas-based Noble Energy announced agreement on a revised contract to exploit the Aphrodite natural gas field 100 miles south of the island. Development of t…
    - 13 Jun 19, 3:51pm -
  • Ramadan Soap Operas Contradict Sisi’s Outreach to Israel
    In the past five years, Egyptian-Israeli relations have been steadily improving. With the two countries facing the same Islamic State threat on Sinai’s borders, Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and his top officials have been keen on meet…
    - 7 Jun 19, 6:06pm -
  • Erdogan’s Failure on the Nile
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is one of the most consequential leaders in the history of the Turkish republic. Over the past two decades, he has gradually parted ways with Kamal Ataturk’s West-centric and inward-looking foreign policy m…
    - 28 May 19, 2:11pm -
  • After the Islamic State, Renewed Urgency for Religious Reform
    The recent declaration of the Islamic State (IS) territorial defeat in Syria has refocused the debate on how to achieve an enduring peace based on successful counterextremism initiatives. This raises a crucial question: who may legitimately be tas…
    - 5 Apr 19, 5:55pm -
  • The Second Step in Egypt-Israel Peace Is a Tall One
    March 26 marks the fortieth anniversary of the U.S.-brokered peace treaty signed by Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin. To commemorate that historic moment, Israel recently organized events at the Truman Resea…
    - 26 Mar 19, 9:34pm -
  • 40 Years of Peace Between Israel and Egypt
    In a region beset by national, sectarian and tribal conflicts, the treaty between the two nations has endured since its signing on March 26, 1979. It has withstood the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, two Palestinian intifadas, two…
    - 25 Mar 19, 2:14pm -
  • Organizational Split and Radicalization Within Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood
    On February 20, Egypt executed nine Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of taking part in the 2015 assassination of Hisham Barakat, the country’s top prosecutor. Although the MB’s traditional leadership denied involvement in the crime, they d…
    - 4 Mar 19, 3:01pm -
  • Cyprus Gas Discovery Could Be an East Mediterranean Game-Changer
    ExxonMobil has just announced the discovery of Glafcos, an offshore field located deep underwater more than 100 miles southwest of Cyprus and estimated to hold between 5 and 8 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas. A more precise figure will em…
    - 1 Mar 19, 8:33pm -
  • Russia’s Growing Influence in North Africa
    While Moscow’s Syria intervention has captured much of the world’s attention, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s vision in the region always spanned beyond Syria alone. Since coming to power, Putin prioritized restoration of Russia’s image…
    - 26 Feb 19, 5:48pm -
  • Exploiting East Mediterranean Gas: New Milestones, New Obstacles
    In late January, workers positioned the foundation jacket for the Leviathan natural gas platform on the seabed six miles off the coast of northern Israel. For the moment, just a few feet of steel piping are visible jutting out of the water, but la…
    - 8 Feb 19, 2:42pm -
  • Pompeo’s Cairo Speech More ‘Back to the Future’ Than Break With Past
    When Secretary of State Pompeo spoke in Egypt last week, his list of Trump administration accomplishments did not hold up against realities on the ground. Moreover, he missed an opportunity to express how America can be “a force for good in the…
    - 16 Jan 19, 9:17pm -
  • Sending the Right Message in Cairo: Advice for Secretary Pompeo
    On January 10, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a speech on America’s “commitment to peace, prosperity, stability, and security in the Middle East” as part of his eight-city tour of the region. The speech’s timing and locale (Ca…
    - 7 Jan 19, 9:59pm -
  • Egyptian-Israeli Citizenship Issues Are Impeding Normalization
    On December 20, Cairo announced that it was revoking the citizenship of Yasmine Nissim, a twenty-one-year-old Egyptian woman living in Israel. According to a statement published by the prime minister’s office, the decision was made because she h…
    - 3 Jan 19, 9:01pm -
  • Russia's Arabic Propaganda: What It Is, Why It Matters
    The Middle East is an expanding nexus of Russian influence, a challenge to both regional stability and U.S. interests. In light of this, a thorough understanding of the subtleties of Moscow’s strategies, including information manipulation, becom…
    - 20 Dec 18, 2:33am -
  • Sisi Restores Jewish Heritage in Egypt
    On December 10, Egyptian antiquities minister Khaled al-Anani announced that President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi had ordered the government to devote 1.3 billion pounds (or around $72 million) to restoring Jewish heritage in the country. During a meeti…
    - 14 Dec 18, 8:12pm -
  • Flare-Up in Gaza (Part 2): Gently Undoing a Gordian Knot
    This PolicyWatch is the second in a two-part series on the latest hostilities between Israel and Hamas. Part 1 discussed the domestic political implications for Israel.After seven months of ongoing clashes, and before the recent escalation in G…
    - 20 Nov 18, 4:01pm -
  • Egypt’s Economy Rising, Rights Declining
    On October 31, an IMF staff team reached an agreement with Egypt to release the fifth of six $2 billion aid tranches agreed upon in November 2016. The organization’s positive assessment of Cairo’s economic reforms reflects President Abdul Fatt…
    - 19 Nov 18, 4:56pm -
  • Egypt and Washington: Challenges in the Sisi Era
    On October 31, Barak Barfi and Michele Dunne addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Barfi is a research fellow at the New America Foundation and author of the recent Institute study Egypt’s New Realism: Challenges Under Sisi. D…
    - 7 Nov 18, 6:09pm -
  • Sisi’s Anti-Israel Rhetoric: New Speeches, Old Problems
    On October 11, Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi gave a speech at an event commemorating the forty-fifth anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War/October War, traditionally touted as a glorious victory over Israel. Every year, dozens of Egypti…
    - 17 Oct 18, 8:59pm -
  • Cyprus Aims to Export Gas via Egypt
    During a September 19 meeting in Nicosia, the energy ministers of Egypt and Cyprus agreed to set up a committee within thirty days to work out details for an undersea pipeline connecting the offshore Aphrodite natural gas field with an Egyptian li…
    - 21 Sep 18, 3:45pm -
  • Egypt's New Realism: Challenges Under Sisi
    When Abdul Fattah al-Sisi became president in 2014, Egyptians were clamoring for stability after the chaos of the post–Arab Spring years and the failed leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood government. Emblematic of this stability, Sisi was at on…
    - 11 Sep 18, 11:20pm -
  • Israeli Gas Is Almost Ashore, But Challenges Remain
    Watched over by a small group of environmental protestors camped on the beach at Dor, engineers are putting the final touches on a pipeline for Israel’s Leviathan offshore natural gas reservoir. Located between Tel Aviv and Haifa, the line will…
    - 7 Sep 18, 7:33pm -
  • Breaking the Stalemate in the Egypt-Ethiopia Dam Dispute
    On July 26, the chief engineer of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Simegnew Bekele, died under mysterious circumstances. Two days earlier, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed revealed that the project could take another ten years to complete, even thoug…
    - 28 Aug 18, 7:18pm -
  • Women, Minorities, and Military Aid to Egypt
    Last August, former secretary of state Rex Tillerson withheld $195 million in Foreign Military Financing from Egypt—or 15 percent of the country’s $1.3 billion in total U.S. military aid—citing concerns over its political and human rights tr…
    - 9 Aug 18, 2:17pm -
  • What Would Happen If Russia Flipped Egypt?
    Despite the constant media scrutiny of President Trump’s foreign policy, experts say that the U.S. relationship with Egypt has been overlooked. This is particularly concerning given the strengthening ties between Cairo and Moscow. Anna Borshchev…
    - 26 Jun 18, 7:03pm -
  • Could Russia Flip Egypt?
    In August 2017, American and Egyptian forces resumed Operation Bright Star, a biennial military exercise intended to showcase both the political alliance between Washington and Cairo and their tight military relations. This capped a new honeymoon…
    - 21 Jun 18, 8:22pm -
  • While Mo Salah Sleeps in Grozny
    It’s no secret that Vladimir Putin uses prestige sporting events to bolster Russia’s image at home and abroad. Look no further than the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014. But by hosting the FIFA World Cup this year, Putin is playing a more subtle ge…
    - 12 Jun 18, 1:28pm -
  • Book Review: The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973
    Conventional wisdom holds that the U.S. policy of detente restrained the Soviet Union in the Middle East, including in Egypt. This perspective also holds that Egyptian president Anwar Sadat’s expulsion of thousands of Soviet military advisors in…
    - 1 Jun 18, 9:37pm -
  • Israel's Sinai Dilemma
    In a February article for the New York Times, David Kirkpatrick wrote that Israel has conducted strikes against Islamic State elements in the Sinai no less than a hundred times since 2015. The story describes how jihadist forces operating in the p…
    - 23 Apr 18, 5:47pm -
  • Sisi's Reelection and Egypt's Next Political Establishment
    On April 2, the Egyptian election commission declared that President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi had won a second term with 97 percent of the vote. During his first term, he focused on suffocating the political environment and sidelining his opponents, s…
    - 2 Apr 18, 9:14pm -
  • Beyond Security: Steps Toward Warmer Egypt-Israel Relations
    Nearly four decades after Egypt and Israel signed their peace treaty, security cooperation between the former foes is arguably stronger than ever. Limited economic cooperation also prevails through Qualifying Industrial Zones, areas in which Egypt…
    - 29 Mar 18, 8:16pm -
  • It's a 'Cold Peace' with Israel; Egypt Prohibits Full Normalization
    On March 26, 1979, under the auspices of the United States, Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty. But the bilateral relationship has been characterized as a "cold peace." For the nearly four decades since, the two countries have exchanged ambass…
    - 25 Mar 18, 1:33pm -
  • How True Is 'The Crown' on The Suez Cover-Up?
    As 2017 turned into 2018, the entertainment press in America and Britain suddenly began to run articles explaining the Suez crisis of 1956. "Where is the Suez Canal?" asked a headline in the British tabloid Daily Express, and "Why did Britain Go t…
    - 1 Mar 18, 4:47pm -
  • Easing the Minds of Egyptian Generals Is Key to Continued Cooperation with Israel
    Cooperation between Israel and Egypt has increased to a high level in recent years, evidenced by recent reports on military coordination in Sinai. Yet this somewhat secret alliance has not been easy for some Egyptian generals to reconcile, given t…
    - 24 Feb 18, 1:41pm -
  • Foreign Fighters in Libya: Consequences for Africa and Europe
    On February 16, Aaron Zelin and Michael Franken addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute as part of the long-running Stein Counterterrorism Lecture Series. Zelin is the Richard Borow Fellow at the Institute and author of its rece…
    - 21 Feb 18, 8:18pm -
  • President Trump, Condemn This Sham Egyptian Election
    Four years after a bloody coup ended Egypt's difficult transition to democracy, the most populous country in the Arab world is heading toward its fourth presidential vote. The Trump administration should call this exercise what it is: a sham and d…
    - 5 Feb 18, 4:48pm -


The U.S. Role in Idlib and Beyond: Perspectives from Syria
The Syria war is entering its tenth year, yet the largest forced displacement of civilians has taken place in the past few months, concurrent with the first direct confrontation between Russian, Turkish, and Assad regime forces. What can U.S. officia…
- 23 days ago 13 Mar 20, 1:12pm -
Inside the DHS Prevention and Protection Missions Addressing Targeted Violence and Terrorism
Elizabeth Neumann, the Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Policy, discusses how the Department of Homeland Security is working to enhance its prevention and protection missions by addressing all forms of targeted violence and ter…
- 33 days ago 3 Mar 20, 5:21pm -
The IRGC Post-Soleimani: Political and Security Implications at Home and Abroad
The death of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, dealt a blow to Iran's ability to project its influence across the Middle East.In this video Ariane Tabatabai, Mehdi Khalaji, and Farzin Nadimi address the…
- 37 days ago 28 Feb 20, 3:43pm -
The Best of Ahmad Al-Basheer: Iraqi Comedian, Activist, Celebrity.
In this short video, Iraqi broadcaster Ahmad Al-Basheer discusses Iraqi politics, protests, and who can take a joke. Al-Basheer, whose satirical take on the news has earned him hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world, is interviewed by Bil…
- 40 days ago 24 Feb 20, 11:53pm -
A Conversation with Ahmad Al-Basheer: Iraqi Comedian, Activist, Celebrity.
Iraqi broadcaster Ahmad Al-Basheer, whose satirical take on the news has earned him hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world, discusses Iraqi politics, protests, and who can take a joke in this interview with Bilal Wahab, the Washington Inst…
- 40 days ago 24 Feb 20, 11:53pm -
Tunisia's Missionaries of Jihad
Although Tunisia stands out as a democratic bright spot of the Arab Spring and had very little history of terrorist violence prior to 2011, it nevertheless became one of the largest sources of foreign fighters for the Islamic State. In his new book,…
- 53 days ago 11 Feb 20, 10:01pm -
U.S. Strategy Toward Iran: Restoring Deterrence, Enabling Diplomacy
In this policy forum, experts discuss strategies for addressing escalating tensions between the United States and Iran. What can the United States do to manage escalation, catalyze diplomacy, and use the military instrument to advance its maximum pre…
- 58 days ago 7 Feb 20, 9:54pm -
The Persistent Threat from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda: The View from the UN
Despite its territorial defeat, the Islamic State still poses a threat in Syria, Iraq, and beyond. Since March 2019, when the last portion of the caliphate fell, the group has claimed responsibility for nearly 1,000 attacks in Iraq alone, and its fin…
- 59 days ago 6 Feb 20, 8:59pm -
Your Sons Are at Your Service: Tunisia's Missionaries of Jihad
Tunisia became one of the largest sources of foreign fighters for the Islamic State—even though the country stands out as a democratic bright spot of the Arab uprisings and despite the fact that it had very little history of terrorist violence with…
- 61 days ago 4 Feb 20, 9:53pm -
Shia Militias in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon Post-Soleimani
Recently killed Qods Force chief Qasem Soleimani was reportedly a hands-on commander, exercising detailed control over pro-Iranian militias in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon -- and not always to their liking. Will those forces give the same deference to hi…
- 66 days ago 30 Jan 20, 2:24pm -
Trump Peace Plan Media Event
In this on-the-record, intimate media event Senior Fellow Gaith Alomari, Executive Director Robert Satloff, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow David Makovsky, and Shelly and Michael Kassen Fellow Dana Stroul offer their preliminary assessments of the Trump…
- 66 days ago 30 Jan 20, 3:00am -
The New Status Quo in Northeast Syria
How will the shifting balance of power in Northeast Syria affect counterterrorism efforts, humanitarian conditions, governance, and the political/military status of various local and international actors, including the United States?Featured in thi…
- 68 days ago 27 Jan 20, 11:23pm -


Middle East Forum

  • newWrong Candidates for Aid, Wrong Time
    Humanitarian aid to Hamas and lifting Iran sanctions will empower American enemies.
    - 6 hours ago 5 Apr 20, 4:02am -
  • Assessing the US Strategy in Iraq
    Over the last two weeks, US forces have been significantly reducing their footprint in Iraq. Redeployments from three bases have taken place – al-Qaim, on the Syria Iraq Border, Qayarra Airfield-West, 60km south of Mosul, and lastly K1, in the area…
    - 1 day ago 4 Apr 20, 6:26am -
  • Iran Is Ramping Up Threats to US in Iraq
    Iran and its proxies are increasing their systematic and coordinated threats against the United States in Iraq. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has said that any "small mistake" by Washington would be met with force. The threat came as repor…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 3:59pm -
  • COVID-19 Widens the Divide in the Fractured Middle East
    The coronavirus pandemic came to the Middle East in February with reports of its spread in Iran. By early March it was reported in numerous countries, but levels remained relatively low for several weeks. Now, like most of the world, the region is
    - 2 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:36pm -
  • American Professors Whitewash Islamic Terror
    Muslims have at times allied with Europeans, sometimes even against fellow Muslims; as such, why see any Muslim attacks on Europe as ideologically driven—as jihads ("holy wars") against the infidel? Why not see them all as generic wars? Such is the
    - 3 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:48pm -
  • BDS Scores Important Victories on Campus, Expands Influence in Political Races and US House
    In March the global coronavirus crisis suddenly closed American campuses, changing the direction of higher education. Campus BDS, on the verge of 'apartheid week,' was inadvertently thwarted but the exploitation of student government and manipulation…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 6:47pm -
  • Mullahs & COVID-19: Iran's Failing Response Reflects Regime's Priorities
    Having declared 14,991 confirmed cases and 853 deaths as of March 17, Iran has been the Middle East country hit hardest by the coronavirus. After China and Ital, it is the worst hit globally. This week, 78-year-old Ayatollah Hashem Bathaie Golpayegan…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 10:02am -
  • Pro-Iranian Militias in Iraq Debate Best Way to Defeat US
    Pro-Iranian militias in Iraq are at a crossroads amid rising tensions with the US. Over the weekend several activists affiliated with Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a group the US sanctioned in January, waved flags and celebrated the US "withdrawal" from Iraq. Th…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 8:21am -
  • Turkey's Foreign Policy Blunders Deprive It of Critical Arms Systems
    The Turkish government first learned to use multibillion-dollar arms programs as leverage in its foreign policy calculus in the 1990s: we buy French (or German) to boost our EU accession process; we buy Israeli to enhance our strategic partnership; w…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 5:21pm -
  • Israel and America Just Conducted F-35 Drills (Iran, Take Notice)
    Israel's F-35 Adir fighters conducted a training exercise called "Enduring Lightning" over southern Israel amid the global pandemic. They were joined by the U.S. Air Force American F-35s, pairing the two countries' fifth-generation fighter capabiliti…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 4:02pm -
  • Another Khashoggi? Turks Cover Up Murder of Iranian Dissident
    Iranian agents holding diplomatic passports murdered a dissident in Istanbul in November 2019. However, the killing was hushed up so as not to embarrass Iran. It has many of the hallmarks of the murder of Saudi Arabian dissident and former insider Ja…
    - 5 days ago 30 Mar 20, 11:42pm -
  • The Situation in Iraq: Policy Implications for the West
    A key aspect of the ongoing political crisis in Iraq is the anger directed at foreign meddling, and specifically, at the role played by Iran and its proxies. The IRGC Qods Force has penetrated deep into Iraqi power structures over the last 15 years.
    - 8 days ago 28 Mar 20, 9:40pm -
  • Why Israel's Anti-Netanyahu Coalition Fractured
    Even as Israel struggles with the novel coronavirus, it appears that a year-long political struggle, which had held the system in a state of paralysis, has reached resolution. Indeed, COVID-19, more than any other factor, was the element responsible…
    - 8 days ago 28 Mar 20, 7:41am -
  • Defying Islamist Protests: Middle East Scholar Speaks at U.S. Army War College
    On a 500-acre campus in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Middle East scholar Raymond Ibrahim was finally allowed to give his speech before a packed, mostly civilian audience at the U.S. Army War College's Heritage and Education Center. Based on his book, Swor…
    - 8 days ago 28 Mar 20, 1:57am -
  • Turkey and Russia: Not Friends After All
    "The Presidency's Communications Office has launched a new online portal that will announce a daily list of friends and foes of Turkey for the use of pro-government journalists," read the lead paragraph of a "news story" in Zaytung, a Turkish online
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 8:04pm -
  • Workers Locked into Qatar Labor Camps While Coronavirus Spreads Within
    Qatar "labor camps" are being locked down by authorities and workers with coronavirus concentrated inside them are in conditions that deny them basic human rights. According to a report at The Guardian, hundreds of construction workers now have the
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 3:08am -
  • Turkey: Violence against Women Continues to Escalate
    It has become customary. As in previous years, on March 8, Turkish riot police brutally attacked demonstrators walking in central Istanbul to mark the International Women's Day. A feminist march at midnight was dispersed by rubber bullets and scores…
    - 9 days ago 26 Mar 20, 10:53pm -
  • Their COVID-19 Response Shows Israelis Are Ready for Victory
    ... When the coronavirus leaves us and life returns to some semblance of normalcy, it will only be a matter of time before our terrorist enemies once again test us with a barrage of rockets and missiles targeting our civilian population centers. Our
    - 10 days ago 26 Mar 20, 6:59pm -
  • Iran's New Guided Rocket Kit Is Certain to Raise Tensions with Israel
    Iran has developed a kit that appears to convert unguided surface-to-surface rockets into guided weapons. The Labeik kit "looked similar to the guidance units used with the Fateh-110 family of solid-propellent missiles, although its four triangular
    - 11 days ago 25 Mar 20, 7:51pm -
  • Turkey's Coronavirus Mirage
    Turkey's fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) is generally accepted to be rational, well-timed, not too badly planned, and fairly effective. At the time when the German case toll was 7,000 (and the Dutch and UK case tolls were at around 2,000 each),
    - 11 days ago 25 Mar 20, 4:30am -

New America Media

  • The City That Bears the Brunt of the National Terror Watchlist
    DEARBORN, Mich. — There’s a running joke here that has residents talking to an omnipresent Uncle Sam.Off-color or politically contentious remarks — whether uttered at work, school, the hair salon, the grocery store, the masjid or th…
    - 9 Oct 17, 4:28pm -
  • Trump’s Imminent Withdrawal from the Iran Deal Will Endanger the World
    President Trump is about to take action that will withdraw the United States from the “Iran Nuclear Deal”. On October 15, Trump will reportedly “decertify” American participation in this historical agreement. This action is da…
    - 6 Oct 17, 10:22pm -
  • More Questions Than Answers in Coming NJ Gubernatorial Election
    MONTCLAIR, NJ — Ahmet Idil buys and sells rare books. An immigrant from Turkey, the Montclair resident says his small business provides the sole means of support for his wife and their three children. Like any self-employed businessperson, he k…
    - 27 Sep 17, 6:40pm -
  • Trump Administration Signals Plans to Abandon Iran Deal
    With a looming deadline on whether to continue the suspension of sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration is frantically working to demonstrate Tehran’s non-compliance under the so-called Iran Deal and thereby fulfill an ill-conceived campai…
    - 12 Sep 17, 11:46pm -
  • Immigrant, Muslim and Voting Republican in New Jersey
    NEWARK, New Jersey — Levent Koch has been a Democrat for as long as he’s been voting. The 47-year-old voted for Pres. Obama and Hillary Clinton in the past two elections. He took part in fundraising efforts for Jon Corzine,...
    - 4 Aug 17, 8:35am -
  • Rise in ‘Bigoted Incivility’ - When Your Groceries Come With a Side of Hate
    SAN FRANCISO – When Mohammad S. put in for a delivery with Instacart, the San Francisco company that allows users to order groceries online, the last thing he expected was that he’d become a target of hate. Which explains his...
    - 11 Jul 17, 7:58pm -
  • Iraqi Prime Minister Declares 'Total Victory' in Mosul
     MOSUL, Iraq — Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory Monday evening over the Islamic State in Mosul after nearly nine months of grueling combat to drive the militants out of Iraq’s second-largest city.“We announce the…
    - 10 Jul 17, 7:59pm -
  • Indiana Muslim Community Denounces Controversial Billboard
     A large billboard with the headline “The Perfect Man” stands along one of Indianapolis’s major highways and raises concerns in the local Muslim community who consider the billboard an attack on the Prophet Mohammed. The billbo…
    - 14 Jun 17, 5:50pm -
  • Trump to the ‘Rescue’ in Saudi Arabia and Israel
    Both Saudi Arabia and Israel believe that if they can entice the United States to embrace a more aggressive posture toward Iran, it will provide a solution to their own internal problems. That was the clear message in President Trump’s...
    - 23 May 17, 11:41pm -
  • Trump Neglects to Make Positive Nod to Muslims in America
     President Trump pointedly failed to recognize the contributions of Muslims in America in his speech to leaders of 50 Muslim nations in Saudi Arabia Sunday.Apparently making nice to Muslims around the world does not include those that live in hi…
    - 22 May 17, 9:47pm -
  • Trump Reaps Saudi Arms Deal, Stronger Ties
     Riyadh- Under political fire at home, U.S. President Donald Trump sealed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday on his maiden foreign trip as he struggled to shift attention from the aftermath of his firing of the...
    - 22 May 17, 6:32pm -
  • Coincidence? Donald Trump Takes Trip and Saudi Arabia, UAE Donate $100,000,000 to Fund Backed by Ivanka
     The White House has assured America, almost a million times now, that there is no collusion between the White House officials and those seeking favor with the president. Sure, President TrumPutin hired all of his close friends and family to...
    - 22 May 17, 6:30pm -
  • The Real Financial Costs of Caregiving
    Photo: Heather Boldon gave her mother Karen medicine during her nap at home in Farmington, Minn. Boldon has low income and no benefits. (Renee Jones/Star Tribune) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.--Seven years of caring for her ailing mother have left Heather Boldo…
    - 18 May 17, 7:20am -
  • Day Laborers Urged to Take Advantage of Available Health Coverage
    Laura Lopez, second from left, urges day laborers at Street Level Health Project, to set aside their fears and enroll their children in Medi-Cal.OAKLAND, Calif. – Some undocumented parents are not enrolling their children in a free, full-scope…
    - 17 May 17, 11:30pm -
  • Conviction Applauded in Bias Motivated Attempted Murder
     A Muslim watchdog group this morning applauded the conviction of a Minnesota man for the bias-motivated attempted murder of five Muslim men.Anthony Sawina, 26, was convicted of attempted murder and assault for shooting at the men last summer, r…
    - 15 May 17, 8:26pm -

Council on Foreign Relations

CSIS Podcast

  • COVID-19 in North and South Korea
    In this episode, Andrew is joined by CSIS's Victor Cha to discuss how South Korea is battling COVID-19 and the innovative strategies they took to prevent a wider spread of the virus. Victor also gives insight into what is and isn't known on how North…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 8:38pm -
  • Health V. Economy
    In this episode, CSIS’s Steve Morrison and Stephanie Segal join Andrew Schwartz to get to the Truth of the Matter about the conflicting approaches to saving lives and saving the U.S. economy. 
    - 11 days ago 25 Mar 20, 12:55pm -
  • Oil Markets Under Pressure
    In this episode, Andrew invites Sarah Ladislaw and Kevin Book to give an update on oil markets as they face downward economic pressure.Sarah Ladislaw is senior vice president, director and Senior Fellow of the Energy Security and Climate Change Prog…
    - 16 days ago 20 Mar 20, 7:09pm -
  • COVID-19: Testing the U.S.
    In this episode, Andrew invites Heather Conley, Stephanie Segal, and Steve Morrison to give an update on the global COVID-19 crisis.Heather Conley is senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe program at CSI…
    - 17 days ago 19 Mar 20, 2:45pm -
  • Italy Total Lockdown?
    In this episode, Andrew invites Heather Conley and Steve Morrison to give an update on the unfolding COVID-19 crisis in Italy and Europe. Heather Conley is senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe program…
    - 25 days ago 11 Mar 20, 5:20pm -
  • Age of Mass Protests
    In this episode, Andrew invites CSIS's Samuel Brannen to discuss decade-long trends of mass political protests around the world. Sam draws on the new CSIS report The Age of Mass Protests: Understanding an Escalating Global Trend, which he co-authored…
    - 32 days ago 4 Mar 20, 1:30pm -
  • COVID-19: New Reality
    In this episode, Andrew invites CSIS's Steve Morrison, Jude Blanchette, and Stephanie Segal to discuss how the coronavirus outbreak, also known as COVID-19, is directly affecting the global economy, health security, and international politics.Steve…
    - 38 days ago 27 Feb 20, 2:00pm -
  • Libya Conflict
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite Bulent Aliriza, director of the CSIS Turkey Project, to unpack the worsening conflict in Libya. Bulent explains who the U.S. is supporting, the impact of other foreign powers in the region, and what the main int…
    - 54 days ago 11 Feb 20, 2:00pm -
  • Brexit: What Happens Next?
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew welcome back CSIS's Heather Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic. Now that Brexit has happened, everyone is wondering: what comes next for the UK? Heather discusses many of the challenges t…
    - 61 days ago 4 Feb 20, 2:00pm -
  • Impeachment and the Media
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite former executive editor and vice president of The Washington Post Leonard Downie Jr. Leonard describes his time supervising the Post's Watergate coverage, as well as the Post being first to report the Monica Lew…
    - 68 days ago 28 Jan 20, 5:29pm -
  • Global Economic Outlook
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite Stephanie Segal, senior fellow of the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy, to give a forecast of the global economy in 2020. They unpack President Trump's recent address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, t…
    - 73 days ago 23 Jan 20, 2:00pm -
  • U.S.-China Trade Deal: Phase One
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite CSIS's "Trade Guys," Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller to discuss the "Phase One" trade agreement between the U.S. and China that was signed on Wednesday. They give insight on specifics of the agreement, who is impa…
    - 80 days ago 16 Jan 20, 4:15pm -
  • The Killing of Soleimani and U.S. Response
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite CSIS’s Seth G. Jones, Harold Brown Chair, director of the Transnational Threats Project, and senior adviser to the International Security Program. They discuss the latest news about the Ukrainian aircraft that…
    - 86 days ago 10 Jan 20, 3:17pm -
  • Bad Ideas in National Security
    In this episode, Andrew invites a team from the CSIS International Security Program (ISP): Kathleen Hicks, Andrew Hunter, and Todd Harrison. They discuss Defense 360's "Bad Ideas in National Security" series that highlights brief articles written by…
    - 18 Dec 19, 2:25pm -
  • British Elections
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite two special guests: CSIS's Heather Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and BBC anchor and correspondent Laura Trevelyan. They discuss an updated outlook on Brexit and the U.K. elec…
    - 11 Dec 19, 2:55pm -
  • Climate Change and Food Security
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite Kimberly Flowers, director of the Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food Security Project at CSIS. They analyze the political and humanitarian impact of climate change on food security and global hunger. Kimberly a…
    - 4 Dec 19, 4:43pm -
  • The Islamic State's Next Wave
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite back Seth Jones, CSIS's Harold Brown Chair and Director of the Transnational Threats Project. Seth discusses the U.S. raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and what it means for the future of the Is…
    - 5 Nov 19, 6:00am -
  • Russia Into Africa
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew talk with Judd Devermont, director of the Africa program at CSIS. Judd breaks down the Russia-Africa Summit and steps the U.S. could take to reduce the Russia footprint in Africa. Download the full transcript here.
    - 30 Oct 19, 1:00am -
  • A Reckoning in Syria and What it Means for the Middle East
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew talk to Brian Katz, a fellow of CSIS's International Security Program and the Transnational Threats Project. Brian breaks down the situation on the ground following the U.S. decision to pull troops out of northern Syri…
    - 22 Oct 19, 8:00pm -
  • An Ongoing Discussion on Syria
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew sit down with Melissa Dalton, deputy director of the CSIS International Security Program and director of the Cooperative Defense Project. Melissa discusses the current situation of the ongoing conflict in Syria and the…
    - 16 Oct 19, 7:15pm -
  • U.S. Troop Pullout of Syria
    Bob and Andrew talk with Bulent Aliriza, director of the CSIS Turkey Project, about the escalating situation along the Syrian border with Turkey after President Trump ordered U.S. troops out of the region. Download the full transcript here.
    - 8 Oct 19, 8:15pm -
  • U.S. and China: A New Paradigm
    In this episode, Bob and Andrew speak with Jude Blanchette, the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS. Jude brings us up to date on the demonstrations in Hong Kong that escalated on October 1st, the same day of the 70th anniversary of the People's R…
    - 4 Oct 19, 5:45pm -
  • Bonus: Schieffer's Green Room on Iran
    In this bonus episode of The Truth of the Matter, listen in on Bob Schieffer’s green room conversation with CSIS’ Jon Alterman, Seth Jones and the New York Times’ David Sanger, prior to the CSIS Schieffer Series event on the Iran situation, Sep…
    - 1 Oct 19, 6:15pm -
  • Explaining the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act
    Bob and Andrew bring in nonpartisan legal expert Bradley P. Moss, Esq., to explain the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. Mr. Moss tells us how it works, the unique situation regarding the President with respect to the Act,…
    - 24 Sep 19, 8:15pm -
  • The Attack on Saudi Arabia
    In this episode, hosts Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz interview CSIS Harold Brown Chair and Director of the Transnational Threats Project Seth Jones about the recent attack on Saudi Arabia's oil production facilities. They also discuss Jones's pre…
    - 17 Sep 19, 8:15pm -
  • Edge of a New Epoch
    In this inaugural episode, hosts Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz interview former deputy secretary of defense and now CSIS’s CEO, Dr. John Hamre. Download the full transcript here.
    - 12 Sep 19, 1:30pm -

Rand Middle East

  • The Cultural Foundations of Modern Democracies
    This article identifies which cultural values are closely coupled with changes in democracy across nations in the twentieth century, and tests whether changes in democracy precede or follow changes in cultural values.
    - 12 Dec 19, 1:15pm -
  • Measuring Labour Mobility and Migration Using Big Data
    Researchers investigated the use of social media data to offer real-time estimates that will serve as early warnings about changes in EU mobility. The team successfully used the data to apply a working model for measuring stocks of EU migrants.
    - 12 Dec 19, 12:30pm -
  • Developing Pilot Interventions to Address Food Insecurity and Nutritional Needs of People Living With HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean
    Documenting high levels of food insecurity and overweight among people with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean and highlighting food gaps have important implications for interventions, since prior efforts to address food insecurity among people w…
    - 12 Dec 19, 12:15pm -
  • Walking a Fine Line
    As state survey systems mature, states will be able to improve how they use surveys and explore other nonacademic indicators of school performance, recognizing the breadth of ways that schools help students succeed.
    - 12 Dec 19, 11:30am -
  • Culture and Cognition
    This model demonstrates how cognitive structure, cultural schema, and environment awareness could be combined to improve risk communication. Case studies: one on decision makers facing extreme heat, and another on homeowners facing flood events.
    - 12 Dec 19, 11:15am -
  • Draft TALIS Starting Strong Survey 2018
    This document provides high-level steers for content- and context-related issues that need to be taken into consideration in the analysis and reporting of the TALIS Starting Strong Survey 2018.
    - 12 Dec 19, 11:00am -
  • Starting Strong Teaching and Learning International Survey 2018
    The Conceptual Framework provides an integrated theoretical and analytical underpinning to the OECD Starting Strong Survey, articulating its research focus and links to existing knowledge and evidence and policy questions.
    - 12 Dec 19, 10:30am -
  • Providing Quality Early Childhood Education and Care
    This technical report details the steps, procedures, methodologies, standards and rules that the OECD Starting Strong Teaching and Learning International Survey 2018 used to collect high-quality data.
    - 12 Dec 19, 9:30am -
  • The Challenge of Determining Appropriate Care in the Era of Patient-Centered Care and Rising Health Care Costs
    The goal of health care is to ensure that patients receive the right care for the right patient for the right problem at the right time from the right provider. Inappropriate care is costly. The challenge is to define and increase delivery of appropr…
    - 12 Dec 19, 9:00am -
  • Proposition 63 and the Future of Mental Health Funding in California
    Testimony presented before an informational hearing of the California State Assembly Committee on Budget on December 9, 2019.
    - 12 Dec 19, 8:45am -
  • Minding the Gaps
    The U.S. national security community continues to consider the proper military response to China's ongoing military modernization efforts, but many aspects of the debate remain unresolved. If analysts writing on US military strategy toward China want…
    - 11 Dec 19, 10:00am -
  • Early Alcohol and Smoking Initiation
    Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults report higher rates of smoking and alcohol use than heterosexual peers. Prior studies have not examined whether disparities in early initiation among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth contribute to adult disparities.
    - 11 Dec 19, 9:45am -
  • Competing in the Gray Zone
    The authors of this report summarize a series of war games played to better understand European vulnerabilities to Russian gray zone tactics -- ambiguous actions that target domestic or international public opinion -- and how to effectively counter t…
    - 11 Dec 19, 9:30am -


Carnegie Endowment


  • Mythbusters: debunking economic myths
    Economics seems to be full of myths that are hard to debunk. Will robots take our jobs? Are trade deficits bad? Is China such a big economy simply because of the size of its population? This week, Nicholas Barrett, Maria Demertzis, Marta Domínguez-J…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 1:36pm -
  • Forecasting exchange rates of major currencies with long maturity forward rates
    This paper presents unprecedented exchange rate forecasting results based upon a new model which approximates the gap between the fundamental equilibrium exchange rate and the actual exchange rate with the long-maturity forward exchange rate.
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:23pm -
  • A temporary, common fiscal stimulus to answer the mayhem of COVID-19
    We are not in normal times and we have to surpass, albeit only for the duration of the COVID-19 shock, the hurdles that did not allow the euro-area to endow itself of a common fiscal policy.
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:10pm -
  • Will the economic strategy work?
    Because even thriving companies can be killed in a matter of weeks by a recession of the magnitude now confronting the world, advanced-economy governments have reacted in a remarkably similar fashion to the COVID-19 crisis. But extending liquidity li…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 10:21am -
  • The macroeconomic policy response to the COVID-19 crisis
    From the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) to "coronabonds", the EU seems to be struggling to find an appropriate mechanism to tackle the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. What is really the best option? And how do we ensure that, on…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 3:16pm -
  • Why are some stock markets in Asia less affected by coronavirus?
    While Asian markets are in a sea of red, mainland China, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Taiwan are all defying the gravity.
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 3:11pm -
  • How COVID-19 is laying bare inequality
    COVID-19 is laying bare socio-economic inequalities and could exacerbate them in the near future. The virus is a risk factor particularly for those at the lower end of the income distribution, who are vulnerable to the interaction of the shock with i…
    - 5 days ago 31 Mar 20, 8:34am -
  • The fiscal consequences of the pandemic
    The likely economic depression triggered by coronavirus will pose a serious fiscal challenge to some euro-area countries. Given the special circumstances of the pandemic, a European solution is needed, involving more European Central Bank purchases,…
    - 6 days ago 30 Mar 20, 3:53pm -
  • Is COVID-19 triggering a new emerging-market crisis?
    Emerging economies have received little attention in the economic debate regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the performance of their primary market indicators, chiefly sovereign debt, foreign exchange and equities, indicate a deep deterioration is…
    - 6 days ago 30 Mar 20, 10:40am -
  • Facing the lower bound: what will the ECB do in the next recession?
    In responding to the global financial crisis, the ECB has pushed its monetary policy into unchartered territories . Today, it appears increasingly constrained by persistently low interest rates. This paper seeks to understand this challenge and asses…
    - 9 days ago 27 Mar 20, 10:55am -

Amnesty International

Chatham House