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  • Algerians have been protesting for months. What’s changed?
    Seven months after overthrowing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algerians are still in the streets. Mass protests have continued every Friday since Bouteflika’s ouster in April, urging authorities to not just reshuffle the leadership but initiate…
    - 17 days ago 18 Nov 19, 6:51pm -
  • Reforming Tunisia’s military courts
    As Tunisia’s newly-elected parliamentarians take their seats, a number of democratic reforms await their attention. Amnesty International has already highlighted five key areas, including the state of emergency, security force abuses, transitional…
    - 28 days ago 7 Nov 19, 9:44pm -
  • What’s next for Lebanon? Examining the implications of current protests
    I thank the Subcommittee for inviting me to share my analysis on the situation in Lebanon, especially as it relates to U.S. interests. I must begin by noting that I represent only myself before you today; the Brookings Institution does not take any i…
    - 3 Dec 01, 12:00am -

Wilson Center

  • The Next Banking Crisis Will Not Be in the Middle East
    A budding financial crisis perpetually loiters around the modern global economy. Crises in banking sectors — a subset (and often a harbinger) of a broader financial crisis — have shocked developing and advanced countries alike for…
    - 31 Jul 18, 4:58pm -
  • The Annual Haleh Esfandiari Forum: Protecting America's Global Leadership, with Senator Chris Van Hollen
    The Middle East Program invites you to the annual Haleh Esfandiari Forum on the Middle East with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), who will discuss the topic of protecting America's global leadership in a conversation with Wi…
    - 3 Jul 18, 1:58am -
  • An Israeli Perspective on Russia’s Role in the Middle East
    In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Major General (Res.) Amos Gilead discusses how Russia has positioned itself as a major player in Syria and about its ambitions in the greater Middle East region. He also explains the current stat…
    - 28 Jun 18, 5:32pm -
  • A Ray of Hope in Afghanistan
    The last few days have produced a series of uplifting, heartwarming scenes in Afghanistan—not a nation where such adjectives are typically applied.Over the course of a three-day truce declared by the Taliban to mark the Eid holida…
    - 19 Jun 18, 3:38pm -
  • The House of Islam: A Global History
    A fascinating and revelatory exploration of the intricacies of Islam and the inner psyche of the Muslim world from the bestselling author of The Islamist 'Not just timely but important too. Ed Husain does not just set out the fundame…
    - 19 Jun 18, 1:02pm -
  • Book Launch: The House of Islam: A Global History
    Please join us for a look inside The House of Islam, a revelatory exploration of the intricacies of Islam and the inner psyche of the Muslim world, from the bestselling author of The Islamist, Ed Husain: Directions: …
    - 15 Jun 18, 3:48pm -
  • The Middle East: A Region in Chaos?
    Last December, the Wilson Center and the U.S. Institute of Peace co-sponsored an event on turmoil across the Middle East with four experienced analysts and practitioners. We agreed to gather again a half-year later to review our obse…
    - 7 Jun 18, 5:26pm -

Washington Institute

  • 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…
    - 22 days ago 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…
    - 23 days ago 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 “…
    - 31 days ago 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…
    - 43 days ago 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 -
  • New Palestinian and Egyptian Designations Highlight Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood
    Speaking at the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, State Department Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan Sales announced on January 31 that Washington has placed new terrorist designations on Palestinian a…
    - 31 Jan 18, 5:47pm -
  • Civil Society on Trial in Egypt: Revisiting the NGO Workers Case
    More than four years after the conviction of forty-three Egyptian and foreign NGO workers, the affair remains an irritant for U.S.-Egypt relations. For many in Washington, the felony convictions of all seventeen Americans tried—including the son…
    - 30 Jan 18, 2:42pm -
  • How Can Saudi Arabia and Egypt Help Confront Toxic Ideologies?
    On January 18, Joseph Braude and Samuel Tadros addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Braude is an advisor to Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Tadros is a senior fe…
    - 22 Jan 18, 8:48pm -
  • Israel's Gas Disappointment
    The development of Israel's offshore natural gas resources, once seen as a wonderful economic blessing, has slowed to a painful crawl in recent months. On December 13, the government announced that it was awarding licenses for just six of the twen…
    - 21 Dec 17, 3:18pm -
  • Beyond Islamists and Autocrats:
    The optimism that briefly followed the 2010-11 Arab Spring has long since faded, with a string of political crises, internal crackdowns, and wars casting a long shadow over the prospects for true democratization. The formidable threats posed by Ir…
    - 27 Nov 17, 9:52pm -


Institute Confers the Scholar-Statesman Award on King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein
In a packed ballroom at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on November 21, 2019, The Washington Institute bestowed its highest honor, the Scholar-Statesman Award, on Jordan's King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein. Executive Director Robert Satloff introduced…
- 3 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00pm -
The Washington Institute Pays Tribute to Trustees Merryl and James Tisch
During the 2019 Washington Institute Scholar-Statesman Award gala, the research organization paid special tribute to Trustees Merryl and James Tisch for their contributions to civic and philanthropic organizations locally, nationally, and internation…
- 8 days ago 27 Nov 19, 5:34pm -
King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of Jordan, the 2019 Scholar-Statesman Award Recipient
The Washington Institute bestowed its highest honor, the Scholar-Statesman Award, on Jordan's King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein for leading his country with strength, compassion, moderation, and wisdom. This video presents highlights from the king’s…
- 9 days ago 26 Nov 19, 9:44pm -
Interview: King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on Middle East Issues
During a rare, unscripted interview with Washington Institute Executive Director Robert Satloff, Jordan's King Abdullah II shared his views on a range of issues affecting the Middle East, from the implications of potential U.S. military withdrawal, t…
- 9 days ago 26 Nov 19, 9:29pm -
Iraq in Crisis: The View from Kurdistan
Despite recovering substantially from the ravages of the war against the Islamic State, Iraq now faces an imposing array of security, political, and humanitarian challenges, including the continued displacement of hundreds of thousands of citizens, a…
- 10 days ago 25 Nov 19, 8:03pm -
The Evolving and Persistent Terrorism Threat to the Homeland
Protecting the homeland from terrorist attacks is the FBI's top priority. Foreign terrorist organizations continue to pose a threat to America, while the threat posed by lone actors is evolving. To discuss trends in plotters/attackers inside the Unit…
- 16 days ago 19 Nov 19, 9:12pm -
National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Acting Director Russell Travers Presentation
As the national security environment has grown increasingly complex, it has necessarily led to a reevaluation of how threats are prioritized, and, as such, terrorism is now only one of many high-priority threats. To discuss the changing terrorist lan…
- 27 days ago 8 Nov 19, 8:55pm -
The Lebanon Protests: Views from Beirut and Policy Implications
Lebanon's unprecedented protests have already spurred Prime Minister Hariri to resign, and although Hezbollah still has the majority of parliament and a friendly president on its side, the people are intent on staying in the streets until a new trans…
- 29 days ago 6 Nov 19, 10:58pm -
The Islamic State in Syria: What's Next?
The 1,000 American troops that President Trump is withdrawing from northeast Syria were sent there to help fight the Islamic State, so the U.S. announcement and simultaneous Turkish invasion raise troubling questions about the terrorist group's futur…
- 34 days ago 1 Nov 19, 6:36pm -
Fikra Video Series: 2019 Palestinian Polling with David Pollock
Public opinion polling is one of the few ways to discern where the policies of Palestinian leaders diverge from the popular opinions of regular Palestinians. David Pollock, director of Fikra Forum and a leading pollster of Arab populations, reveals…
- 48 days ago 18 Oct 19, 7:18pm -
Jordan-Israel Peace at Twenty-Five: Past, Present, and Future
In one of the most hopeful moments of recent Middle East history, the leaders of Jordan and Israel met in the Wadi Araba desert a quarter-century ago to sign a formal peace treaty, take their long-clandestine relationship out of the shadows, and comm…
- 48 days ago 18 Oct 19, 6:34pm -
Responding to the Saudi Oil Attack: A Challenge for U.S. Policy
After months of increasing tensions, the contest between Iran and the United States escalated dramatically with the spectacular air attack on Saudi oil installations. So far, the Trump administration has sent mixed signals about its response, with th…
- 66 days ago 30 Sep 19, 9:31pm -


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

  • 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…
    - 1 day ago 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…
    - 31 days ago 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.
    - 37 days ago 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…
    - 44 days ago 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…
    - 50 days ago 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.
    - 58 days ago 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…
    - 62 days ago 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…
    - 65 days ago 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,…
    - 72 days ago 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…
    - 79 days ago 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.
    - 84 days ago 12 Sep 19, 1:30pm -

Rand Middle East

  • newStrengths and Weaknesses of Existing Data Sources to Support Research to Address the Opioids Crisis
    We conducted a scoping study to identify data sources and linking strategies commonly used in opioid studies, describe data source strengths and limitations, and highlight opportunities to use data to address public health research questions.
    - 10 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 9:00am -
  • Stakeholder Feedback Surveys as Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness
    According to the author, stakeholder surveys address a broad range of topics related to school and classroom climate. Some types of surveys can be used for teacher-level feedback.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 10:00am -
  • Teachers' Broad Impact
    The author discusses the potential ways that teachers can affect students whom they do not teach and how research suggests that a teacher's indirect reach could account for a large proportion of his or her overall contribution to student learning.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 10:00am -
  • Measuring Teacher Effectiveness
    The author describes the three most-common methods for measuring teacher effectiveness in the United States and discusses the importance of carefully considering the ways that measures are combined to create an overall index.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 10:00am -
  • Value-Added Modeling 101
    The author discusses the use of value-added models (VAMs) to estimate teacher contribution to student progress, account for students' prior characteristics, and enable relative judgments, as well as the limitations of VAMs.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 10:00am -
  • Beyond Achievement
    Research shows that teachers matter for both test and nontest score outcomes. Teachers who excel at raising test scores do not necessarily excel at improving other outcomes.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 10:00am -
  • Student Growth Percentiles 101
    The author defines student growth percentiles (SGPs) and discusses how they are used to rank student test-score growth compared with peers and to produce a score for a teacher.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 10:00am -
  • Teachers Matter
    The author articulates how research suggests that teachers are important to student achievement and how statistical methods can provide valuable but imprecise estimates of teacher effectiveness.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 10:00am -
  • RAND Arroyo Center Annual Report 2018-2019
    This Annual Report illustrates the depth and breadth of the research conducted for the Army in fiscal year 2019.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 8:30am -
  • Real-Time Crime Centers in Chicago
    The Chicago Police Department's Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSCs) serve as command, control, and communications hubs. In this report, the authors evaluate the processes, organizational structures, and technologies employed in the SDSCs.
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:01am -
  • Using Health IT to Coordinate Care and Improve Quality in Safety-Net Clinics
    The use of health information technology (HIT) for such activities as arranging enabling services and engaging patients are underused tools for care coordination. There may be opportunities to improve quality of care for vulnerable patients by promot…
    - 2 days ago 3 Dec 19, 9:30am -
  • A Comprehensive Theory of Integration
    This article presents a comprehensive theory describing how integrating structures, processes, and people within and across organizations might lead to integrated patient care and improved outcomes, including technical quality, efficiency, patient he…
    - 2 days ago 3 Dec 19, 9:30am -
  • Army Fires Capabilities for 2025 and Beyond
    To assist the Army in its reorientation toward conventional combat operations, the authors of this report identify capability gaps in the field artillery and actions that the Army should consider taking from today to roughly 2030.
    - 2 days ago 3 Dec 19, 9:00am -
  • Navigating Current and Emerging Army Recruiting Challenges
    The author draws on a large body of research on recruiting and examines tools and resources—including recruiters and recruiting management, eligibility criteria, and pay and bonuses—that can help the Army meet recruiting challenges.
    - 2 days ago 3 Dec 19, 9:00am -
  • Improving 21st Century Skills in the U.S. Air Force
    For a 21st century workforce, you need 21st century skills. The authors of this Perspective offer recommendations to the U.S. Air Force to use lessons learned in different sectors to develop a strategy for airmen to learn and use 21st century skills.
    - 3 days ago 2 Dec 19, 3:00pm -
  • Federally Qualified Health Center Strategies for Integrating Care with Hospitals and Their Association with Measures of Communication
    Health centers differ in the use of strategies to integrate care with hospitals. Overall, integration activity is associated with better communication.
    - 8 days ago 27 Nov 19, 9:15am -
  • Specialty Care Access for Medicaid Enrollees in Expansion States
    In a survey of community health center medical directors in 9 Medicaid expansion states and DC, nearly 60% reported difficulty obtaining new specialist visits and multiple access barriers on behalf of their patients.
    - 8 days ago 27 Nov 19, 9:00am -
  • The Limits of Russian Strategy in the Middle East
    This Perspective describes the limits of Russia's strategy in the Middle East, including the challenges from Russia's own political and economic systems, limitations from regional actors in the Middle East, and challenges from the United States.
    - 9 days ago 26 Nov 19, 8:45am -
  • Understanding U.S. Health Systems
    Researchers need qualitative data to understand how health systems actually work and influence clinical practice.
    - 9 days ago 26 Nov 19, 8:30am -
  • Promoting Youth Well-Being Through Health and Education
    Although well-being frameworks that integrate education and health exist, few of them have been examined rigorously to reveal how both educational and health outcomes can be achieved together.
    - 9 days ago 26 Nov 19, 8:30am -


Carnegie Endowment

  • newThe Three Unresolved Issues of NATO
    NATO leaders have fundamentally different views about terrorism, Russia, and European security. Dealing with these challenges will determine the alliance's future direction.
    - 2 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 4:42pm -
  • newHow Serious Is the Lebanese Uprising for Hezbollah's Future?
    A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security. | عربي
    - 6 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 1:12pm -
  • How China's Defense Establishment Views China's Security Environment
    While frictions between the United States and China in the areas of trade, investment, and technology development are certainly important, in fact the most critical driver of potential instability between Washington and Beijing consists of clashing…
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 3:39pm -
  • What a Month Can Mean
    Kuwait's cyclical crisis are a sign of how the political system replicates itself, with little change.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 3:20pm -
  • An Expiry Date for Despots?
    A new wave of Arab uprisings suggests that the authoritarian bargain of the past may be collapsing. | عربي
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 2:11pm -
  • Trump's Very Unhappy Trip
    The fact that the NATO summit shared half a split screen with the Congressional impeachment inquiry hearings only tethered the NATO event more closely to President Trump's personal needs and politics and ensured it would be all about him.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 1:40pm -
  • Netanyahu's Exit Won't Jump-Start a Peace Deal
    Paradoxically, Netanyahu's replacement by a less contentious and more reasonable prime minister may well ensure that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process remains more about managing a process than securing a peace.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 1:32pm -
  • Can America and China Be Stakeholders?
    If U.S. policy assumes China cannot play a constructive role within the system America designed, then the United States will, in effect, be prodding China into championing a parallel, separate system, with very different rules.
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 11:20am -
  • Don't Blame Turkey for NATO's Woes
    Emmanuel Macron thinks the Atlantic alliance is brain-dead, but its problems have deeper roots than the recent U.S.-Turkish spat over Syria.
    - 2 days ago 3 Dec 19, 4:13pm -
  • The EU's Incomplete Strategy for Central Asia
    The EU will need to increase its visibility in Central Asia if it wants to have influence in a region facing immense challenges from China and India, but also from Afghanistan and threats of terrorism.
    - 2 days ago 3 Dec 19, 2:51pm -
  • Reconciliation Is the Priority
    Before holding PA legislative elections, Palestinian factions should organize a dialogue over PLO parliamentary elections.
    - 3 days ago 2 Dec 19, 12:07pm -
  • An Election Many Don't Want
    Despite the protest movement, Algeria's leadership is going ahead with the vote for a new president. | عربي
    - 3 days ago 2 Dec 19, 10:51am -
  • It'll Take More Than Sex Ed to Break Taboos in Tunisia
    Tunisia has long been a leader in women's rights in the region. Despite the legal and formal progress made towards addressing inequality, discussing issues such as sexual harassment and assault remains largely socially taboo.
    - 3 days ago 2 Dec 19, 9:00am -
  • Japan Must Accept South Korea's Olive Branch Over GSOMIA Security Pact
    The decision to remain in the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, represents a step in the right direction when South Korea, Japan, and their ally the United States face significant obstacles from China and North Korea to…
    - 6 days ago 29 Nov 19, 3:16pm -
  • Judy Asks: Is NATO Brain-dead?
    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe's role in the world.
    - 7 days ago 28 Nov 19, 4:00pm -
  • Hezbollah Has Trapped Itself
    By trying to preserve a corrupt political order, the pro-Iranian party is now identified with it. | عربي
    - 7 days ago 28 Nov 19, 3:16pm -
  • New Perspectives on Shared Security: NATO's Next 70 Years
    Throughout its history, NATO has endured because it adapts to each successive new challenge. As the alliance enters its eighth decade, it shows every indication of doing so again.
    - 7 days ago 28 Nov 19, 2:50pm -
  • Junk TV Is More Toxic Than We Thought
    Frequently, television that seeks to educate people is unbearably boring, while the shows that try to manipulate people end up polarizing and deceiving them. In contrast, TV that only aims to entertain is politically irrelevant. Or so we thought.
    - 7 days ago 28 Nov 19, 12:53pm -
  • With the Peace Process Dead, What Options Are Open for the Palestinians to Create a State?
    A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security. | عربي
    - 7 days ago 28 Nov 19, 11:24am -
  • A Divided Europe's China Challenge
    In receiving the French president, Chinese leadership has shown it is willing to develop long-term relations with the most important Western countries, including those in Europe that have been at the core of the EU's new China strategy.
    - 9 days ago 26 Nov 19, 11:55am -


  • newThe Belt and Road anxiety
    Is the Belt and Road initiative a global development plan or is it just a trade project? How concerned should the international community be with what is called the "project of the century"? This week, Guntram Wolff discusses the Belt and Road Initia…
    - 6 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 12:55pm -
  • newEurope can take a bigger role in providing public goods
    The EU should invest where it can deliver more value than member states acting alone.
    - 8 hours ago 5 Dec 19, 11:10am -
  • Who pays for the EU budget rebates and why?
    A complex system of EU budget revenue corrections has been developed since the mid-1980s. I quantify their impacts: which countries pay and benefit from it and by how much and highlight several anomalies. The best solution would be to reform EU budge…
    - 1 day ago 4 Dec 19, 2:07pm -
  • The next generation of digital currencies: in search of stability
    Recent developments have re-opened the debate on the future of money. This Policy Contribution discusses two aspects: the implications of the rise of global private stablecoins, such as Facebook's Libra, and the role that public central bank digital…
    - 3 days ago 2 Dec 19, 11:42am -
  • The UK election viewed from continental Europe: Meh
    It will take more than the vote on December 12 to make the continent pay attention to the UK. Viewed from the continent, the UK election is one more episode in a Brexit series that “jumped the shark” long ago.
    - 6 days ago 29 Nov 19, 11:45am -
  • Manufacturing employment, international trade, and China
    The decline in manufacturing employment is often seen as a major reason for rising inequality, social tensions, and the slump of entire communities. With the rise of national populists and protectionists in recent years, the issue has become even mor…
    - 7 days ago 28 Nov 19, 2:34pm -
  • The EU-Russia-China energy triangle
    Russia wants to export more gas to China, should the EU be concerned? This week, Nicholas Barrett is joined by Georg Zachmann to discuss the EU-Russia-China energy triangle.
    - 7 days ago 28 Nov 19, 9:46am -

Amnesty International

Chatham House

  • John Casson
    Associate Fellow, Europe Programme Biography John Casson, CMG contributes to work on British power and foreign policy in the Brexit context, and on UK diplomacy and diplomatic leadership an…
    - 3 days ago 2 Dec 19, 4:24pm -
  • Webinar – Analysis: Protests in Iraq and Lebanon
    Invitation Only Research Event 3 December 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Event participants Dr Lina Kha…
    - 9 days ago 26 Nov 19, 10:45am -
  • Vassilis Ntousas
    Academy Fellow, Europe Programme Biography Vassilis Ntousas is hosted by the Europe Programme. His research focuses on the links between EU foreign policy in an era of global institutional…
    - 14 days ago 21 Nov 19, 1:24pm -
  • Libya Needs an Economic Commission to Exit From Violence
    20 November 2019 Tim Eaton Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme…
    - 15 days ago 20 Nov 19, 2:11pm -
  • The Struggle for Reform in Iraq and Lebanon
    Research Event 3 December 2019 - 9:30am to 10:45am Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Event participants Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Mi…
    - 16 days ago 19 Nov 19, 4:45pm -
  • Report Launch – Owners of the Republic: An Anatomy of Egypt's Military Economy
    Research Event 12 December 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendarOutlookGoogleYahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Yezid Sayig…
    - 17 days ago 18 Nov 19, 10:45am -
  • Five Lessons From the New Arab Uprisings
    12 November 2019 Dr Georges Fahmi Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme…
    - 23 days ago 12 Nov 19, 9:11am -