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Prospects for Palestinian Reconciliation

| May 08, 2014

On April 23, Fatah and Hamas announced an agreement to end Palestinian political division and form a national unity government led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas within five weeks ...more

Iraq’s 2014 Elections: Political Elites Endorsing Confessional Divisions

| Apr 28, 2014

Launching a feverish campaign season for the scheduled April 30, 2014 parliamentary elections, Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission recently announced the names of 107 coalitions ...more

Is the Regime about to Lose Control of Aleppo?

| Apr 28, 2014

Developments have been accelerating in Aleppo since the beginning of April. Armed opposition units have launched a multi-pronged offensive south and east of the city ...more

Obama’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

| Apr 17, 2014

US President Barack Obama visited Riyadh on March 28 to meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, following three years of growing tension between the two allies ...more

Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations: A Story of Inevitable Failure

| Apr 16, 2014

With the ongoing faltering of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, US Secretary of State John Kerry has continued to lower the ceiling of expectations. Following the Palestinian Authority’s agreement to resume talks at the end of July 2013 ...more

The Palestinian Leadership’s Position toward the Launch of Dahlan’s Counterrevolution

| Mar 30, 2014

On March 11, the Palestinian satellite channel broadcast President Abbas’s speech to the 13th session of the Fatah Revolutionary Council in the presence of all the PLO’s top-tier leadership ...more

The Turkish Political Map in the Run-Up to Local Elections

| Mar 14, 2014

The upcoming local elections in Turkey are the most significant in decades, with the intensifying contest between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the opposition parties making this set of elections critical ...more

Recalling GCC Ambassadors from Doha: A Background and Future Predictions

| Mar 10, 2014

After a period of muted tensions between Qatar on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the other, conflict publicly surfaced once the UAE, Saudi Arabia ...more

Behind the Resignation of Beblawi’s Government

| Mar 07, 2014

The resignation of Egyptian Prime Minister Hazim Beblawi’s on February 24 signaled the new regime’s decision to move past the June 30 alliance now that it has fulfilled its function ...more

Lebanon: A New Government to Preempt a Presidential Vacuum

| Mar 03, 2014

Nearly a year after Tammam Salam’s appointment as head of the prospective cabinet, an agreement has finally been reached to form a government in Lebanon—“the national interest cabinet ...more

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