10 Feb
Jordan’s King Scheduled to Visit White House amid Rising Refugee Issues

Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America King Abdullah II of Jordan will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House on February 24th, where the two leaders will discuss “the fight against Islamic State, support for Syrian and ...

08 Feb
Turkey-PKK Tensions Continue to Impact Foreign Policy, U.S. Syria Efforts

 Foreign Policy Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled a plan last week to “bolster security and rebuild areas ravaged by conflict” that included bringing civil society groups to reinstated peace-talks, and implementing economic reforms such as interest-free loans for farmers. He emphasized that ...

05 Feb
HFAC Hearing Notes – Turkey: Political Trends in 2016

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats met for a hearing titled “Turkey: Political Trends 2016.” Witnesses included Mr. Narte Schenkkan, Project Director of “Nations in Transit” at Freedom House; Dr. ...

02 Feb
Syrian Peace Talks Suspended as Regime Advances toward Aleppo

Photo Credit: Reuters After a delayed start this week, the “Geneva III Peace Talks” have already been suspended. According to UN envoy Staffan de Mistura, the talks were halted due to a lack of progress and are ...

28 Jan
GNA Rejected by HoR, US Considers Military Action in Libya

Photo Credit: Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi While there has been an effort among the United States and its allies to find ways of “shoring up Libya’s new government of national accord,” the UN-brokered coalition government was rejected earlier this week by Libya’s House of Representatives (HoR). Of 104 members attending the session in Tobruk, 89 voted against the administration established last week. Some lawmakers condemned Fayyez Sarraj’s government - which included 32 separate ...

21 Jan
Crackdowns Against Freedom of Expression Continue in Turkey

Photo Credit: Reuters Crackdowns against public dissenters continued this week when Turkish officials launched a criminal investigation against 1,128 academics who signed a petition calling for the Turkish government to halt its military campaign against the PKK in order to reduce ...

20 Jan
Libya Announces Government of National Accord Lineup

Photo Credit: Fadel Senna/Agence France-Presse On January 19, the Cabinet led by Prime Minister-designate Fayez Sarraj announced the lineup for the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) consisting of 32 different ministers. The United Nations has led negotiations for months in ...

14 Dec 2015
Saudi Women Participate in Elections for First Time

Photo Credit: AFP Of the nearly 1,000 Saudi women who ran in local elections, approximately 20 won municipal council seats out of a total of 2,100 available council posts. While 44 percent of the 1.35 million registered Saudi ...

08 Dec 2015
Libyan Minister Stands By Anti-Civil Society Rhetoric; Tentative Political Deal Reached

Photo Credit: AFP Following the Tobruk government's condemnation of Minister of Culture and Information Omar al Gwairi's call for the imprisonment of some individuals associated with civil society, al-Gwairi doubled down on his comments. In a blog post ...

07 Dec 2015
Governor of Aden Assassinated as Peace Talks Announced

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty The governor of Aden, Jaafar Mohamed Saad, and several body guards were killed when a car bomb targeted their convoy in the Tawahi district of Aden on Sunday.  Within hours, an Islamic State-affiliated news source ...

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