14 Apr
Iraqi PM Visits Washington; Obama Pledges $200m in Humanitarian Aid

Photo Credit: Iraqinews.com On his first official visit to Washington, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with President Barack Obama, where he asked for additional financial support, as well as increased military equipment and action against the Islamic State. ...

13 Apr
West Welcomes Resumption of Libya Talks; Embassies Attacked

Photo Credit: NBC The U.S., French, German, British, Spanish, and Italian Foreign Ministers released a joint statement welcoming the resumption of peace talks and the immediate cessation of all violence, asserting that "only through compromise can Libya move toward a more secure, ...

10 Apr
Journalist Detained in Yemen as Violence Escalates

Photo Credit: Reuters According to reports, freelance Norwegian journalist Raymond Lidal has been detained by Houthi security forces in Sana'a for two weeks, with the first reports of his detention surfacing Wednesday evening. Accused of spying after failing to produce a ...

02 Apr
Libya: GNC Prime Minister Removed

Photo Credit: BBC News Prime Minister Omar al-Hassi of the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) was removed from office by a parliament vote on Tuesday following allegations that he “misled parliament about government finances.” Mr. Hassi has headed Libya’s rival ...

01 Apr
Policymakers, Analysts React to Resumption of Military Aid to Egypt

Photo Credit: World Tribune During a Tuesday phone call with President Abdelfattah al-Sisi, President Barack Obama announced that a hold on military equipment imposed in 2013 would be lifted “in the interest of U.S. national security.” F-16 aircraft, Harpoon ...

27 Mar
Libya Talks Continue in Morocco

Photo Credit: Middle East Online The governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. released a joint statement on the resumption of Libyan peace talks in Morocco, as well as concern for the "growing threat of terrorist groups." The ...

26 Mar
Saudi Strikes Back at Houthi Advances in Yemen

Photo Credit: Hani Mohamed/AP Following President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s reported flight from Aden by boat, Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes aimed at halting Houthi advances. The UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Morocco, Sudan, and Kuwait sent aircraft to conduct strikes as ...

20 Mar
POMED Notes: Under Threat – Egypt’s Systematic Campaign against NGOs

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) hosted a panel discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace entitled, “Under Threat: Egypt’s Systematic Campaign against NGOs.” The panel featured Todd Ruffner, Advocacy Associate at POMED; Bahey Eldin Hassan, Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS); Kristen McGeeney, Senior Legal Advisor, Middle East and North Africa, for the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law ...

19 Mar
POMED Notes: A Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Regional Role, and U.S. Relations with the Gulf

On Monday, March 15, 2015, the Atlantic Council held a panel called “A Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Regional Role, and U.S. Relations with the Gulf.” Panelists included Ambassador Richard LeBaron, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait; Alireza Nader, Senior International Policy Analyst at the Rand Corporation; Ilan Goldenberg, Directory for the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. The ...

18 Mar
Pro-Houthi Journalist Assassinated in Yemen

Abdul Kareem al-Khaiwani, a prominent Yemeni journalist and Houthi delegate at the National Dialogue meetings, was killed on Wednesday by "assailants on a motorbike." Al-Maseerah, a Houthi television station, reported al-Khaiwani was "martyred in a criminal assassination" near his home ...

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