10 Nov
After Two-Year Gap, Aoun Becomes Lebanon’s New President

After more than two years of delay, Lebanon's Parliament elected Michael Aoun, a former chief in the national army, as the country's next president on October 31. The office was left vacant after the Michel Suleiman’s term ended ...

23 Sep
Morocco Prepares for October Parliamentary Elections

Morocco is preparing to hold parliamentary elections on October 7, marking its second parliamentary election since 2011. Approximately thirty political parties are participating, including Morocco’s ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD). In 2011, the PJD won 27 percent ...

15 Sep
Senators Introduce Bill to Block Saudi Arms Sale

In the wake of a $1.15 billion arms sale announced in August 2016, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced S.J.Res. 39, a joint resolution of disapproval to block the sale. Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and ...

12 Sep
Syria Ceasefire Set to Begin despite Doubts

Photo Credit: AFP On Monday, September 12, a 10-day ceasefire is set to begin in Syria, followed by joint U.S.-Russia air strikes on jihadist militants. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in ...

08 Sep
Notes on Tunisia’s New National Unity Government

Raouia Briki - August 31, 2016   On August 26, Tunisia’s Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP), or Parliament, approved Youssef Chahed as prime minister and confirmed his new government with 167 votes in favor, 22 votes against, five abstentions, and ...

01 Sep
Yemen’s Political Rivals Vie for Control as Country Suffers

Photo Credit: The Guardian A Yemeni Houthi opposition delegation arrived in Baghdad on August 29 to garner support for its new "governing council," announced as peace talks being held in Kuwait faltered. The 10-member council, announced in early August, ...

30 Aug
VP Biden Visits Post-Coup Turkey

Photo Credit: Business Insider On Wednesday, August 25th, 2016 Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Ankara to meet with Turkish officials and ease tensions between the United States and Turkey that arose last month after a failed coup attempt. Turkey’s request ...

25 Aug
POMED’s Stephen McInerney Discusses Bahrain in the Washington Post

On August 23, 2016, POMED's Stephen McInerney was quoted in a Washington Post article entitled, "Clinton’s Bahrain problem has nothing to do with the Clinton Foundation," by Josh Rogin. Regarding presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's closeness to the Bahraini government, ...

15 Aug
Lebanese Parliament Fails to Pick New President for 43rd Consecutive Time

Photo Credit: The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir For the 43rd consecutive presidential election session, Lebanon's Parliament failed to select a new president. To hold a vote, 86 MP’s of the 128-member legislature are required, but only 20 MP’s arrived for the session. ...

03 Aug
Iraq Launches Investigation into MP Corruption

On Monday, during his questioning at a session of parliament, Iraq’s Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi accused the Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jabouri and several other government officials of involvement in corruption cases. Al-Obeidi, a member of the majority party Unity ...

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