02 Jun
American in Yemen Released following Negotiations, Several Still Detained

Photo Credit: NBC Last week, the Obama administration reportedly conducted secret talks with Yemen's Houthi rebels, along with Saudi Arabian and Omani officials, to discuss a ceasefire and the release of several Americans detained by the Houthis. Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern ...

01 Jun
Erdogan Seeks to Enhance Presidential Power in Close Election

Turkey’s parliamentary election is set for June 7, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing for a presidential system in which he would have powers more akin to the prime minister - an office he held until last year. A change ...

01 Jun
Jailed Egyptian-American Mohamed Soltan Deported to U.S.

Egyptian-American Mohamed Soltan, son of a prominent Muslim Brotherhood member, was released from an Egyptian prison and deported to the United States on Saturday. His release came after months of negotiations between Egyptian and U.S. officials, and after Soltan ...

28 May
Tobruk-Based Libya PM Targeted in Assassination Attempt

Photo Credit: CNN/Alexander Zemlianichenko Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni of the Tobruk-based government survived an assassination attempt yesterday by gunmen in Tobruk. While on his way to the airport after attending a parliament session, al-Thinni's motorcade was attacked, leaving one of his guards wounded. ...

26 May
POMED Hearing Notes: Egypt Two Years After Morsi: Part I

On Wednesday, May 20th, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing entitled “Subcommittee Hearing: Egypt Two Years After Morsi: Part I.” The committee invited speakers Eric Trager, Ph.D., Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute; and Nancy Okail, Ph.D., Executive Director, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy to testify. To ...

22 May
Yemen Peace Talks Postponed Indefinitely

Peace talks which had been set to begin on May 28th between Yemeni government and opposition members, including the Houthis, have been indefinitely postponed. The inclusive peace talks were to be hosted hosted by the U.N. in Geneva. The ...

20 May
Analysts Call for More Aid to Tunisia as President Essebsi Prepares to Meet Obama

In anticipation of  Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi's meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, there have been calls to increase U.S. support for the young democracy. Citing security and economic concerns, President Essebsi has stated "we are in a ...

18 May
Yemen Ceasefire Ends, Saudi Airstrikes Resume

Photo Credit: Reuters Despite appeals by the United Nations for an extension, Saudi Arabia and Houthi forces have resumed fighting in Yemen. Reyad Yassin Abdulla, Yemen's foreign minister, blamed the Houthis for a failed truce renewal. Yemen's exiled president Abed Rabbo Mansour ...

18 May
Morsi, AUC Professor, and More than 90 Others Sentenced to Death

Photo Credit: AP An Egyptian court sentenced former president Mohammed Morsi to death along with more than 100 other defendants. The conviction was based on Morsi's alleged collaboration with Hamas and Hezbollah in a series of prison ...

14 May
Obama Gathers GCC Leaders to Discuss Iran, Regional Security

Photo Credit: Aljazeera Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will meet with President Obama to discuss U.S. security commitment to the Gulf and their concerns about a possible nuclear accord with Iran. Saudi Arabia's King Salman will not attend ...

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