22 Jul
POMED Notes: Libya: Updates from the Field

On Monday, July 21, Atlantic Council held an event entitled "Libya: Update from the Field." Fadel Lamen, President of the National Dialogue Preparatory Commission and Nonresident Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East of Atlantic Council, spoke on the status of Libya's transitional process in the current regional environment. Karim Mezran, Senior Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East of Atlantic Council moderated the ...

22 Jul
POMED Notes: Obama’s Foreign Policy and the Future of the Middle East

Photo Credit: NEO On Monday July 21, 2014, the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) held an event entitled “Obama’s Foreign Policy and the Future of the Middle East.” The event featured Kenneth Pollack, Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution; Paul R. Pillar, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University; Amin Tarzi, Director of Middle East Studies, Marine Corps University; and Chas W. Freeman ...

22 Jul
Libya Announces Final Election Results

Photo Credit: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP Photo After Libya's final parliamentary election results were announced, "Liberal factions" appear to be the biggest winners as "commentators say liberals will fill most seats in the new parliament, unlike the former assembly which was dominated ...

21 Jul
Lawsuit Filed Against Bahraini Opposition Party

  Photo Credit: alwefaq.net Bahrain's Justice Ministry filed a lawsuit against main opposition party al-Wefaq, seeking to suspend its activities for three months. The charges filed in the suit include "failing to comply with rules of transparency when holding general ...

21 Jul
Jordan May Change Stance on Syria

  Photo Credit: Raul Garcia/EPA The Jordanian government neutralized its stance towards Syria, after Information Minister Mohammad al-Momani announced that Jordan “was not interested in training Syrian opposition forces on its territory” adding that its “public policy has always been not to interfere in ...

18 Jul
Members of Congress Send Letter to Bahrain’s King

Photo Credit: Radio Free Asia Eighteen Members of Congress have signed a bipartisan letter to King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to express "concern and disappointment" with his government's recent decision to expel Tom Malinowski, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, ...

18 Jul
Iranian Activists Hopeful for a Nuclear Resolution

  Credit: ICHR A study published by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran found that leading Iranian civil society figures “support the nuclear negotiations and hope for a successful deal,” arguing that “an end to the confrontation over the nuclear ...

18 Jul
POMED Notes: Egypt Caucus Inaugural Press Conference

  Photo Credit: Breitbart News On Wednesday, July 16, a press conference was held at the House Triangle to announce the formation of a “Friends of Egypt” caucus in Congress. Attending and making brief statements at the press conference were co-chairs Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). For full notes continue reading or click here for the ...

17 Jul
Journalists Injured and Detained Amid Iraq Violence

Photo Credit: ICSSI According to "news reports and local press freedom groups," Iraq has seen a recent crackdown on journalists as at least two journalists have been injured and one detained while a newspaper office was also raided "amid heightened ...

17 Jul
‘Egypt Caucus’ Announcement Disrupted by Protesters

Video Credit: Jeremy Ritter-Wiseman The inaugural press conference for the new "Egypt Caucus" was disrupted by a group of protesters demanding the end of U.S. aid to an Egyptian government that they criticized for being founded from a coup and ...

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