02 May
Jordanian King’s Power Consolidated by Amendments amid Broad Crackdown

Photo Credit: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Jordan's parliament passed several bills proposed by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour that give King Abdullah II sole constitutional control in areas of security, foreign policy, and the judiciary. According to state-run news agency Petra, the amendments were passed with ...

20 Apr
Groups Call on Obama to Address Human Rights & Arms Sales Before GCC Summit

Photo Credit: Saudi Press Agency President Obama arrived in Riyadh where he will hold bilateral talks with Saudi King Salman and leaders of the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain. Obama is is expected to push greater cooperation and ...

19 Apr
Hearing Notes – Assessing Pres. Obama’s FY 2017 MENA Budget Request

On Wednesday April 13, 2016, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing titled, “Assessing President Obama’s Middle East and North Africa FY 2017 Budget Request.” Witnesses included Anne W. Patterson, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs at the ...

19 Apr
Bipartisan Legislation Seeks Conditions for U.S.-Saudi Arms Sales

In effort to increase scrutiny of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT)and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)have introduced a bill that would set conditions for U.S. military support, requiring presidential certification that Saudi Arabia is meeting certain standards ...

11 Apr
POMED Event Notes – Saudi Arabia’s Regional Role and the Future of U.S.-Saudi Relations

On Wednesday, April 6, POMED hosted an event titled “Saudi Arabia’s Regional Role and the Future of U.S.-Saudi Relations.” The discussion was moderated by Amy Hawthorne, Deputy Director for Research at POMED, and included remarks bu Andrea Prasow, Deputy Washington Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW); Ambassador Stephen Seche, the Executive Vice President of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW); and Stephen McInerney, Executive Director of POMED. Ms. Hawthorne opened ...

04 Apr
Erdogan’s Washington Visit Attracts Criticism, Protest

During Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s trip to Washington, no official bilateral meeting was scheduled with President Obama. The White House reportedly declined a meeting, although Erdogan met with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, and ...

28 Mar
Hearing Notes — Human Rights Threatened, Self-Determination Deferred: The Status of Western Sahara

On Wednesday March 23, 2016, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission met for a hearing titled “Human Rights Threatened, Self-Determination Deferred: The Status of Western Sahara.” Witnesses included Ms. Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center for ...

22 Mar
Temporary Ceasefire Reached in Yemen, Saudis Scale Back Offensive

Photo Credit: Reuters Houthi rebels and Yemen's internationally recognized government have reportedly agreed to a ceasefire before the next round of peace negotiations are slated to begin in April, after talks led by UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in Sanaa. Officials ...

21 Mar
West Bank Govt Corruption Raised; Teacher Strike Continues

Photo Credit: Ma'an News Agency Thousands of Palestinian teachers have been protesting in the streets of Ramallah, demanding increased wages and the honoring of agreements made in 2013 with the Palestinian Teachers Union about set salaries, regular wage increases, and ...

15 Mar
Libya Announces Government of National Accord to Assume Exclusive Authority

Despite continued opposition from hardliners on both sides, the Presidential Council-nominated and UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) will officially assume power as the sole authority in Libya. The Presidential Council announced on Saturday that it had a majority ...

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