28 Jul
U.S. International Religious Freedom Report Released

Photo Credit: Paul J. Richards—AFP/Getty Images The State Department's International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 was released, highlighting threats to religious freedom in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Bahrain. The release of the report coincided with the nomination of David Saperstein for Ambassador ...

25 Jul
POMED Notes: The Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt

Photo Credit: Comment Middle East On Thursday, July 24, 2014 the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing entitled “The Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt.” The first panel comprised of testimony from Charles Michael Johnson, Jr., Director of International Security and Counterterrorism Issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). He spoke on GAO’s new report “Democracy Assistance: Lessons Learned from Egypt ...

25 Jul
POMED Notes – Iraq at a Crossroads: Options for U.S. Policy

  Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images North America On Thursday July 24, 2014, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing entitled "Iraq at a Crossroads: Options for U.S. Policy." The first panel Brett McGurk, Deputy Assistant Secretary Of State For Iraq And Iran, and Elissa Slotkin, performing the duties of the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Principal and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. The second ...

25 Jul
Washington Post Correspondent Among Journalists Detained in Iran

Source: Fox News The Washington Post reported that its correspondent in Tehran, Jason Rezaian, had been detained, along with his wife, who is a reporter for The National, and two freelance photojournalists. Rezaian, who has worked in Tehran with accreditation for the Post since 2012, holds ...

25 Jul
Iranian Leaders Express Solidarity with Palestine

  Photo Credit: Fars News According to Mehr News, speaker of parliament Ali Larijani urged Egypt to open the Rafah border crossing to Gaza for Palestinians to escape violence as “a necessary... humanitarian act of kindness." He called the “deaths of innocent women and ...

24 Jul
POMED Notes: The Struggle for Public Space in Egypt

On Tuesday, July 22, the Atlantic Council held an event entitled "The Struggle for Public Space in Egypt." Khaled Dawoud, Official Spokesman of the Al-Dostour Party and Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Al-Ahram Weekly, spoke on the increasingly limited space for public debate and contestation in Egypt. Mirette F. Mabrouk, Deputy Director for regional programs at the Hariri Center moderated the discussion. For the full event note, please continue reading or click here for ...

24 Jul
Resolution on Egypt Addresses “Politically Motivated” NGO Convictions

Photo Credit: AP/Khalil Hamra Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced S.2649 which would "provide certain legal relief from politically motivated charges by the Government of Egypt." Referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the bill stipulates that "no ...

24 Jul
U.S. $500 Million Loan Agreement to Tunisia to “Foster Democracy”

Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images Tunisia today closed on its offering of a $500 million seven-year sovereign bond issuance guaranteed by the U.S., launching an agreement that President Barack Obama has said is intended "to help ...

23 Jul
Iraqi Parliament Elects New President

Photo Credit: Adam Ferguson/New York Times The Iraqi parliament elected president Fuad Masoum on Thursday, July 24 after the original elections were postponed by a day, "delaying the formation of a power-sharing government urgently needed to confront a Sunni Muslim insurgency" that has ...

23 Jul
Lebanon Fails Again to Elect New President

Photo Credit: Joseph Eid/AFP For the ninth time in a row, Lebanon's parliament has failed to elect a new president "due to lack of quorum" as a new hearing was set for August 12. Lebanon's constitution demands that 86 of ...

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