30 Jan
Saudis Shuffle Cabinet; Badawi at Risk of Permanent Damage

  Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered a reshuffle of his cabinet on January 29. Salman replaced almost every member, with the exception of the Minister of Oil Ali al-Naimi, Minister of Finance Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saud ...

30 Jan
Cardin, McCain Reintroduce Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John McCain (R-AZ) reintroduced the "Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (S. 284)," which aims to "impose sanctions with respect to foreign persons responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized ...

29 Jan
Syrian Delegates Meet in Moscow; U.S. Cuts Off Covert Aid

From January 26-28,  32 members of various opposition groups and six members of the official Syrian delegation met in Moscow, under the moderation of Syrian Ambassador to the U.N. Bashar JaafariMajid Habbo described the talks as "trying to ...

29 Jan
Pentagon Begins Talks with Houthis as Factions Form “Salvation Government”

The Pentagon opened talks with the Houthi rebels on Wednesday.  A Pentagon spokesman stated that "given the political uncertainty, it's fair to say that U.S. government officials are in communication with various parties in Yemen about what is a very fluid and ...

29 Jan
POMED Notes – Freedom in the World 2015

On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Freedom House unveiled the latest edition of Freedom House’s annual report, Freedom in the World 2015, entitled “Discarding Democracy: Return to the Iron Fist,” and hosted a panel to discuss the report’s findings. The panel was moderated by Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, Jill Dougherty, and included Arch Puddington, Vice President of Research at Freedom House and the report’s author; Tamara Wittes, Senior Fellow and ...

29 Jan
POMED Notes — Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing entitled “Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?” Witnesses included the Honorable Eric S. Edelman, Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; Mr. John Hannah, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Mr. Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; ...

27 Jan
Libya Peace Talks Resume; al-Hassi Claims U.S. Partnership

Peace talks resumed in Geneva on Monday with UNSMIL Head Bernardino Leon noting that the participants "have a very clear determination to reach an agreement, to pacify the country and to overcome the crisis...There is a very constructive spirit."  This ...

26 Jan
Yemeni Future Uncertain as Parliament Suspends Vote

On Sunday, Yemeni parliament members were reportedly turned away and told that the vote to decide whether to accept the resignation of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's government had been postponed. Parliamentary members were left in confusion as to the closure of ...

26 Jan
Egypt: Clashes Leave Over 20 Dead on Revolution’s Anniversary

On the anniversary of Egypt's January 25 Revolution, over 20 people were killed and over 90 injured, as protestors clashed with security forces across the country. On Sunday, supporters gathered in Alexandria for the funeral of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, a ...

26 Jan
POMED Notes: Direct Line: Doing Business in Tunisia

On Thursday, January 22, 2015, during a State Department event titled “Direct Line-Tunisia: Doing Business in Tunisia,” U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Jake Walles and Amel Bouchamaoui Hammami discussed the prospects of strengthening U.S.-Tunisian trade ties and the benefits of investing in Tunisia. For the full notes, continue reading or click here for the PDF. Amb. Walles began the session discussing the political background of Tunisia since the 2011 Revolution, touching upon its successful democratic ...

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