31 Jul
United States Assumes Presidency of Community of Democracies

On July 22nd, 2015, the United States assumed presidency of the 27-member Governing Council of the Community of Democracies (CD) for the 2015-2017 term. The CD is a "global, intergovernmental coalition of states" that works to strengthen democratic values and institutions across the world by empowering governments, civil society, and the private sector. Founded by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Bronislaw Geremek in ...

31 Jul
Hearing: Nomination of Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia

On July 30th, 2015, the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing for the nomination of Daniel H. Rubinstein as Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia. The hearing also included nominees for Ambassadors to the Central African Republic,the Republic of Gambia, the Republic of Benin, and the Togolese Republic. To watch a video of the hearing, click here. To view these notes as a PDF, click here. Rubinstein ...

31 Jul
Security Assistance Monitor Spotlight – New $122m Saudi Arms Sale Announced

Last Friday, Raytheon, one of the United States’ largest defense contractors, announced a joint contract to be shared between the Saudi Armed Forces and the United States Navy to be completed by April 2018. The $180 million dollar deal ...

30 Jul
Event Notes: “Elections and Libya’s Democratic Transition”

On Tuesday, July 27th, 2015, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) held an event titled “Elections and Libya’s Democratic Transition,” featuring a conversation with Dr. Emad Alsaiah, chairman of the Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC). IFES President Bill Sweeney introduced Alsaiah, highlighting his role in establishing an election commission in Libya and serving as the technician for the 2012 election, where he oversaw a period of voting that ...

30 Jul
Highlights of the 2014 State Dept. Human Rights Report on Iraq

The State Department released its 2014 Human Rights Report for Iraq, which noted that the majority of the country’s  human rights violations were committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Despite free and fair national parliamentary elections, which led to a peaceful transition in power, ISIL committed human rights violations such as; "large scale and frequent killings, attacks and offensive operations over large areas of the country; abuses against ...

29 Jul
Turkey Begins Airstrike Campaign, Motives Questioned

Photo Credit: Nath Paresh On July 20th, a suicide bombing killed over 30 people in the town of Suruc, a mainly Kurdish town, where a group of youth activists were meeting before traveling to Syria to help rebuild the town ...

29 Jul
Highlights of the 2014 State Dept. Human Rights Report on Syria

The State Department released its 2014 Human Rights Report for Syria, which noted that the majority of the country’s  human rights violations were committed by President Bashar al-Assad in response to "major political conflict" within the country. The Assad regime used "deadly military force" against civilians throughout the country to end peaceful protests calling for political reform and democracy. Air and ground-based military assaults ordered by Assad targeted  cities, residential areas, and civilian infrastructure. ...

22 Jul
Inspector General Releases Report on U.S. Embassy in Tunis

Photo credit: U.S Department of State On July 16, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of State released the findings of its inspection of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, conducted from February 17 to March ...

17 Jul
Yemen’s Exiled VP Announces “Liberation” of Aden

Photo Credit: Saleh Al-Obeid, AFP Yemen’s exiled vice president Khaled Bahah announced on his Facebook page today “the liberation of the province of Aden,” after an offensive by pro-government forces to drive Houthi rebels out of the southern province began ...

16 Jul
Arab World and Turkey React to Iran Nuclear Deal

Photo credit: AP Government officials across the Arab world and Turkey responded to the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 on Tuesday. While official reactions generally praised the deal, many qualified their comments with a sense of hesitation. The Turkish ...

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