Middle East and North Africa News

Gallup: Tunisians Lose Confidence in Government

Aug 13, 2013
Tunisians' confidence in their Islamist-led government evaporated in the last year, dropping to 32 percent in May 2013 from 56 percent in March 2012.Citizens' trust in their government showed signs of major erosion in late 2012 and has not recovered.

US and EU Jointly on Egypt

Aug 07, 2013
On August 7, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and E.U. High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton urged Egypt's government and opposition parties to begin a process of "genuine reconciliation" and to quickly prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections.

Report: Violence Widens Egypt’s Political Divide

Aug 07, 2013
The political divide between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi has dramatically widened as violence has risen, according to a new International Crisis Group Report. Bloodshed has deeply entrenched the two camps against each other, making political compromise more difficult. Negotiations may be particularly difficult because neither side is monolithic.

Women on Egypt's Coup

Aug 05, 2013
The rise of Islamist political parties has arguably impacted women more than any other sector of society. But women from four Arab countries had diverse reactions to military coup against the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt on July 3.

The Truly Massive Challenges Facing Iran's New President

Aug 02, 2013
After the Aug. 4 inauguration, Rouhani will face a grueling test of the popularity he won at the polls against five other candidates, writes Robin Wright.

Gallup: How Egyptian Opinion Shifted

Aug 02, 2013
A few weeks before massive protests and a government decree ended Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's presidency, 29% of Egyptians expressed confidence in their national government -- the lowest level Gallup has measured since Egypt's revolution began in 2011.

Hezbollah's Roll of the Dice in Southern Lebanon

Aug 02, 2013
The European Union designated the "military" wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, inviting strong reaction from Hezbolla describing it as a "legal cover for Israel to attack" Lebanon. The party is using the decision to intimidate UNIFIL forces in South Lebanon through the use of its local elected officials and the population.

The New Mideast Talks: Much Risk, Little Hope, but Still We Must Try

Jul 30, 2013
As the latest round of talks begin, Aaron David Miller outlines the three core challenges to achieving an agreement. And while the odds against success are long, “Still, Mr. Kerry has put down a bet worth making.”

Egypt’s Sissi is Not Moving Toward Democracy

Jul 29, 2013
"U.S. officials must make clear to the Egyptian military and its supporters, as well as to Islamists, that Washington will choose its friends, and that they do not include regimes that curb popular participation at the polls in favor of street mobilization," writes Marina and David Ottaway in The Washington Post.

John Kerry’s Challenge: Restarting the Middle East Peace Process

Jul 26, 2013
Stalled efforts to reach an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians are once again front and center. Secretary of State Kerry has committed himself to finding a way forward on a dispute that has become one of the world’s immovable objects. Is there any reason to believe that this time can be different? Aaron Miller, a veteran of Middle East negotiations, provides context.

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