Middle East and North Africa News
Sep 05, 2013
By having a congressional debate and resolution authorizing military action in Syria, President Obama is trying to make a virtue out of a necessity. Aaron David Miller provides four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.
Sep 04, 2013
Egyptians have embarked on yet another battle in their fight for freedom—a fight they started when they took to the streets on January 25, 2011. This fight continued in battles on June 30 and July 26, 2013. A committee of ten experts appointed by the interim president Adly Mansour has proposed a host of amendments to Egypt’s 2012 constitution—a flawed constitution by all standards. The amendments will be further examined by a committee of 50 formed on September 1, 2013 through a mixture of appointment and elections before finally being put to referendum.
Sep 04, 2013
Dalia Ziada is an award-winning human rights activist and the executive director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Cairo, Egypt. She analyzed the ouster of the Islamists in the following interview.
Aug 29, 2013
The Middle East Program offers the latest news on Iran, based on a selection of Iranian news sources. "Iran: The Week in Review" is a weekly summary of information with links to news in both English and Farsi. It includes the latest developments and analysis of news about the country. The Middle East Program will send "Iran: The Week in Review" every Thursday afternoon through the end of August.
Aug 28, 2013
Aaron David Miller considers three core questions that need answering about the military action the president is about to authorize in Syria.
Aug 27, 2013
In stark contrast to the euphoria after elections two years ago, Islamist political parties across the Middle East now face escalating challenges to their rule. The main drama is playing out in Egypt between the army and the Muslim Brotherhood. But Islamist parties in Tunisia, Libya are also under pressure from emboldened opposition movements.
Aug 27, 2013
"Obama will act militarily in Syria, but deliberately. Whatever its misgivings, the U.S. military will execute whatever attack the president authorizes – maybe missile strikes against units that have used chemical weapons, or against other military infrastructure. And if he explains his reasoning clearly and transparently, he’ll have Congress and the public behind him," writes Aaron David Miller in Politico.
Aug 26, 2013
Hamas and Hezbollah have had a dramatic break-up after the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011. Part of the break-up is due to sectarian differences; another part is due to rival regional alliances. For the wider Middle East, the Hamas-Hezbollah split is a dangerous microcosm of a growing trend.
Aug 22, 2013
“I think urging the U.N. immediately to investigate this is right action number one and then, two, mobilizing the entire world community. If there was a massive use of chemical weapons, that should be a rallying cry for the world to get involved,” said Jane Harman on Andrea Mitchell Reports.
Aug 21, 2013
The only thing that's really clear about U.S. Middle East policy these days is its stunning lack of clarity, writes Aaron Miller. Still, even while it seems confused and directionless, Barack Obama's Middle East policies have logic and coherence.