Middle East and North Africa News

Israel Faces Reset Moment

Jan 30, 2013
Israel’s surprising election result gives its wing-clipped prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, an opportunity to shift to the center, to reset the U.S.-Israeli relationship, and to seek a two-state solution, writes Jane Harman.

Al Qaeda on the Rise in North Africa?

Jan 30, 2013
Al Qaeda and its affiliates may exploit the limited ability of new Arab governments to control their territory, according to the United States Institute of Peace's Dan Brumberg. Now the organization and its affiliates have no incentive to directly challenge the new governments. But they are likely establishing local cells that could pose a security threat.

NPR: Salafis in Tunisia

Jan 29, 2013
The second in an NPR series on ultra-conservative Salafis, the new political force in the Middle East, focuses on Tunisia.

NPR: Salafis in Egypt

Jan 29, 2013
The first in an NPR series on ultra-conservative Salafis, the new political force in the Middle East, focuses on Egypt.

Mali: It’s Salafi-Jihadist Insurgency, Stupid!

Jan 29, 2013
On January 28, a new report by the Quilliam Foundation warned that the Mali conflict has now evolved into a global security threat. The latest chapter in the half-century old conflict began in July 2012 when Islamic extremists linked to al Qaeda seized control of northern Mali. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has been winning recruits since the mid-2000s, rebranding the Taureg nationalist movement as an Islamist one.

The Future of U.S.-Israeli Relations

Jan 24, 2013
Jane Harman and Aaron David Miller comment on U.S.-Israeli relations in light of the election.

Don't expect an Obama-Netanyahu blowup

Jan 23, 2013
Aaron David Miller writes for CNN.com that Obama and Netanyahu may have less reason to fight each other following elections in both the U.S. and Israel.

What 3 Government Actions Needed to Foster “Dignity”?

Jan 17, 2013
Women leaders in the Arab world were asked what three government actions are needed to foster “dignity.” The responses from women in four key Arab countries covered everything from disarming militias to imposing penalties for sexual harassment and more equitable tax laws.

Women’s Rights Under Egypt’s Constitutional Disarray

Jan 17, 2013
Egypt’s post-revolution constitution does not explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender or religion. It only recognizes women’s domestic role within a family “founded on religion, morality, and patriotism.” Clerics will have the final word over the new laws.

Turmoil in Tunisia Two Years Later

Jan 16, 2013
The second anniversary of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution reflected the deepening political divisions across the North African country. Five different political factions—two Islamist and three secular parties—took to the street of Tunis on January 14 to mark the ouster of former President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali. They had starkly different messages.

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