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May
2011

Bashar Assad, the Protests in Syria, and the Iranian Connection

The resignation of more than 200 members of the ruling Baath Party in the Daraa region in protest against the massive use of live ammunition and tanks against the demonstrators (a first since the establishment of the Assad regime almost five decades ago) is a major statement. Read More »

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Apr
2011

The Fatah-Hamas Agreement: Analysis and Initial Consequences

With Egypt serving as a go-between, senior representatives of Fatah and Hamas initialed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo on April 27 that puts an end to the governmental bifurcation between Ramallah and Gaza and paves the way to political partnership, reform of the PLO, and general elections. Read More »

17
Apr
2011

New Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby Reveals Distrubing Foreign Policy Trends

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently expressed his concerns to EU ambassadors about future trends in Egyptian foreign policy. "I am very concerned over some of the voices we've been hearing from Egypt recently," Netanyahu told the ambassadors. Read More »

29
Mar
2011

Iranian and Hizbullah Silence in the Face of U.S. Support for the Syrian Regime

As bloody riots threaten Bashar Assad’s regime and the minority Alawite rule, the silence of Iran and Hizbullah, Syria’s closest allies, is striking. Read More »

28
Mar
2011

Syria: Winners and Losers in Eventual Regime Change

The recent protests in Syria and the subsequent crackdown by the regime have shown once more that the old concepts governing the assessment of the stability of regimes in the Middle East and North Africa have failed to forecast the demise of totalitarian rule in the Arab world. Read More »

27
Mar
2011

Revolutionary Guards’ Influence Grows in Iran as Opposition Falters

On March 8, 2011, Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani, 80, was elected Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, the body that will elect the next Supreme Leader of Iran. Read More »

14
Mar
2011

Why Incitement is Ignored

The brutal Palestinian terror attack on Itamar has brought back the core issue of Palestinian incitement to center stage. Read More »

10
Mar
2011

The Follies of Gaddafi

Unlike his neighbors east and west of him, Gaddafi has vowed to fight till the bitter end. He will not willingly relinquish power at the price of an ongoing civil war and of the practical division of Libya into two sub-areas: Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, historically the two vilayets (departments) constituting Libya under Ottoman rule. Read More »

2
Mar
2011

Is Radical Islam Trying to Take Over the Revolt in Yemen?

In Yemen, leading Muslim cleric Abd al-Majid Zindani, 69, has joined the anti-government protests, telling several thousand protesters: “An Islamic state is coming.” Zindani has long been an associate of Osama bin Laden, whom he knew personally when both lived […] Read More »

23
Feb
2011

Libya: The End of the “L’enfant Terrible”?

Libya, holder of Africa’s largest oil reserves, is the latest Arab nation to be rocked by protests that culminated in the ouster of Tunisia’s president and the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. But, unlike Tunisia, Egypt, and other “orderly” […] Read More »

20
Feb
2011

Could the Kingdom of Bahrain Become an Iranian Pearl Harbor?

Bahrain is, in fact, the ideal target for such an Iranian strategy. Read More »

18
Feb
2011

The Iranians Head for the Suez Canal

Iran has been seeking to establish that it is the hegemonial power in the Middle East. Its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave an interview to the Iranian daily Ressalat on July 7, 1991, and asked a rhetorical question: "Do we look to preserve the integrity of our land, or to we look to its expansion?" Read More »

15
Feb
2011

The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Under Field Marshal Tantawi: A Recipe for Revolution or More of the Same?

Egypt is ruled today by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, under the leadership of Field Marshal Muhammad Hussein Tantawi. The country is now ruled under military law, something which the masses did not expect and which does not […] Read More »

14
Feb
2011

End of an Era

Nobody knows if a democratic system will emerge in Egypt. During the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, Egypt experienced a similar period when, under the leadership of the Wafd Party, liberal democracy was introduced. However, the democracy was fragile and was […] Read More »

13
Feb
2011

Mubarak’s Last Salvo?

The dramatic fifty-word statement on Feb.11 by Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman announcing that President Mubarak had decided to step down from the office of the President of the Republic and had charged the High Council of the Armed Forces with administering the affairs of the country has raised many questions about the whole procedure, its legality, and its relevance to the Egyptian Constitution. Read More »