Middle East

Constitution Watch Podcast: Hope and Chaos in Egypt

December 13, 2012
Leila Hilal talks to Nadine Sherif of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies about how the recent tumult in Egypt has coalesced the opposition to President Morsi in Cairo and strengthened the Egyptian national identity.They also discuss the most important elements of Egypt's draft constitution.

New America Foundation Podcast: Hope and Chaos in Egypt

December 7, 2012
Director of the Middle East Task Force Leila Hilal talks to Nadine Sherif of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies about how the recent tumult in Egypt has coalesced the opposition to President Morsi in Cairo, and strengthened the Egyptian national identity. They also discussed what the U.S. should be doing in light of increasing violence in the streets of Egypt, and what's likely to happen if the December 15 constitutional referendum take place.

The Conversation Israel and Palestine Needs to Have

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Alan M. Dershowitz
December 3, 2012 |

From the Gaza war and the upgrading of Palestine at the U.N. to Israel’s announcement that it will likely build new settlements, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spiraling out of control. We as coauthors disagree on the Palestinian U.N. bid, as on other important aspects of Middle Eastern politics. But on this we profoundly agree: negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority must resume, and fast.

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On Pilgrims and Zionists

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
November 21, 2012 |

It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time to think about Israel.

That's not as nonsensical as it may sound. The Pilgrims who established our American Thanksgiving ritual thought about Israel a great deal: both they and the larger group of Puritan settlers who followed them a decade later saw themselves as New Israelites, forced into the wilderness by religious persecution.

From Confusion to Kardashian: Misreading the Middle East

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
December 4, 2012 |

On the one hand, anything Kim Kardashian does shouldn’t be news. On the other hand, it usually is, so why not use her celebrity to push another point? I’m writing about Kardashian’s recent tweets on Israel and from Bahrain, and what the ensuing teapot-sized tempest tell us about elites, Arabs, and the magic of social media. 

The Sidebar: The National Security Gender Gap and the Truth About Egypt

November 30, 2012
Tara Maller explains why the next CIA director should be a woman and Jonathan Guyer joins from Cairo to discuss what's really going on in Egypt. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Enough About the Middle East Already

  • By
  • Andrés Martinez,
  • New America Foundation
October 26, 2012 |

The United States has lost its bearings in the world. Our foreign policy clings to a host of antiquated assumptions and no guiding strategic vision. It’s a bipartisan confusion, judging by this week’s foreign policy debate between President Obama and Governor Romney. The two men may have gotten personal in their sparring, but neither questioned the other’s assumptions about the places that matter most to Washington.

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Why Syria's Fragmentation is Turkey's Opportunity

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Soner Cagaptay
October 24, 2012 |

One-and-a-half years into Syria's civil war, the latest chapter is the armed hostility between Syria and Turkey, once a friend of the Assad regime. A century ago, it was Western powers that dismantled and carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I. Today, Turkey can place itself in the driver's seat of shaping the borders of the emerging Near East map.

Report: Iraq Will Account for Almost Half of Global Oil Growth by 2035

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
October 9, 2012 |

Much is made of the stunning growth of North American petroleum supplies, but a new report says that for the next two decades, Iraq will account for 45% of global supply growth, and become a new Saudi Arabia.

The Sidebar: The World Doth Protest

September 28, 2012
Romesh Ratnesar considers the future of American strategy in the Middle East after regional protests and President Obama's remarks at the U.N. General Assembly. Emily Parker explains the global implications of recent uprisings in China. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.
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