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On Tuesday, February 25th, 2015, Secretary of State, John Kerry, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs about the State Department budget. Ed Royce (R-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Brad Continue →

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President Barack Obama meets with Bahrain

On February 24, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) commemorated the anniversary of the pro-democracy uprisings in Bahrain. Wyden said, “While many Bahrainis feel their struggle has been forgotten by the world, Continue →

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On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the State, Foreign Operations, and Other Related Programs Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations held a hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2016 funding Continue →

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On Monday, February 23rd, 2015, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a discussion titled “Authorizing Military Action Against ISIL: Geography, Strategy and Unanswered Questions.” The three speakers included Continue →

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The following post originally appeared on Security Assistance Monitor, a joint project with the Center for International Policy.

The recent murder of Jordan’s Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh by militants of the so-called Islamic State Continue →

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Ashour Abu-Rashed, right, talks to Tarek Adel during an emergency representatives meeting to discuss the conflict in Libya, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Photo Credit: AP / Amr Nabil

Ashour Abu-Rashed, right, talks to Tarek Adel during an emergency representatives meeting to discuss the conflict in Libya, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Photo Credit: AP Continue →

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Libyans celebrate the anniversary of the revolution in Tripoli on February 17. Photo Credit: Foreign Policy

On Sunday, fighters reportedly affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Continue →

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Katy Montoya refugees Jordan IREMAM

Katy Montoya, an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, has undertaken some ambitious research on the situation of Syrian refugees in Jordan. Following previous work on refugees in Jordan posted on Syria Comment Continue →

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On Thursday, February 12, 2015, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) hosted a panel entitled “The Battle Against The Islamic State: Where Do We Go From Here?” The moderator, Continue →

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A Misratan Third Force anti-aircraft gun near the Libyan town of Bin Jawad. Photo Credit: Frederic Wehrey

A Misratan Third Force anti-aircraft gun near the Libyan town of Bin Jawad.Photo Credit: Frederic Wehrey

U.N.-sponsored peace talks between Libya’s political factions resumed in Ghadames on Wednesday. The General Continue →

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On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Human Rights First (HRF) and Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) hosted a hill briefing on the “How to Bring Stability to Bahrain” blueprint released by HRF Continue →

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Saleh Ali al-Sammad, a Senior Houthi Leader, gives a  interview in Sana’a. Photo Credit: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

U.N.-brokered peace talks between rival factions continued this week, while two Continue →

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On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace held an event entitled “Making Sense of Yemen’s Power Crisis.” The panel consisted of Nasser Arrabyee, the founder and Continue →

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The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi. Photo Credit: Reuters

The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi. Photo Credit: Reuters

On Monday, the U.A.E. sentenced Mohammed Ali al-Shehhi to seven years in prison after he was convicted of Continue →

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Syria News Round-Up Feb. 9, 2015

by Matthew Barber on February 9, 2015

SOHR casualty numbers

From a friend commenting on discrepancy in SOHR’s recent numbers:

SOHR is all over the place with numbers. This is his latest: here. The new number is 210k; he says that Continue →

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by Julio Rivera

Julio Rivera is a PhD student in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago where he focuses on Syrian political history. Before Continue →

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by Matthew Barber

The following is not research or analysis, but a few reflections on the film released by IS in which Jordanian pilot Muaz al-Kasasbeh was burned alive inside a Continue →

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Supporters of Yemen’s Houthi movement chant slogans during a rally Photo Credit: Hani Mohammed/AP

Nine political factions met in Sana’a this week to form a collective political solution, following the Houthi’s threat to impose a unilateral solution unless an agreement was reached by Wednesday. The parties agreed to establish Continue →

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Tunisian Parliament Approves Government

by Bastien on February 5, 2015

Mr. Mongi Rahoui Photo Credit: Youtube

After his first government was rejected, PM-designate Habib Essid reshuffled the cabinet’s line up and was approved by the Tunisian Parliament on Thursday. The new cabinet is comprised of most political parties, including members of Nidaa Tounes, Ennahda, the Continue →

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The House of Representatives, led by PM al-Thinni, is Libya’s internationally recognised government. Photo Credit: Reuters

Libya’s Tobruk-based government revoked a controversial law on Monday that previously banned officials who participated in the Muamar Continue →

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Fethullah Gülen. Photo Credit: Selahattin Sevi/AFP/Getty Images

On Tuesday, the Turkish government announced the revocation of self-exiled cleric Fetullah Gülen‘s passport, noting that it was originally “issued based on a Continue →

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