The frenzied media coverage of the evacuation of Jewish settlers from Gaza did not present many perspectives from the Palestinian side. When I visited Gaza in July, it was somewhat difficult to feel sympathy with the young protesters who had taken over Palestinian homes and a vacant hotel.
Much has been made of the new diplomatic role of Turkey in the Middle East. However, the recent release of American Sarah Shourd from Evin prison in Iran – brokered by the Sultanate of Oman – has highlighted the unobtrusive diplomatic prowess of Muscat.
At a time when Israeli and Palestinian leaders are engaged in face-to-face talks, it might be wise to recall that the winners of the most recent (2006) Palestinian elections, Hamas (the Islamic Resistance Movement), are not at the table.
The officers and staff of the Middle East Policy Council extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Peter Gubser, humanitarian and scholar, who died this week. Over the past three decades, Peter brought wisdom, dignity and good humor to both his charitable and his intellectual work.
In light of the serious setbacks to U.S. efforts to advance Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the Middle East Policy Council is highlighting three relevant articles published in our journal since the Madrid peace conference was held in 1991.
The dominant power on the Arabian Peninsula, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has long been one of the world’s least accessible societies, with a famously inscrutable government.
Saudi-American Forum: Two years have passed since the terror of 9/11 changed the fundamental nature of the US-Saudi relationship.
Are the Iraqi security forces ready to stand guard over the country?
By most accounts, the Obama Administration is tantalizingly close to announcing the resumption of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, after a hiatus of more than 18 months, although there is still some wrangling over details that the two parties regard as critical.