• Arab Leaders Try to Get Trump’s Attention

    Eager to unlock the door to US-Arab cooperation on tackling regional issues following decades of disappointment with Washington’s lack of understanding of their concerns, three Arab leaders are engaging US President Donald Trump’s new administration over the next month.

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met Trump at the White House on April 3; Jordan’s King Abdullah II will be in Washington on April 5; and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to follow later this month or in May. In their meetings, these leaders hope to discuss a number of issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the civil war in Libya, and the threat posed by global terrorist organizations.

    Read More
  • Lessons from a Regional Approach to Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Towards the end of their press conference on February 15, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald J. Trump hinted at their evolving strategy to solve the Israel-Palestine conflict and broader Arab-Israeli differences through a regional approach. 

    Netanyahu: And I believe that the great opportunity for peace comes from a regional approach from involving our newfound Arab partners in the pursuit of a broader peace and peace with the Palestinians. And I greatly look forward to discussing this in detail with you, Mr. President, because I think that if we work together, we have a shot.

    Trump:  And we have been discussing that, and it is something that is very different, hasn't been discussed before. And it's actually a much bigger deal, a much more important deal, in a sense. It would take in many, many countries and it would cover a very large territory. So, I didn't know you were going to be mentioning that, but that's—now that you did, I think it's a terrific thing and I think we have some pretty good cooperation from people that in the past would never, ever have even thought about doing this.  So we'll see how that works out.

    Read More
  • A Middle East Agenda for Hillary Clinton

    As Hillary Clinton emerges as the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential elections after an endorsement by rival Bernie Sanders, challenges loom ahead, both as policy issues and as strategies that need to be planned for when a potential presidential term begins.
    Read More
  • Farewell to Victimhood

    pdfDownload (PDF)

    In the wake of mounting violence and unrest in the Palestinian territories and Israel over the past three months, over forty thousand Palestinians have taken to the streets to protest Israel's occupation and its policies in Jerusalem. Reuters recently reported that 24 Israelis and at least 142 Palestinians have been killed in clashes since the beginning of October 2015. The uprising, led by young Palestinians, is taking place against the backdrop of stalled negotiations over a two-state solution and increasing disillusionment with the Palestinian Authority.

    Read More
  • Slavin: Officials Say New Israeli Rules Slow Aid to Palestinians

    South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin writes for Al Monitor on Israeli restrictions hindering international aid organizations from providing assistance to Palestinians:

    Read More
  • Slavin on the Middle East

    South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin joins Voice of America's Issues in the News to discuss Afghanistan, Iran, Israel-Palestine, and US domestic politics:

    Read More
  • Slavin: Jerusalem Youth Chorus Bridges Israeli-Palestinian Divide

    South Asia Center Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin writes for Al Monitor on the ways in which the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus empowers both Palestinian and Israeli singers, allowing them to overcome their differences:

    Read More
  • Protecting Refugees in Protracted Emergencies in the Middle East

    Um Ghassan was eleven in 1948 when her family fled Haifa. They joined the Palestinian exodus to Jordan, and later moved to Syria. “They welcomed us like we were their relatives,” she said. Decades later, when fighting broke out in Syria in 2011, Um Ghassan initially stayed in her house. “I would never leave my home,” she told me.
    Read More
  • Fayyad: What Palestinians Need to do to Fulfil Their Quest for Statehood

    Brent Scowcroft Center Distinguished Statesman Salam Fayyad writes for The Elders on the Palestinian path to statehood:

    Read More
  • Dungan on Du Grain à Moudre

    Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Nicholas Dungan joins Du Grain à Moudre to discuss France's stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

    Read More