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Center for the Middle East News

Refugees in Turkey hit hard by Covid-19 restrictions
With international borders closed, governments around the world should allow unemployed migrants to remain in their countries and give them “the option to search for a new job and transfer their visa if and when the spread of the virus has slowed and quarantine measures are lifted," said fellow Kelsey Norman of the impact on migrants and refugees of coronavirus mobility restrictions. Ahval News: https://bit.ly/340U8x9
March 31, 2020, 10:04 a.m.

Electoral disenchantment in Iran
"The low turnout and the conservative victory in the parliamentary elections in Iran indicate intense electoral disenchantment and set the stage for the ascendance of a hard-liner as president," writes fellow Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar.
Feb. 25, 2020, 3:33 p.m.

Implications of Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan
The peace plan revealed on Tuesday cannot succeed without the involvement of the Palestinians, says Ambassador Edward Djerejian. "In the past we had the Israelis and the Palestinians either indirectly or in direct negotiations ... It seems to me [the plan] is more about politics — domestic politics in Israel and maybe even domestic politics in our country where the president is under impeachment and he's coming up to an election, and wants to table this and move on."
Jan. 29, 2020, 8:53 a.m.

Amb. Djerejian on Trump's Mideast peace plan
"If the Trump plan is not based on the fundamental principle of 'land for peace,' then I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere because you cannot deny Palestinian self determination," said Ambassador Edward Djerejian in an interview with Britain's SkyNews. If the plan involves only security, economic or other arrangements, "something short of a territorial compromise that would eventually have an independent Palestinian state living in peace and security next to an independent Israeli state," the plan will not have any traction.
Jan. 15, 2020, 3:17 p.m.

What’s next for Oman following Sultan Qaboos’ death?
Oman's new sultan, Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, will endeavor to stamp his own imprint on a country that has become synonymous with Qaboos, writes fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen. Al-Monitor: http://bit.ly/2FIibWk
Jan. 11, 2020, 6:37 p.m.

In the Middle East, 'first, do no harm"
Recent developments in the Middle East have created new opportunities for diplomacy, says Baker Institute director Edward P. Djerejian in an interview with Al-Monitor: http://bit.ly/2XBFLvU
Dec. 1, 2019, 4:36 p.m.

Trump dismantling system for resettling refugees
Kelsey Norman, director of the Women's Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program, is interviewed about the impact of the Trump administration's decision to lower the number of refugees allowed into the U.S.
Nov. 24, 2019, 5:49 p.m.

Watch: Djerejian on the U.S. foreign policy landscape
Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian discusses U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on "Red, White & Blue," Houston Public Media's weekly public affairs program: http://bit.ly/336ElLk
Oct. 4, 2019, 12:54 p.m.

Oman's new embassy in Palestine
Oman is seeking to de-escalate Israeli-Palestinian tensions, move toward a form of normalized relations with Israel — but not at the expense of its support for an independent Palestinian state, writes fellow Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen of Oman's plans to open an embassy in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Middle East Institute: https://bit.ly/2KD1kGs
Aug. 13, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Trump weighs terror designation for Muslim Brotherhood
President Trump's proposal risks upsetting American allies from Turkey to Indonesia. “It is the new cold war in the [Middle East] region, and there is not a good side and a bad side from the U.S. perspective,” fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen tells the New York Times
May 10, 2019, 1:31 p.m.