Archives for 2013

ASMEA Newsletter December 2013, Vol. 4

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What a Final Iran Deal Must Do

As former secretaries of state, we have confronted the existential issue of nuclear weapons and negotiated with adversaries in attempts to reduce nuclear perils. We sympathize with the current administration’s quest to resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff through diplomacy. We write this article to outline the options as we see them emerging from the i...    read more 

2013 ASMEA Keynote: “The Arab Upheavals: A View From Beirut”

Mr. Michael Young, Opinion Editor of the Daily Star in Beirut, delivers the Keynote Address at the Sixth Annual ASMEA Conference in Washington, D.C. held November 21 – 23, ...    read more 

ASMEA 2013 Roundtable A: “From Kissinger to Kerry: Forty Years of Failed Attempts to Solve the Arab-Israeli Conflict”

Dr. Motti Kedar, Bar-Ilan University Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Drexel University Prof. Ofira Seliktar, Gratz College Mr. Lee Smith, Hudson Institute...    read more 

ASMEA 2013 Roundtable B: “Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Region, and Beyond”

Dr. Matthew Levitt, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Mr. Bilal Y. Saab, Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis Mr. David Schenker, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy...    read more 

ASMEA 2013 Roundtable D: “Revolution, Revolt, and Reform in North Africa”

Prof. Amira Aleya-Sghaier, University of Tunis Prof. Ricardo René Larémont, Binghamton University Prof. Azzedine Layachi, St. John’s University Prof. Emad El-Din Shahin, American University in Cairo Mr. Lotfi Zekraoui, Binghamton University...    read more 

ASMEA 2013 Roundtable E: “Great Power Involvement in the Arab Upheavals”

Prof. Graeme Auton, University of Redlands Prof. Donovan Chau, California State University, San Bernardino Prof. Mark Heller, Tel Aviv University...    read more 

Let’s Give Out Our Own Nobel Prize

The picture on the front page of Saturday’s New York Times was worth a thousand words. Young Pakistani girls, one of them clutching a notebook, were awaiting the news from Oslo. Their heroine, Malala Yousafzai, was in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize. They were to be disappointed. The Organization for the Prohibition of [&hellip...    read more 

No Hollywood Ending to Piracy off Somalia

The Tom Hanks movie "Captain Phillips," which opens Friday, will focus attention — again — on piracy off the coast of Somalia. The movie, in which (spoiler alert) the bad guys get caught, unfortunately might lead you to think that this is a problem that's been solved. After all, since the April 2009 seizure of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, recounted in ...    read more 

Pakistan has Failed to Comply with Counterterrorism Obligations under International Law

Ubi jus ibi officium. This maxim from the Latin, according to which rights involve obligations, is perhaps nowhere more relevant in contemporary international law than when it comes to questions of sovereignty. The privilege that states have to control their internal affairs without external interference is a matter of sovereign right and is reflected in [&h...    read more