What Does the Egyptian Revolution Mean For Palestine?

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This is a guest post by Amjad Atallah, the Executive Consulting Editor for the Palestine Note, where the post originally appeared. He is also Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation and an editor for the Middle East Channel at ForeignPolicy.com. If you live in Washington, DC, the question of what does the Egyptian Revolution mean for Palestine might seem like a strange question. The question du jour here is what does the Egyptian Revolution…

MEDIA NOTICE: Steve Clemons on PBS NewsHour at 6 pm

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Steve Clemons will be on the PBS NewsHour tonight at 6 pm, discussing the ongoing protests and increasingly violent repression in Egypt, as well as discussing the policy implications for the United States of the deteriorating situation. — Andrew Lebovich

Interview with Egyptian Opposition Member Mustafa El-Gindy

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Above is a fascinating and important interview conducted by New America Foundation President Steve Coll and the co-director of New America’s Middle East Task Force Amjad Atallah with Mustafa El-Gindy, a member of the Egypt’s opposition Wafd Party. — Andrew Lebovich

LIVE STREAM at 12:15 pm: Chas Freeman on America’s Misadventures in the Middle East

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Please join the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program/Middle East Task Force TODAY from 12:15 – 1:45 for a discussion with Ambassador Chas. W. Freeman, touching on themes from his new book “America’s Misadventures in the Middle East.” A provocative and often controversial voice, Freeman will describe his unique foreign policy realist orientation, and how he thinks American policy has been ill-suited to the demands of a productive regional equilibrium in the Middle East. Ambassador Freeman will discuss what he…

China’s Musical Mishap?

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When Hu Jintao came to the United States in 2006, his visit was seen in China as less-than-perfect. Hu did not receive a State Dinner or the formality and ceremony that accompany it. His speech was allowed to be interrupted by a member of the Falun Gong–a religious sect that is banned in China. The most telling American blunder, however, was the smallest one. When introducing the Chinese national anthem, the American announcer referred to it as the “the national…

Obama’s New Cuba Travel Rules: This One’s Not Just for Miami

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This is a guest post by Anya Landau French, who directs the New America Foundation/U.S.-Cuba Policy Initiative. This post originally appeared at The Havana Note. Just how significant are the new rules announced by the Obama administration to expand purposeful travel and economic assistance to Cuba? Do they signal a renewed “thaw” in bilateral relations, coming as they did just after diplomatic reports that an American USAID subcontractor detained in Cuba more than a year ago may soon get to…

LIVE STREAM at 12:15 pm: Parag Khanna on How to Run the World

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Please join the New America Foundation and TWN publisher Steve Clemons today from 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm for a discussion of New America Senior Fellow Parag Khanna’s important new book, How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance. If you are in Washington you can RSVP for the event here, and it will stream live here at TWN. — Jordan D’Amato

A Vision in Manama

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This is a guest post written by Matthew M. Reed, a research intern with the New America Foundation/American Strategy Program. The United States has for decades prioritized the Persian Gulf. Eisenhower did so as early as the 1950s; Carter pledged to defend it from foreign attack in 1980; Reagan’s corollary promised to thwart internal threats after the Iran-Iraq War raised alarms; and in the 1990s, Clinton aimed to handicap regional wildcards with “dual containment.” Many reasons for American involvement in…

Wikileaks Dump Includes U.S. Assessment of Cuban Terrorism Threat

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This is a guest post by Anya Landau French, who directs the New America Foundation/U.S.-Cuba Policy Initiative. This post originally appeared at The Havana Note. Taking a page, literally, from the Cuban Triangle, it’s worth beginning this post with this comment from Secretary Clinton: There have been examples in history in which official conduct has been made public in the name of exposing wrongdoings or misdeeds. This is not one of those cases. Maybe no one needs to know that…