Qatar’s Amir Completes a Year: Guest Note by Mike Holtzman



This is a guest note by Mike Holtzman.  Holtzman served in the US State Department under Colin Powell, as Director of Public Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations, and as an advisor to Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Bid.   Today marks the first anniversary of the ascension of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as Amir of the State of Qatar. While it has been a year of rapid growth and development for the tiny, oil-rich nation. it also has been…

Guest Note: If the Two-State Solution Fails?



This is a guest note by Edward Delman, content coordinator at AtlanticLIVE, the events division of The Atlantic. The latest iteration of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has collapsed, arguably with the biggest of whimpers. After weeks of delays in prisoner releases, moves to join international organizations, the announcement of further settlement construction, and a potential reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, the negotiations have been called off due to an Israeli government that was unwilling to budge from its established line, according to U.S. officials….