News and Analysis (11/19/07)

With little preparation and big expectations, the Bush administration is trying to get key players in Palestinian-Israeli conflict to begin first-round of “final status” talks at the upcoming one day-long Annapolis conference:

Turkish human rights researcher Didem Cakmakli finds that long-term solutions of political representation and economic development, not military retaliation, is ultimately the best solution for ending political violence with Turkish Kurds and watering down support for extremists like the PKK:

Emasculated of its independence, the new Supreme Court bench under Musharraf dismisses five out of six challenges to the general’s farce re-election while singer and Pakistani political activist Salman Ahmad finds that a strong civil society, “would provide stability and a powerful institutional deterrent against violence and extremism. It is the best hope for discouraging future political and military actors from grabbing power unilaterally.”

Hezbollah seeks to enhance its standing among Lebanese Shi’a not only through military posturing, but large-scale reconstruction of neighborhoods after last year’s war with Israel:


Alejandro Beutel is program assistant for the Minaret of Freedom Institute with expertise in religious freedom, democratization and security issues.

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