Month: January 2011

  • News and Analysis (1/31/11)

    “The military command, which may be keener to preserve a 60-year-old system of army-backed government than to prolong the personal rule of the 82-year-old Mubarak, issued a statement on Monday calling protesters’ demands ‘legitimate’”: Army Endorses Egyptians’ Right to Protest (Reuters) Mohamed Nimmer offderes advice to Western leaders on how to avoid a repeat of […]

  • Decision Making at a Crossroads of History: The Test to Western Leaders

    Decision Making at a Crossroads of History: The Test to Western Leaders U.S. policy failures in the Arab and Muslim worlds are matched by instances of change in Muslim-majority countries that have taken Western leaders by surprise. Yet, in the most recent surprises, the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, the most powerful Western leader, President […]

  • News and Analysis (1/29/11)

    As Mubarak insists on staying in power … Mubarak Forces Government to Resign; Obama Urges Him to Deliver on Promises (Washington Post) … and sends a message by naming his security chief VP (the first in his tenure as President) … Mubarak Names Party Insider Omar Suleiman as New Vice President of Egypt (LA Times) […]

  • News and Analysis (1/27/11)

    As protesters persist despite police crackdown, ElBaradei returns to Egypt and demonstrations spread to Yemen and Gabon: Protests in Egypt – Live Updates (Guardian) Egypt Unrest Enters Third Day, ElBaradei to Return (Reuters) Egypt Stocks Down, Protester Morale Up as They Prepare for Friday (Christian Science Monitor) Egypt Ruling Party Offers No Concessions (abcnews) Yemen […]

  • News and Analysis (1/26/10)

    Is Egypt following in Tunisia’s footsteps? Unprecedented Anti-government Protests Rock Egypt (Reuters) Egypt Protesters Want Freedom, but Can They Organize to Get It? (Christian Science Monitor) Egypt Denies Clampdown on Twitter and Facebook (BBC) Egypt Protests: ‘We Ran a Gauntlet of Officers Beating Us with Sticks’ (Guardian) Will Egypt’s Protests Go the Way of Tunisia’s […]

  • Natural Law and Sharia

    My paper on “Natural Law and Sharia” has been accepted for publication in the proceedings of the 2009 IIIT Summer Institute on “Contemporary Approaches to Qur’an and Sunnah.’  The Introduction is reprinted below and a preprint of the entire paper is available at On Natural Law and Shari`ah a paper delivered August 3, 2009 […]

  • News and Analysis (1/24/11)

    To the distress of the Palestinian Authority, Al-Jazeera claims to have “more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations”… Introducing the Palestine Papers (Al-Jazeera) … that show “that Palestinian negotiators offered far-reaching concessions on borders and Jerusalem in 2008, but that their Israeli counterparts balked”: How Leaked Palestinian Documents Will Affect Abbas, […]

  • The Tunisian Uprising and U.S. Relations with the Muslim World

    The Tunisians uprising that began last month has already forced the country’s president out of office and lead to the formation of an interim government designed to oversee a new election. A panel discussion presented as part of American University’s “Washington Semester” program addressed such questions as:  Will this expression of people power yield the […]

  • News and Analysis (1/20/11)

    “At the RCD headquarters, workmen were removing the large plaque from the outside of the building bearing the party’s name…. A mustachioed military officer whose unit was guarding the building told the crowd: “Translate this as you wish: the RCD is going away:” Police Fire Shots to Disperse New Tunis Protest (Reuters) It “has traditionally […]

  • News and Analysis (1/19/11)

    King Abdullah warns “that the crisis could lead to the “partition” of Lebanon”: Hariri Tribunal: Saudi Arabia Quits Lebanon Mediation (BBC) The American judge tells “the government that it should make arrangements to allow Mohamed to return before the end of this week unless it could produce evidence against him”: American Muslim Stranded in Kuwait […]

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