Tag Archives: Middle East

Council on Foreign Relations: The President’s Inbox Podcast with Amb. Frank Wisner

Former US Ambassador Frank G. Wisner‘s distinguished diplomatic career spans four decades and eight American presidents. He served as ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines, and India. In addition to his role as ambassador to four countries, he served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and as Under Secretary of State for International Security … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US & European Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – June 9, 2020

The US Congress is moving urgently to formulate new legislation that goes to the heart of the current policy debate in America, and it has nothing to do with coronavirus. Instead, the focus of Congress’ current short-term agenda is police reform, calls for which have surged across the nation in the wake of the universally … Continue Reading

Senate May Confirm Tillerson This Week; President Trump Spoke Last Week with Foreign Leaders, Including Russian President Putin; U.K. Prime Minister Visited Washington

The U.S. Congress is in session this week; the Senate is expected to vote on Mr. Rex Tillerson’s nomination to be Secretary of State. Nikki Haley was sworn in last week to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Gen. James Mattis was also sworn in as the next U.S. Secretary of Defense. Last … Continue Reading

Senate to Consider Measures on Sexual Assault in the Military and Blocking Cuts to Veterans’ Pensions; Congressional Turnover and Appointments

Defense Legislative Branch Activity Congress This week, the Senate is expected to focus on legislative measures that address sexual assault in the military and blocking a cut to veterans’ pensions. Congressional Turnover After more than two decades in the House of Representatives, House Armed Services Committee Member Robert Andrews (D-New Jersey)  announced on Tuesday that he will resign … Continue Reading

President Obama Addresses the U.N. General Assembly

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Syria Last Thursday, September 26, the five permanent members of the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council finalized a resolution that stipulates the Syrian government must abide by the terms or the Security Council will take measures under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter. Such measures could include economic sanctions or military … Continue Reading

Debate Continues on Syrian Chemical Weapons; House Releases Stopgap Measure on Government Funding; ICBM Sites Proposed; AFRICOM Headquarter Location Reviewed

Executive and LEGISLATIVE Branch ACTIVITY Syria Last week, the Russian Government acted on Secretary of State John Kerry’s Monday, September 9 suggestion that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avert a U.S. strike if he were to turn over all chemical weapon stockpiles to international control. President Assad said he would accept the Russian four-point plan … Continue Reading

Obama Encourages Egyptian Leaders to Engage in Dialogue; Authorization of Military Aid to Syria Blocked; Negotiators Meet for First Round TTIP

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Egypt Last week, the Obama Administration dealt with possible U.S. legal ramifications connected to the Egyptian military’s intervention on July 3 that led to the removal of Mohamed Morsi as the President of Egypt, specifically whether the intervention should be classified as a coup d’état. President Obama encouraged all political, … Continue Reading