• Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    House and Senate Introduce Resolutions Disapproving the UNSC Resolution on Israeli Settlements

    Jan 6, 2017

    On January 5, 2017, the US House of Representatives, by a vote of 342-80, passed HRes11, a non-binding resolution objecting to the United Nations Security Coun…

  • Policy Analysis

    Recalculating Route: America and Israel on Divergent Paths

    Jan 3, 2017Yousef Munayyer

    In May 2016, I wrote that the Obama Administration should carefully weigh options for how to address the Israeli/Palestinian issue during its last months in of…

  • Policy Analysis

    UN Security Council Passes Resolution Against Israeli Settlements

    Dec 23, 2016

    On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, Egypt circulated a draft resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlements and demanding Israel to “immediately and complet…

  • Policy Analysis

    Breaking Ground in Jerusalem

    Dec 22, 2016Yousef Munayyer

    Some things are utterly predictable. The sun will always rise in the east, rain will always be wet, and US presidential candidates who promise to move the Amer…

  • Policy Analysis

    Trump’s “Ultimate Deal” on Palestine/Israel

    Dec 8, 2016Tamara Kharroub

    In the first interview after his election victory, Donald J. Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he wants to broker a deal between Israel and the Palestini…

  • Policy Analysis

    The “Incredible” John Kerry: Ineffectiveness and Inconsistency

    Dec 8, 2016Yousef Munayyer

    It was painful to watch. Secretary of State John Kerry trying to explain and defend American foreign policy in the Middle East is such an uncomfortable sight. …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranReligion and Politics

    Congressional Update – October 28, 2016

    Oct 28, 2016

    I. JASTA Update:The 28 Senators who sent a letter expressing concern over the Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism legislation (JASTA) – after having voted fo…

  • Policy Analysis

    Colombia Peace Talks: Lessons for Palestine Policy

    Oct 13, 2016Yousef Munayyer

    After four years of painstaking negotiations, the 52-year war in Colombia between the government and rebels looked like it was coming to an end. Then, in one d…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    Congressional Update – September 30, 2016

    Sep 30, 2016

    I. Congress Overrides Presidential Veto to the Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)On Friday, September 23 President Obama sent his veto message f…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – September 23, 2016

    Sep 23, 2016

    Despite several pressing issues, such as the need to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) by September 30, Congress is determined to press the Obama Administratio…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update

    Sep 22, 2016

    Despite several pressing issues, such as the need to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) by September 30, Congress is determined to press the Obama Administratio…

  • Policy Analysis

    New US-Israeli Military Aid Package Reflects Shifts in Relationship

    Sep 15, 2016Yousef Munayyer

    On September 14, 2016 the United States and Israel signed a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on military aid, which replaces a previous MOU set to…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    Congressional Update

    Jul 20, 2016

    Note: Congress has adjourned for an extended August recess and will return on September 6.  Weekly congressional updates will be provided as needed and regular…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranUS Foreign Policy

    Congressional Update

    Jul 12, 2016

    Note:  Congress will adjourn on July 18 for an extended summer recess and will not return to session until September 6. Members will attend the Republican and …

  • Policy Analysis

    The Week that Cut Turkey’s Ambitions Down to Size

    Jul 7, 2016Yousef Munayyer

    Although signs of policy adjustment have been in the works for several months, the events of June 2016 were an emphatic marker of a shift in Turkey’s foreign p…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update

    Jun 24, 2016

    The House abruptly adjourned on June 22 amid chaos when Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor disrupting proceedings.  Led by civil rights icon Represen…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Congressional Update – The Relationship between Israel and the Palestinians

    Jun 15, 2016

    On June 14 the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, S2943, by a vote of 85-13.  The vote occurred after a compromise manager’s amendment by Se…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantProtests and Activism

    Congressional Update – Combatting BDS Act

    Jun 15, 2016

    On June 14 the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, S2943, by a vote of 85-13.  The vote occurred after a compromise manager’s amendment by Se…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantProtests and Activism

    Congressional Update – Combatting BDS Act of 2016

    Jun 6, 2016

    On Monday, June 6 the Senate began consideration of the FY 2017 Defense Authorization bill, S2943. Senators are expected to consider nearly 100 amendments to t…

  • Policy Analysis

    Assessing the Potential Impact of the Paris Peace Conference: Vive la France or Forget Paris?

    Jun 4, 2016Yousef Munayyer

    One hundred years after the Sykes-Picot agreement, international stakeholders met in Paris on June 3 to discuss the outlines of an Israeli-Palestinian peace pl…

  • Policy Analysis

    Lessons of Israel’s Political Shuffle

    May 20, 2016Yousef Munayyer

    The latest political move by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is significant on many fronts. Yesterday the news was reported that Netanyahu had offere…

  • Policy Analysis

    Navigating Pitfalls and Opportunities: Obama’s Parting Shot on Israel/Palestine

    May 17, 2016Yousef Munayyer

     President Obama, who gave his first interview to Al-Arabiya in 2009 and spoke again few months later in his Cairo address about Palestinian aspirations, …

  • Policy Analysis

    The Paris Initiative and US Middle East Policy: Paving the Way for the 4th Intifada – Why justice is the only roadmap to peace

    May 16, 2016Tamara Kharroub

     In the middle of the US presidential election season, France has elected to take the opportunity and break the US monopoly over the Middle East peace pro…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMedia and Technology

    Congressional Update

    May 13, 2016Roxanne Perugino

    I. PalestinePalestinian Children’s’ Rights. On April 28, 2016, Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) circulated a letter to her colleagues urging Preside…

  • Policy Analysis

    The Coming Change in US-Israel Relations

    May 10, 2016Yousef Munayyer

    The discussion on Israel at the most recent Democratic presidential debate is but the latest benchmark in progress down a road on which the American people hav…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LebanonReligion and Politics

    Congressional Update

    Apr 29, 2016

     Note:  Congress will recess at the end of the week.  The House will return on Tuesday, May 10, the Senate will return on Monday, May 9. The next Congress…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – March 23, 2016

    Mar 23, 2016

    Note:  Congress has adjourned for the Easter break.  The Senate will return to session on Monday, April 4. The House is scheduled to return to session on Tuesd…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Congressional Update – March 11, 2016

    Mar 11, 2016

    1. IsraelUS-Israel Economic Relationship: On March 1, Senators David Perdue (R-Georgia), Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Chris Coons (D-Delaware) introduced SRes 38…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – January 20th, 2016

    Jan 20, 2016Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino

  • Policy Analysis

    The Dynamics of Israeli Settler Terrorism and US Options

    Sep 15, 2015Yousef Munayyer

    IntroductionOn July 31, 2015, Palestinian homes in the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank were set on fire at night by masked assailants who left behind…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Palestine/IsraelProtests and Activism

    The War against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

    Jun 22, 2015Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    The Supreme Court Decision on Jerusalem

    Jun 9, 2015Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino