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Turkey’s Erdogan begins search for new Premier

Washington Post

Incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the country’s first popularly elected president in a historic vote. A three-term prime minister who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade, Erdogan has been a divisive figure.


27 maps that explain the crisis in Iraq

Zack Beauchamp, Max Fisher, Dylan Matthews / Vox

The conflict has roots in Iraq’s complicated history, its religious and ethnic divisions, and of course in the Iraq War that began with the 2003 US-led invasion. These 27 maps are a rough guide to today’s crisis and the deeper forces behind it.


Iraq President names Deputy Speaker new PM

Sameer Yacoub, Vivian Salama / Associated Press

Iraq’s new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in the government as country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north.


Ukraine shelling sparks Donetsk jailbreak


Five artillery shells hit a high-security prison on the outskirts of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine last night, sparking a riot in which 106 inmates escaped.


U.S. to monitor South China Sea, talks with Australia on regional defense

Lesley Wroughton / Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Sydney for a meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Australian officials to discuss increased defense and cyber security cooperation.


U.S. airstrikes bring early gains in Iraq

Kelly Kennedy / USA Today

A series of U.S. airstrikes Sunday against militants in Iraq appeared to back up President Obama’s promise of targeted attacks that could continue for months.


Egypt’s President on first visit to Saudi Arabia

Associated Press

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met late Sunday in Saudi Arabia with one of his strongest international supporters, King Abdullah, to talk about key security issues impacting the region.


Ukraine threatens oil and gas cut-off in Russia sanctions

Daria Marchak, Volodymyr Verbyany / Bloomberg

Ukraine threatened to block Russian oil and gas supplies to Europe in new sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s government, which it blames for a separatist uprising that has ravaged the country’s east.


Cementing peace in the Middle East

Tara Sonenshine / The Hill

The key to ending the current conflict between Israel and Gaza may lie, literally and figuratively, in the cement trucks that carry building materials across borders.


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Dan Day
Africa is home to 7 of the 10 fastest growing economies. If the US wants to tap this market, it needs to reauthorize Ex-Im’s charter come September 30.


21st Century U.S.-Egypt Relations – A Strategic Conference

American Security Project
On Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 leaders from the public and private sector in both the United States and Egypt joined together in Washington, D.C. to discuss the shifting nature of Egypt on a regional and international focus.



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