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On Thursday November 21, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations convened a hearing titled, “Political, Economic, and Security Situation in Africa.” Despite its title, the hearing focused on the North African states of Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, and Morocco, and U.S. policy towards these nations. The hearing’s first panel convened three government officials from the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and USAID, while the second panel consisted of three NGO and think tank...

This post extracts key trends and information from the Middle East and North Africa portion of the 2012 Foreign Military Training Report, which details United States military and police training activities around the world.

The top recipients of U.S. training in 2012 – Lebanon and the Gulf States:

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Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the Middle East and North Africa over the last week:

Egypt:

  • In an interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper, Egypt’s Defense Minister General Abdul-Fatah Al-Sisi stated that it would unwise for Egypt to significantly alter its relationship with the United States. In the same interview, Gen. Sisi refused to confirm or deny his intention to run for Egypt’s
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Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the Middle East and North Africa over the last week:

Egypt:

  • According to Amnesty International, the Iraqi government executed 42 individuals in two days last week because they were convicted under an Anti Terrorism Law adopted in 2005. In response to these executions, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) urged the Iraqi government to immediately stop all future executions, describing them as "obscene and inhumane." The United Nation’s Assistance Mission in Iraq
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Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the Middle East and North Africa over the last week:

Egypt:

  • Egyptian police arrested 55 students from al-Azhar University as anti-military protestors clashed with security forces at the university on Sunday. Reuters 
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