Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent
Orthodox leader John X tells Al-Monitor that outside powers must stop interfering if the Middle East is to heal.
Friday, Jul. 4, 2014 | Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Contributor
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq speaks about the roots of the crisis in Iraq and stresses the need for a political solution.
Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 | Amberin Zaman , Columnist
Turkey’s main opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu of the Republican People’s Party, says that the Turkish prime minister is bent on provoking war with Syria to divert attention from government corruption.
Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 | Ali Hashem, Columnist
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Abdullah Shalah said, “Our performance from one war to another is getting better. If in 2012 we hit Tel Aviv, I think the enemy can imagine what can be beyond Tel Aviv.”
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel
US Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, discusses US policy toward the Middle East with Al-Monitor.
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 | Riada Ašimović Akyol, Contributor
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Turkey’s former Minister of Economic Affairs Kemal Dervis asserts, “The perception of the independence of the Central Bank has been shaken.”
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg, Columnist
In exclusive remarks to Al-Monitor, Salih Muslim, the chairman of the Democratic Union Party, said that Syria's Kurds should be better recognized in the Geneva negotiations.
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
In her first interview since confirmation as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Anne Patterson tells Al-Monitor that it’s too soon to judge the Geneva II talks, that a breakthrough on Iran or Israeli-Palestinian peace could have profound implications and that US officials are daily reassuring Saudi Arabia about the US-Saudi relationship.
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist
Heads of localities in southern Israel near Gaza blame Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon for neglecting their security, following decision to cut back the defense budget despite the turmoil in the Sinai Peninsula.
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
In an exclusive interview, veteran Syrian opposition figure Michel Kilo tells Al-Monitor, "If Walid Moallem will talk about terrorism, he will receive a true lecture about terrorists."
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he hopes "that the United States would mend its relationship with Israel."
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, says Congress should pass further sanctions on Iran.
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Ali Al-Moussawi, top media adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, discusses the Geneva II Syria conference and Iraqi-Turkish relations.
Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 | Walaa Hussein, Contributor
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, the head of the Egyptian Salafist Al-Nour Party, discusses the mistakes of the Muslim Brotherhood and the upcoming elections.
Monday, Sep. 30, 2013 | Tulin Daloglu, Columnist
Iran's ambassador in Ankara, Alireza Bikdeli, says if the Iranian and Turkish differences on Syria were between two other countries, it would have led to serious problems.
Monday, Sep. 23, 2013 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist
Yariv Levin, chairman of the governing coalition, has warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the political price he would pay for striking a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013 | Denis Simonneau, Contributor
Hubert Vedrine, a former French minister for foreign affairs, talks to Al-Monitor about the Syrian crisis.
Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 | Akiva Eldar, Columnist
After years of involvement in the Middle East, Norwegian Ambassador to Israel Svein Sevje is concerned that he is more worried about the future of Israel than Israelis are.
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 | Adnan Abu Amer, Contributor
In an exclusive interview, senior Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader Ali al-Bayanouni says, "There is no room for a political solution" with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist
Former Labor Minister Moshe Shahal, who chaired the Prisoner Release Committee in the Rabin government, criticizes the decision to release prisoners instead of freezing the construction in the West Bank.
Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 | Akiva Eldar, Columnist
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Ellison says, “If the United States had direct negotiations with Iran, the first item should be stopping the bloodshed in Syria.”
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist
The chairman of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, Aryeh Deri, is working closely with left-wing and Arab parties, creating an unexpected but efficient opposition.
Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 | Akiva Eldar, Columnist
Retired Israeli Ambassador Yaakov Levy has sharply criticized Israel’s policy on Europe, a warning to Jerusalem that it had better examine its actions.
Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
Eliot Engel, ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, discusses sanctions on Iran, his support for missile strikes against Syrian airfields and the need to maintain US military assistance to Egypt.
Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
Mike Rogers, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman, says claims of Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani’s moderation are more marketing than reality.
Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 | Adnan Abu Amer, Contributor
The deputy leader of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, Zaki Bani Arshid, warns in an exclusive interview that Egypt's crisis will have a "great effect" on Jordan.
Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
Buck McKeon, Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says the military’s intervention in Egypt was the right thing to put Egypt’s democratic transition back on track.
Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist
In an Al-Monitor interview, Peace Now chair Yariv Oppenheimer says the Israeli public must force Netanyahu ''to take a historic step forward" and implement the vision of a two-state solution.
Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2013 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin says only increased US support for vetted rebel groups can level the Syrian playing field and allow for a political settlement.
Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
Congressman Peter King of New York discusses US policy toward Syria and the Middle East.
Wednesday, May. 29, 2013 | Lena Odgaard, Contributor
Hamas government official Ihab al-Ghussein denies in an interview that his movement is imposing Islamic law on the Gaza Strip.
Tuesday, May. 28, 2013 | Adnan Abu Amer, Contributor
In an exclusive written interview, jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti warns that the alternative to a two-state solution is a conflict "with no middle ground."
Thursday, May. 16, 2013 | Adnan Abu Amer, Contributor
In an interview, Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Rashad al-Bayoumi addressed Egyptian-US relations, Egypt's economy and President Morsi's position on the Syrian crisis.
Wednesday, May. 15, 2013 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
Representative Christopher Van Hollen, ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, discusses the Middle East in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor.
Tuesday, May. 7, 2013 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, tells Barbara Slavin that the US should encourage Arab allies to provide the weapons needed to help rebels oust the Syrian government.
Friday, May. 3, 2013 | Adnan Abu Amer, Contributor
In an exclusive telephone interview with Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor, Khaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas's political bureau, spoke about US efforts to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and more.
Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Iran's minister of economic affairs and finance puts a positive spin on a sanctions-burdened economy and says he welcomes more "people-to-people" ties with the United States.
Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013 | Ali Abel Sadah, Contributor
Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi criticizes Baghdad’s support for Syrian President Assad's regime, and notes that Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki could resort to using military force against demonstrators.
Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu discusses regional developments in an exclusive interview with Mustafa Akyol.
Monday, Apr. 8, 2013 | Tulin Daloglu, Columnist
Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor comments on Israel’s relations with Turkey on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Tulin Daloglu reports from Jerusalem.
Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013 | Shlomi Eldar, Columnist
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, the deputy foreign minister of the Hamas government, Dr. Ghazi Hamad, explains the far-reaching change in attitudes under way in his movement and the unchanged approach of not recognizing Israel.
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013 | Abdel Hamid Zebari, Contributor
The Kurdistan Regional Government’s reconstruction minister talks about the ministry’s plans to revitalize the housing sector and notes that the region’s problems with Baghdad center on budget allocations, writes Abdel Hamid Zebari.
Thursday, Mar. 14, 2013 | Shlomi Eldar, Columnist
In an interview with Shlomi Eldar, senior Fatah member Dr. Sufian Abu Zaida reveals that he isn’t placing much hope in the US president’s visit — or in the new Israeli government, for that matter.
Friday, Mar. 8, 2013 | Cengiz Çandar, Columnist
Cengiz Çandar talks with Sheikh Moaz al-Khatib, leader of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, about the roles and interests of the United States, Russia and Iran in Syria and his efforts to arrive at a solution to the crisis.
Friday, Mar. 1, 2013 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist
In an interview with Mazal Mualem, former Shin Bet Deputy Director Israel Hasson accuses Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of treating the Palestinian Authority chairman disgracefully, while acknowledging that Abu Mazen also made mistakes.
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 | Abeer Ayyoub, Columnist
Salah Bardawil, senior Hamas leader and member of parliament, in an exclusive interview with Abeer Ayyoub, warns that if President Barack Obama visits the al-Aqsa Mosque with Israeli security, "it will result in the biggest political disaster in the history of Palestinian-American relations."
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist
Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi, in an exclusive interview with Mazal Mualem, says that while there is a general consensus opposing an "armed intifada" by Palestinians, the situation is explosive and will deteriorate without diplomatic measures.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist
Former Defense Minister Moshe Arens, in an interview with Mazal Mualem, criticizes Prime Minister Benjamin Netantahu's decision to ask Tzipi Livni to join his government, while praising Netnayahu's handling of Iran.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 | Shlomi Eldar, Columnist
Rifaat Turk, Israel’s first Arab soccer superstar, who paved the way for dozens of Arab players, tells Shlomi Eldar about the racism and challenges he has faced.
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 | Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Contributor
In an interview with Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad describes the intricate regional and internal factors affecting his job, and what the future holds for Iraq’s national security.
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist
Knesset member Mohammad Barakeh, leader of the bi-national party Hadash, explains to Mazal Mualem why the most social justice-oriented party in Israel did not benefit from the fruits of Israel’s social-protest movement, and points an accusing finger at the government and the media for ignoring Israel's Arab citizens.
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 | Akiva Eldar, Columnist
In an interview with Akiva Eldar, Marwan Muasher, Jordan’s former foreign minister and its first ambassador to Israel, warns that the failure of the Arab peace initiative will signal the end of the “two-state” paradigm.
Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist
Dan Meridor, a former "prince” of the Likud Party, comments to Mazal Mualem on the right-wing turn in the Likud Party and his doubts regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ability to lead an important diplomatic process.
Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 | Ali Hashem, Columnist
In an exclusive interview with Ali Hashem, the widow of slain Tunisian opposition politician Chokri Belaid holds the Tunisian government "politically accountable" for his murder.
Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 | Mazal Mualem, Columnist
Departing Likud Minister Dan Meridor tells Mazal Mualem about the squandered diplomatic opportunities with the Palestinians, and how the struggle with Iran will shape the Middle East.
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 | Antoun Issa, News Editor
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor from his office in Damascus, Ali Haidar, Syria's minister of national reconciliation, said that President Assad’s Jan. 6 speech constitutes "a step forward toward solving the crisis” and that Turkey's “role is based upon a sectarian position, and they are supporting some of the Syrian people at the expense of others.”
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Former US State Department official Fred Hof called for US military assistance to depose Syrian President Assad and praised the new Syrian opposition group, while noting that the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra “terrifies” many Syrians, Barbara Slavin reports from Washington.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
In an exclusive interview in Washington with Al-Monitor's Barbara Slavin, former interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril describes Libya as a "stateless society" requiring assistance from the United States and other Western nations to begin a national dialogue among its disparate factions and to stabilize the country.
Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 | Sophie Claudet, Contributor
Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi told Sophie Claudet in an interview that renewed protests against the Iranian government are imminent and that the opposition is working behind the scenes even if the state's crackdown has kept it off the streets. She also gave her views on Iran’s nuclear program, Iranian politics, sanctions and the Arab revolutions.
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, former Israeli spy chief Efraim Halevy said Israel and the US must engage in a dialogue with Iran to understand how their adversaries think, a position rarely heard from top Israeli officials. He faulted Republican candidate Mitt Romney for making US policy toward Iran an issue in the presidential election.
Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 | Sophie Claudet, Contributor
Qatar has set up a fund to support enterprises in France’s underdeveloped areas, a move some speculate aims to interfere in French politics or propagate Qatar’s orthodox brand of Islam. Al-Monitor's Sophie Claudet met with Qatar's ambassador to discuss France, the rise of Islamism in Arab Spring countries, Syria and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 | Cale Salih, Contributor
Egyptian diplomat Amr Moussa tells Al-Monitor's Cale Salih in an exclusive interview that although strong US-Egypt relations are in the best interests of his country, he hopes Egypt will find itself in a position to say no to the US when necessary. Moussa also defended President Morsi, his one-time foe, praising his achievements in office.
Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Gebran Bassil, Lebanon’s minister of energy and water, said he welcomes US involvement in the emerging energy opportunities in Lebanon and hopes the US will decide to become a “real player” in the Eastern Mediterranean. Bassil said American companies already are among those who have invested in the discoveries.
Saturday, Sep. 29, 2012 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, who rarely speaks to the Western press, cast violence in Syria as a war against Salafi terrorists backed by predominantly Sunni Arab nations. "If ending the violence was in the hands of the Syrian government, then I assure you we would have ended it yesterday," Moallem said.
Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
US Sen. Joseph Lieberman, in a wide ranging discussion of US policy in the Middle East, said the US should “stick with” the peace process and seek at least “a partial agreement” between Israel and Palestinians, adding he is “not seeking any position in whatever administration is elected,” although he would give any offer “serious consideration.”
Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012 | Sophie Claudet, Contributor
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki speaks to Al-Monitor's Sophie Claudet just days after the US embassy in Tunis was stormed by Salafists. Marzouki said more could have been done to prevent the attack. He also acknowledged the rise and danger of Salafists, but said that force will not solve the problem of radical Islam.
Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor’s Andrew Parasiliti, Kurdistan leader Barham Salih warned, “let’s not repeat the mishaps of the Iraq transition” in planning for a post-Assad Syria, and said that the “Iraqi political crisis is far from over,” and compared threats to cut the Kurdistan Region’s share of the Iraqi budget to the tactics of Saddam Hussein.
Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012 | Farea al-Muslimi
Mohammed Ali Ahmed, a former South Yemeni leader who recently returned from exile, survived an assassination attempt on September 10. Al-Monitor's Farea al-Muslimi interviewed Ahmed, who rarely speaks and remains mostly in seclusion, earlier this summer on topics ranging from al-Qaeda to South Yemen’s prospects for independence.
Monday, Sep. 10, 2012 | Andrew Parasiliti, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Monitor
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor's Andrew Parasiliti, Ali Aldabbagh, spokesman for the government of Iraq, said that Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi is "connected directly to groups who ... performed terrorism," but could appeal his death sentence with a "full guarantee of protection" if he returned to Iraq.
Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor's Barbara Slavin, Iran Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear installations would be "suicidal." The former chief Iranian nuclear negotiator also denied allegations that Iran has used a site called Parchin for nuclear work.
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
In an interview with Al-Monitor's Barbara Slavin on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi praised the presence of Egypt President Mohammed Morsi after decades of Iranian-Egyptian estrangement.
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel
Part of Israel's motivation for being so public about a possible attack on Iran is to prepare Israelis and the rest of the world for an actual attack, said Mideast troubleshooter Dennis Ross in an interview with Al-Monitor's Laura Rozen. The rhetoric isn't just a bluff, but that doesn't mean there's a day-after strategy.
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Colin Kahl told Al-Monitor's Laura Rozen that he takes the signs that Israeli leaders are contemplating a fall strike on Iran “very seriously.” He said there is clearly a crescendo emerging and "Israeli leadership is building a case that they can trust no one but themselves on this issue." Read the full interview.
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel
In an exit interview, departing US Iraq envoy James Jeffrey tells Al-Monitor's Laura Rozen how negotiations for a US follow-on force in Iraq ran aground, about prospects for diplomacy with Iran and how the Obama and Bush administrations are alike in their policies to Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan in many respects.
Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Syria's president will answer for his crimes, but now isn't the time to refer him to the International Criminal Court, says the head of the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice. In an interview with Barbara Slavin hours after Assad’s brother-in-law and defense minister died in a bomb blast, he said that Syria would try Assad itself.
Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel
EXCLUSIVE: Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations said that Iran will not "initiate any provocative steps" with the West despite the imposition of draconian sanctions, in a wide-ranging interview with Al-Monitor's Laura Rozen and Barbara Slavin. He also described recent nuclear talks as tentative and vague. Read more from the conversation.
Friday, Jun. 29, 2012 | Sophie Claudet, Contributor
On the tenth anniverary of the the Israeli West Bank wall, both the United Nations and the leading Israeli rights NGO B'Tselem, estimate that once completed, only 15% of the barrier will actually be on the Green Line while 85% will encroach into the West Bank. Listen to Al-Monitor’s interview with B'Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli.
Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Yasar Yakis, Turkey's Former Foreign Minister, said the situation between Turkey and Syria could get worse if Assad falls because chaos will hit Syria first and Turkey second, in an interview with Al-Monitor's Barbara Slavin. He went so far as to say that the Syrian shoot-down of a Turkish plane could could lead to more communication.
Friday, Jun. 15, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel
Colin Kahl, a former Obama Defense Department official, tells Al-Monitor's Laura Rozen why the Iran nuclear talks in Moscow scheduled for next week should not be make-or-break for the West. He explains why Iran doesn’t take Israel’s threat of force seriously, and why it may be time for the US to give a little in order to resolve broader concerns.
Thursday, Jun. 14, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Brent Scowcroft, a veteran Republican voice on US foreign policy, said the US “isn’t smart enough” to solve the Syria crisis and that intervening in Egypt "will create more problems in the long run” in an interview with Al-Monitor's Barbara Slavin, indirectly criticizing hawkish advisers to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
In an interview with Al-Monitor's Barbara Slavin, Richard Williamson, a foreign-policy adviser to Mitt Romney, says the US should be willing to intervene in Syria as Clinton did in Kosovo. He also demanded that Iran cease all uranium enrichment and said the US should be more loyal to Israel, which he said Obama has thrown "under the bus."
Monday, Jun. 4, 2012 | Sophie Claudet, Contributor
Al-Monitor's Sophie Claudet sat down with Tawakul Karman, the 2011 Nobel Prize Peace winner who became the face of Yemen’s Arab Spring, at Brookings’ US-Islamic World Forum in Doha. The passionate yet remarkably humble 33-year-old journalist and activist spoke of her hopes for her country and the revolution.
Tuesday, May. 22, 2012 | Sophie Claudet, Contributor
Mona Makram-Ebeid, a former member of the Egyptian parliament, belongs to Egypt’s 10 million-strong Coptic minority. She supports one of the front-runners for the presidency, Amr Moussa, and tells Al-Monitor's Sophie Claudet in an interview that she fears an Islamist win "not only for the Copts, but for the liberals, the seculars, for everybody."
Monday, May. 21, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel
In an interview with Al-Monitor's Laura Rozen, Iran Economy Minister Shamseddin Hosseini said that Iran looks to make progress at upcoming talks and encouraged the West to continue negotiating with Khamenei's representatives. He warned that energy sanctions could hurt the economies of those imposing thems more than Tehran.
Friday, May. 11, 2012 | Ben Gilbert
Nadine Labaki directs and stars in her new film, “Where Do We Go Now.” It opened last year in Lebanon to perhaps the greatest buzz in the country’s recent cinematic history. Screenings were sold out across the country. Theatergoers had to buy tickets days in advance for evening screenings. One major mall showed the film in two theaters, and even then, the screenings were still sold...
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel
Qubad Talabani, the longtime Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) envoy to Washington, will move to Kurdistan this summer after a twelve-year run representing Iraqi Kurdistan here that has seen the US invasion and withdrawal from Iraq, Laura Rozen reports.
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 | Sophie Claudet, Contributor
As hundreds of Palestinians jailed in Israel go on hunger strike to mark "Prisoners' Day" on April 17, Al-Monitor talks to Mustafa Barghouti, an MP, the leader of Al-Mubadara and a long-time advocate of civil resistance about the effectiveness of the non-violent movement. Are boycotts working? Will Hamas renounce the armed struggle? And is a two-state solution possible?
Monday, Apr. 9, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns is deeply engaged on Middle Eastern issues, in particular the challenges and opportunities of the Arab Spring. In an interview with Al-Monitor's Barbara Slavin, Burns called the Egyptian Revolution "a moment of opportunity."
Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Peter Beinart, the author of "The Crisis of Zionism," spoke with Al-Monitor's Barbara Slavin, warning that Israel is “sleepwalking to a one-state solution." He suggests slowing settlement expansion through a boycott of products from Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the funding of Jewish education for American Jews.
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Al-Monitor correspondent Barbara Slavin interviews Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg, who has become a major figure in the debate over whether and when Israel might attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. Goldberg recently became embroiled in a Twitter duel with blogger Peter Beinart over the wisdom of boycotting products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Monday, Mar. 12, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
The co-Chair of Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board and former Senator talks to Al Monitor Washington correspondent Barbara Slavin about scenarios that could prod Israel to act on Iran, the GOP candidates' obsession with threats to bomb Iran, Assad’s inevitable fall and Obama's plans on Mideast peace.
Sunday, Mar. 4, 2012 | William Cohen
Al-Monitor speaks to former Secretary of Defense William Cohen.
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 | Sophie Claudet, Contributor
The UN-backed independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria released a report Thursday accusing Syrian armed and security forces of crimes against humanity. The report, documenting human rights violations since the beginning of the Syria uprising in March 2011, also accused armed opposition groups of serious violations. Al Monitor interviewed the panel’s chairman, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, about the report.
Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Al-Monitor Washington correspondent Barbara Slavin recently interviewed former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former State Department policy planning chief Anne-Marie Slaughter about the challenges facing the United States in the Middle East during this U.S. presidential election year. Excerpts from those interviews follow: