Al-Monitor Newsmaker Interviews
Sen. Kaine says Russia can do more to resolve Syria crisis
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.
Kemal Dervis: 'Crisis in Turkey is primarily political'
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.”
Salih Muslim: Syrian coalition does not represent Kurds
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.
Veteran US diplomat tackles Middle East 'mess'
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.
Ya'alon blamed for neglecting Israelis living near Gaza
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.