Middle East Ticker


In the Ticker, Lawfare collects relevant items from around the Middle East and North Africa. Modeled on Paul Rosenzweig’s “Bits and Bytes” featurette, the Ticker’s goal is to keep readers informed of legally-inflected stories people may have missed from a region that never ceases to provide grist for those interested in tough national security choices.

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Partial Ceasefire Begins in Yemen, Turkey Makes New Push for Gulen Extradition, U.S. Concerned about Potential Offensive in Eastern Syria

Yemen peace talks make progress on key issues, Turkey’s foreign minister says the Trump administration is considering expelling Fethullah Gulen and Turkish troops threaten to push into territory held by U.S.-backed forces.

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Yemen Peace Talks Convene in Sweden, Saudi Arabia Grapples with Reduced Influence in Washington, Egypt Under Renewed Scrutiny for Student’s Death

Yemeni delegates agree to a prisoner exchange, MBS’ lobbying has left him with friends in the White House but not much else, and new attention is given to the perils of academic research in the Middle East.

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Senate to Hear New Testimony on Khashoggi Killing, Yemen Peace Talks Set to Convene, Qatar to Leave OPEC, Netanyahu Faces New Political and Legal Challenge

Mohammed bin Salman’s world tour receives mixed reception, Houthi officials are en route to Sweden for negotiations, Qatar will withdraw from the global oil cartel and Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu on more corruption charges.

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UAE Releases British Student Accused of Spying, Saudi Crown Prince Tries to Boost Image on Regional Tour, Yemen Moves Closer to Peace Talks

The United Arab Emirates pardons Matthew Hedges but defends sentencing him to life in prison, MBS is greeted by protesters in Tunisia, and Yemen peace talks could begin as soon as next week.

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Peace Talks Possible in Yemen, Trump Briefed on Khashoggi Murder, Netanyahu Averts Early Elections

The Houthis and Saudi coalition say they are interested in a ceasefire and negotiations, the Trump administration resists the conclusion that MBS ordered Khashoggi’s killing, and Netanyahu staves off early elections with a weakened coalition.

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U.S. Shifts Support for Saudi Intervention in Yemen, Gaza Clashes Spark Political Crisis in Israel, Trump Administration Eases Pressure over Khashoggi Murder

Saudi forces are closing in on Hodeidah but will no longer receive refueling support from the United States, a tenuous ceasefire is in effect after two days of violence along the Israel-Gaza border, and Turkey shares intelligence about Khashoggi’s death.

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Saudi Court Intrigue amid Khashoggi Investigation, a Front Heats Up in Yemen, a Terrorist Attack in Tunisia Roils Political Divisions

The United States takes limited punitive action in response to Khashoggi’s murder, fighting escalates near Hodeidah, and Tunisia’s political crisis is rocked by a suicide bomber.

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Saudi Arabia Under Political Pressure after Pushing False Narrative on Khashoggi’s Death, New Scrutiny on Draconian Policies on Dissent, Jordan Ends Lease Agreement with Israel

Riyadh, Washington, and Ankara wrangle over the fallout from the murder of a Saudi dissident, Turkey releases a U.S. citizen but other foreign nationals remain imprisoned, and Jordan announces it will cancel an annex to its 1994 peace agreement with Israel.

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