Social and Humanitarian Concerns
Four months have passed since the start of a sustained Iraqi army offensive against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the city of Mosul.
Elor Azaria, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier who shot dead an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, has been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in prison. The verdict has divided public opinion, a schism reflected in the Israeli dailies.
Earlier this week, hundreds of Israeli police officers and soldiers carried out an Israeli High Court order to evict Jewish wildcat settlers from the Amona outpost in the West Bank.
The executive order issued by President Donald Trump barring entry into the United States by nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen—has drawn sharp reactions from around the region.
The Middle East Policy Council's 87th Capitol Hill Conference has concluded. The full video and unedited transcript are available below. A policy brief derived from this event can be read here. The panel, held January 11, 2017, offered diverse perspectives on U.S. commitments and engagements in the Middle East for the new administration.