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Israel, Gaza and Monitoring Human Rights

September 10, 2014
Monitoring human rights during wartime is a particularly daunting challenge, since the message and the messenger are often greeted by a hostile audience.

B’tselem, Israel’s leading human rights organization, has for years led the way in monitoring and reporting on the state of human rights in the West Bank, Israel and Gaza. Since the Israeli army commenced Operation Protective Edge in July, many have praised the organization’s attempts to humanize the dead and to fact-check both the Israeli army and Hamas evenhandedly. Others have called them traitors.

Last-ditch efforts may fail to save Gaza truce | aljazeera America

August 7, 2014
Speaking to Al Jazeera from Washington, DC, Leila Hilal, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, said: "We could very well see a resumption of hostilities, as the parties still have a major gap between them. Hamas and the Palestinian delegation has been asking for a lifting of a siege over Gaza - the primary grievance that precipitated this round of conflict, and Israel has refused to do that unless Hamas disarms.

"For Hamas, this is a non-starter. Meanwhile, there's a large mediation effort underway to close that gap," she said.

Can a Rebuilt Gaza Build Economy? | Marketplace

August 6, 2014
Leila Hilal, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, said Gaza has human capital that could drive economic development.

“Gazans are very enterprising, they’ve been surviving under total isolation,” said Hilal, adding that the population of Gaza is young, educated and urban. She said the Palestinian diaspora could potentially help — providing expertise, export markets and investment dollars.

Syrian Civil Society Strives to Rebuild Communities | Syria Deeply

July 29, 2014
New America Foundation's Leila Hilal describes how local councils have tried to manage and rebuild Syrian communities.

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Experts on Middle East Evaluate IMF Recommendations

February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – As Tunisia’s new constitution goes into effect and other transitioning Arab countries seek to address the social and economic grievances at the heart of citizen demands, there is a need to reexamine international economic policy toward the region. The IMF is the main driver of that policy and special attention should be paid to recommendations coming from the multi-lateral giant. 

Syria Talks Could Bring About Modest Gains, Say Analysts | The National

January 22, 2014

“The terms of ceasefire in theory could be positive, but in actuality would take a lot to be implemented on the ground,” said Leila Hilal, the director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation think tank. “But at the same time, this ...

The Middle East's Disappearing Borders

January 9, 2014

“The last year was a good one for al Qaeda, and for jihadism more broadly,” wrote the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Daveed Gartenstein-Ross earlier this week. He continued: “Al Qaeda affiliates drove Iraq to its highest violence levels since 2007, capped off a year of increasingly sophisticated attacks in the Horn of Africa with a notorious assault on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, and took control of entire cities in northern Syria while attracting large numbers of foreigners to that battlefield.”

U.S. Halts Aid To Syrian Rebels In A Sign Search For Moderate Force Has Failed | The San Luis Obispo Tribune

December 11, 2013

... in negotiations or to urge participation from the Islamic Front in recognition that “people they don't necessarily want to affiliate with are the power brokers on the ground,” said Leila Hilal, director of the Middle East Task Force at the New ...

Analysts: Public Outlook On Syria Ignores Inconvenient Truths | News & Observer

October 21, 2013

Her remarks were so frank that the moderator, Leila Hilal, a Syrian-American scholar who's the director of New America's Middle East Task Force, felt compelled to thank her for her “candid comments,” particularly on the magnitude and challenges of the ...


September 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — As the crisis in Syria continues, Russia’s proposal to place Syria’s chemical weapons under United Nations jurisdiction has emerged as a possible diplomatic alternative to military intervention.

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