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Analysis & Commentary - Grant Rumley

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11th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Widespread protests force Tunisian army deployment

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Grant Rumley

The army will be protecting government installations, following an incident in which protesters burned a security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting police to flee. more...

9th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Thirteen Years into the Abbas Presidency, Corruption and Autocracy Dominate the West Bank

Grant Rumley

On this day in 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority (PA). In his inaugural address, Abbas hailed the “peaceful transfer of authority” and pledged to “start the process of reform…so as to establish the foundations of the Palestinian state to which we aspire.” After a decade of Yasser Arafat’s iron-handed PA rule – with his later years characterized by an armed Palestinian uprising – Abbas seemed a breath of fresh air. more...

3rd January 2018 – Foreign Policy

Mahmoud Abbas Doesn’t Have a Trump Strategy

Grant Rumley

To hear Palestinian leaders tell it, their relationship with the Trump administration has now been simplified. “We will sever all ties with the Americans,” Ahmed Majdalani, a confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told me, “this means the end of the peace process and the U.S. role there.” more...

21st November 2017 – The Atlantic

Why Trump Moved Against the PLO

Grant Rumley

This week, the Trump administration threatened to close the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) if the Palestinians did not immediately halt their campaign at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and agree to engage in the soon-to-be announced peace process. more...

16th October 2017 – Foreign Policy

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

Grant Rumley

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep. more...

17th September 2017 – The Atlantic

The Doomed Palestinian Reconciliation Plan

Grant Rumley

Of the demands Palestinians often make of their leaders, reconciliation between their two largest political factions perennially tops the list. Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank, and the Islamist terror group Hamas, which wrested control of the Gaza Strip in a civil war in 2007, have waged a low-intensity conflict for over a decade. more...

11th September 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How Do Palestinians Define ‘Terrorism’?

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

There is one step Mr. Abbas could take to demonstrate that he is taking Congress seriously: He could issue a definition of terrorism to his own people. Remarkably, the Palestinian Authority’s “Basic Law” does not mention terrorism. The State Department says that although the PA has criminalized acts of terror, it lacks legislation “specifically tailored to counterterrorism.” more...

22nd August 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Is War in Gaza Unavoidable?

Grant Rumley

Earlier this summer, it seemed like war in the Gaza Strip was inevitable. more...

16th August 2017 – Interview by Shmuel Rosner - The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, Part 3: On Israel and the Palestinian leadership struggle

Grant Rumley

The following exchange will focus on Tibon and Rumley’s new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017). more...

9th August 2017 – The American Interest

The End of the Abbas Era

Grant Rumley

The aging leader tried to capitalize on his people’s unrest by taking unprecedented steps against Israel. Instead, he may have just made the argument against his rule even stronger. more...

26th July 2017 – The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, part 2: On peace agreements with Arab autocrats

Grant Rumley

The following exchange will focus on Tibon and Rumley’s new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017). more...

19th July 2017 – The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, part 1: A man of peace turned autocrat

Grant Rumley

The following exchange will focus on Tibon and Rumley’s new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017). more...

18th July 2017 – Fathom Journal

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas - Interview With Grant Rumley & Amir Tibon

Grant Rumley

Fathom Assistant Editor Samuel Nurding sat down with Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon to discuss their new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017). more...

13th July 2017 – The American Interest

Mahmoud Abbas and the Years of Terror

Grant Rumley

Mahmoud Abbas’s role in Palestinian politics was forged in the bloody years of the Second Intifada, when he became the anti-Arafat. But the events of those years also foreshadow the indecision and timidity that have plagued him since. more...

11th July 2017 – Prometheus Books

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

The Last Palestinian, drawing from interviews with key figures in the West Bank, Israel, and Washington, is the first English biography of Abbas. more...

2nd July 2017 – The Atlantic

The Political Education of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

When Israeli tanks besieged Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in Ramallah in 2002, the Palestinian leader famously declared, “Oh God, grant me a martyr’s death.” more...

29th June 2017 – Foreign Policy

The Squeeze Is On Against Hamas

Grant Rumley

The Islamist movement's Arab neighbors, together with Israel, are cutting off its few remaining lifelines — and hoping not to spark a war. more...

18th May 2017 – Foreign Policy

How Can Trump Make Peace Without a Partner in Palestine?

Grant Rumley

President Donald Trump visits Israel next week at a supremely awkward moment, amid reports that he shared Israeli intelligence with Russian officials in the Oval Office. Both sides are likely to do their best to bury the issue. more...

11th May 2017 – BICOM

A Win for the Palestinians

Grant Rumley

I met Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at a reception in Washington, and the Palestinian Ambassador to the US Husam Zomlot introduced me as being a friend of Palestine and a friend of US President Donald Trump, an expression I didn’t think I would hear six months ago, or ever really. more...

3rd May 2017 – World Politics Review

Can Abbas Use His White House Visit to Preserve His Power and Undercut Hamas?

Grant Rumley

On Barack Obama’s first day in office as U.S. president in 2009, he called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank to discuss the war being waged at the time in Gaza between Hamas and Israel. The call came just two years after a devastating Palestinian civil war in which Hamas—the Islamist group that the United States, Israel and the European Union all designate as a terrorist organization—had expelled Abbas’ Fatah-led Palestinian Authority from Gaza. more...