Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

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Jan. 21: Former US secretary of State James A. Baker completed his mission to four Gulf States - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - securing a promise from leaders that much of Iraq's $50 billion debt owed to the various states would be forgiven. [MEO, 1/22]

Feb. 14: The United States launched its first Arab -satellite TV station, Al-Hurra, operating out of Beirut. [WP, 2/15]

Feb. 20: A Malaysian inquiry revealed that Libya allegedly renewed its dormant nuclear program after receiving enriched uranium from Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan in 2001. Along with the uranium, the Libyans received designs and technology for creating a nuclear bomb. Furthermore, the inquiry reported that businessmen and engineers from Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Britain, the UAE, and Malaysia served as middle-men in the nuclear blackmarket. [NYT, 2/21]

Mar. 22: The killing of Palestinian Hamas leader, Shaykh Ahmed Yasin, sparked large protests throughout the Arab world, including in the capitals of Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan, and Yemen. [NYT, 3/23]

Mar. …

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