3Qs: For Middle East peace, more heat than light

The prospects for peace between Israel and Pales­tine, and U.S. policy on the com­pli­cated issue, cap­tured the world’s atten­tion ear­lier this month, as Pres­i­dent Obama deliv­ered a major speech on the Middle East, fol­lowed by a day­long meeting between the pres­i­dent and Israeli Prime Min­ister Ben­jamin Netanyahu and Netanyahu’s sub­se­quent address to Con­gress. Kim­berly Jones, a fac­ulty asso­ciate in Northeastern’s Middle East Center for Peace, Cul­ture and Devel­op­ment, assesses the impact of these developments.

3Qs: As precious metals grow more precious

The value of silver soared to an all-​​time high last Thursday, and plunged dra­mat­i­cally yes­terday, illus­trating the con­stant volatility of the precious-​​metals market, which includes lus­trous com­modi­ties like gold, silver and plat­inum. Here, Kamran Dad­khah, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of econo­met­rics and macro­eco­nomics at North­eastern, who has studied the value of silver and gold in the for­eign exchange market, dis­cusses how the declining value of the dollar relates to the ever-​​shifting value of pre­cious metals and other com­modi­ties, such as oil.

3Qs: Opposing Al Qaeda with democracy

Asso­ciate Pro­fessor of Inter­na­tional Affairs Berna Turam, the author of “Between Islam and the State: the Pol­i­tics of Engage­ment,” offers insight into the recent upris­ings in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, and explains the impor­tance of hope in the midst of a wave of demo­c­ratic upheaval.