Middle Eastern Black Swans Dot China’s Belt and Road

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by James M. Dorsey  If any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign and defense policy principles out the window and increasingly adopt attitudes associated with a global power, it is the greater Middle East,… Continue Reading  

Preventing Palestine: A Must Read History of Failed Peace-Making

Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, and Menachem Begin (Wikimedia Commons)

by James J. Zogby  Seth Anziska’s Preventing Palestine: A Political History From Camp David to Oslo is a deeply insightful and profoundly disturbing book that traces the tortuous path of Middle East peace-making during the past four decades. It was… Continue Reading  

A French President for Georgia?

Salome Zourabichvili  (Wikimedia Commons)

by Giorgi Lomsadze Georgia could get its first female president very soon if the establishment-backed candidate Salome Zourabichvili can watch her tongue. Backing from the ruling Georgian Dream party makes former French diplomat Salome Zourabichvili a strong contender for the presidency,… Continue Reading  

The Israel-Palestine Nightmare

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by Sandy Tolan When I first traveled to Israel-Palestine in 1994, during the heady early days of the Oslo peace process, I was expecting to see more of the joyful celebrations I’d watched on television at home. The emotional welcoming… Continue Reading  

Yemen’s Hodeida Offensive: Once Avoidable, Now Imminent

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by Peter Salisbury Over the last two weeks, the latest attempt to set Yemen on the path to peace has collapsed, triggering what could become the bloodiest battle of a war approaching its fourth anniversary. In a September 14 letter… Continue Reading