On the Eve of an Uncertain Negotiation

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by François Nicoullaud From recent declarations of President Barack Obama, echoed by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and various American and French officials, one can foresee the initial bargaining position of the Western members of the P5+1 group in the upcoming… Continue Reading  

Understanding the Geneva II Conference

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by Tyler Cullis On Jan. 22, 2014, the long-promised Geneva II conference will begin, with close to 30 countries sending delegations in a last-ditch bid to end the violence in Syria. The talks, which will include both the Assad regime… Continue Reading  

Omani Sultan Enabled Fruitful US Diplomacy with Iran

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by Jasmin Ramsey The Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said’s history of serving as an interlocutor between the US and Iran has mostly been told in whispers and pieces, but now we have a straight-talking Wall Street Journal chronicle of his role: Tehran… Continue Reading  

2013 Brings No Change to US Policy On Israel-Palestine

Israeli President Shimon Peres, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, at the World Economic Forum, May 2013, photo courtesy of the World Economic Forum

by Mitchell Plitnick When it comes to the tedious dance between the United States, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the more things change, the more they stay the same. As 2013 draws to a close, we have another proof of… Continue Reading  

Terrorist Designation of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Highly Risky

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by Emile Nakhleh For the first time in its 85-year history, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Wednesday was declared a terrorist organization. The provisional government’s decision yesterday, presumably with the military junta’s approval, came after two deadly bombings in Mansura and… Continue Reading