American Military Intervention Can’t Save Syria

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by Rajan Menon The New York Times appears to have experienced an epiphany of the obvious on Syria. On October 6, its op-ed page ran a piece by Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, both former members of President Obama’s National… Continue Reading  

Israel: Strong Words Must Be Followed by Strong Action

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by James J. Zogby I was both understanding of and puzzled by the Obama administration’s reaction to Israel’s announcement of new settlement construction in occupied Palestinian lands. It was just a few weeks ago that the White House signed a… Continue Reading  

Syria—What Cost “Victory?”

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by Graham E. Fuller A deep contradiction lies at the heart of US policy towards the present horrifying conflict in Syria. Which is better? To now reluctantly accept continuation of Bashar al-Asad in power in Damascus for the foreseeable future,… Continue Reading  

Public Health as Foreign Policy: Trauma in the Arab World

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by Ryan Suto The current US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the US response to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). This series will focus instead on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing… Continue Reading  

Ukraine and Syria: Linked Together by Russia

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by Robert E. Hunter The United States and Russia are now at daggers drawn over Syria. Following the collapse of the ceasefire negotiated last month by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the United States has… Continue Reading