Will the Ukraine Crisis Impact Russia’s Mideast Policy?

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by Mark N. Katz As if the crisis in Ukraine wasn’t bad enough, the resulting tensions between Russia on the one hand and the US and most of Europe on the other will likely cause increased tension between Moscow and… Continue Reading  

Saudi Intel Chief Prince Bandar Is Out, But Is He Really Out?

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by Thomas W. Lippman It might be a mistake to jump to conclusions about the removal of Prince Bandar bin Sultan from his post as chief of Saudi Arabian intelligence. When it comes to senior jobs held by the royals,… Continue Reading  

Assad and the Palestinians

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by Sam Badger and Giorgio Cafiero* The three-year old Syrian crisis presents dire dilemmas for Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and in refugee camps across the Middle East. Given Syria’s traditional role as a sponsor of Palestinian resistance… Continue Reading  

Obama’s Middle East Scorecard

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by Robert E. Hunter Viewed from the aerie of the Oval Office, US policy in the Middle East is much more pluses than minuses, and there is much to commend that view. President Barack Obama has successfully navigated the Ship… Continue Reading  

Syria: Grim Realities and Short Memories

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by Wayne White The remorseless death toll and Assad regime gains in Syria have generated intense criticism in Washington of US policy toward the country. Other observers have also taken up this meme, often claiming the regime would have fallen… Continue Reading