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Egypt’s Death Sentences Test U.S. Resolve

Published on March 28th, 2014 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh The summary mass trial and conviction of 529 Egyptians to death this week is yet another example of Egypt’s descent into lawlessness and blatant miscarriage of justice. The rushed decision showed no respect ... Read More



Iran is at a crossroads

Published on March 26th, 2014 | by Jasmin Ramsey

by Jasmin Ramsey The title of this post is a quote from Shaul Bakhash, a George Mason University professor who moderated a panel discussion, “Iran, the Next Five Years: Change or More of the Same?” at the ... Read More



Increased Instability Predicted for Egypt

Published on March 26th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe International human rights groups have strongly denounced Monday’s sentencing by an Egyptian court of 529 Islamists to death for a riot in which one policeman was killed. Egypt specialists here say the sentences, ... Read More



Diplomatic Crimes and Punishments

Published on March 26th, 2014 | by Henry Precht

by Henry Precht Imagine, if you can, the recent scene in the White House situation room in which senior [appointed] officials are debating how to respond to Russia’s take-over of Crimea. The experts on the media ... Read More



Containing Iran Helps Putin’s Russia

Published on March 25th, 2014 | by Shireen Hunter

by Shireen T. Hunter Not long after the outbreak of the crisis over Ukraine and Crimea, many observers began asking the following question: what impact could renewed Russo-Western tensions have on the fate of the ongoing ... Read More



Hezbollah Winning in Syria: At What Price?

Published on March 24th, 2014 | by Aurélie Daher

by Aurélie Daher As the Syrian uprising against the Baathist regime enters its fourth year, it is clear, given the changing balance of power on the ground, that predictions about the imminent collapse of the Assad ... Read More



Ukraine Primer IV: Competing Narratives

Published on March 24th, 2014 | by Derek Davison

by Derek Davison Russia moved to annex Crimea this week, as Ukraine evacuated most of its soldiers from the peninsula. Tensions in eastern Ukraine seem to have reached a tense equilibrium, even as reports of a ... Read More

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