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9 Facts About Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Marsha B. Cohen

by Marsha B. Cohen Reuven Rivlin has just been elected Israel’s 10th president. A member of Israel’s parliamentary body since 1988, he served as Speaker of the Knesset from 2003-06 and again from 2009-13. Today, Israel’s parliamentarians, by ... Read More



US-Iran Bilateral Talks: On the Edge of a Nuclear Deal?

Published on June 9th, 2014 | by Robert E. Hunter

by Robert E. Hunter With bilateral US-Iran talks taking place in Geneva today, notably topped for the US by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led earlier secret exchanges, negotiations between Iran and world powers might ... Read More



How Not to Make Comparisons Between Iran and China

Published on June 8th, 2014 | by Guest

by Paul Pillar One of the most famous zingers in American political history is Lloyd Bentsen’s “you’re no Jack Kennedy” line in his 1988 vice presidential candidates’ debate with Dan Quayle. Quayle’s preceding remark in the ... Read More



“The World Turns Around a Spinning Ball”

Published on June 8th, 2014 | by Tom Engelhardt

Choreographed War and Other Aspects of the World’s Greatest Game  by Eduardo Galeano [The following passages are excerpted at TomDispatch from Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow (Nation Books, Open Road Media ebooks).] The Stadium Have you ever entered an empty ... Read More


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Bowe Bergdahl Isn’t the First

Published on June 8th, 2014 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas W. Lippman Americans have short memories. In all the furor over the exchange of five senior Taliban leaders for an U.S. prisoner in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, I haven’t heard anyone other than a ... Read More



Rise of Terror Groups Demands Hard Look at US Policy

Published on June 6th, 2014 | by Derek Davison

by Derek Davison The resurgence of “Salafi-jihadist” terrorist groups is once again at the forefront of national security thinking in Washington. A report released this week by the RAND Corporation, “A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of ... Read More



Libya is in Deep Trouble: US Must Make its Move

Published on June 6th, 2014 | by Wayne White

by Wayne White Former General Khalifa Haftar’s (or Hiftar’s) eastern-based military challenge against parliamentary Islamists and armed Muslim extremists continues to spark more violence. Meanwhile, government authority in the capital of Tripoli has practically disintegrated with ... Read More



Leadership and Climate Change

Published on June 5th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe While this blog is devoted to U.S. policy toward the Middle East, it should come as no surprise to regular readers that I regard climate change as likely to be the greatest challenge ... Read More

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