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Building an Unlikely Coalition Against ISIS

Published on September 2nd, 2014 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas W. Lippman Throughout the Middle East, television news broadcasts on state-owned channels have always featured what Western journalists ridicule as “coming and going stories”—a delegation from some country or organization arrives, the delegation meets ... Read More


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ISIS Carrying Out Ethnic Cleansing on “Historic Scale”

Published on September 2nd, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe While the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama ponders broader actions against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Amnesty International Tuesday accused the group of carrying out ethnic cleansing in Iraq ... Read More


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Libyan Crisis Fails to take Center Stage

Published on September 2nd, 2014 | by Wayne White

by Wayne White Armed Islamist militants have gained ground rapidly in ongoing clashes in Libya, making an already serious situation a lot more ominous. A military attempt to crush the militants early this year has clearly ... Read More



New Sanctions Threaten Iran Nuclear Deal

Published on September 2nd, 2014 | by Guest

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj On Aug. 29 the US Treasury added 28 Iranian individuals and entities to its ever-expanding sanctions list. Expectedly, Tehran denounced the decision. “They are in conflict with the spirit of talks. They are ... Read More



Intervention in Libya, and It Wasn’t American

Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Guest

by Paul Pillar Last week the United Arab Emirates, aided by Egypt, conducted airstrikes against Islamist militias in Libya. The targeted forces are among the contestants in the surging turmoil and civil warfare in Libya. The ... Read More



Qatar’s “Maverick” Foreign Policies

Published on August 30th, 2014 | by Guest

by Graham E. Fuller Speculation has run high over the past several years about what Qatar is up to in the Middle East. At first blanch its foreign policy seemingly contains a mass of contradiction: a ... Read More



Nuclear Talks: Crisis Group Points the Way

Published on August 29th, 2014 | by Peter Jenkins

by Peter Jenkins The talks to resolve concern about Iran’s nuclear program will resume in early September. The negotiators will have had time to read and reflect on a well-informed and wise report that the International ... Read More



AIPAC’s Problems

Published on August 29th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe The latest issue of the New Yorker features a lengthy article by Connie Bruck on the recent travails of AIPAC, especially its unsuccessful efforts since last November to increase sanctions on Iran, and its steady Likudnik drift, ... Read More

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