The MEK’s Influence in EU Politics Matters

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by Eldar Mamedov In a sign of re-emerging ties between the European Union (EU) and Iran, Edgars Rinkevics, Latvia’s minister of foreign affairs, visited Tehran on April 24. The visit was significant because Latvia will hold the EU’s rotating presidency in the first… Continue Reading  

The Game in Ukraine

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by Mark N. Katz How will the crisis in Ukraine turn out? Nobody knows for sure, but a role-playing game that I ran in my undergraduate government and politics of Russia course at George Mason University yesterday offers some insights.… Continue Reading  

The President Strikes a Nerve

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by Paul Pillar* President Obama has gotten much attention from a single extended response he gave to a question about his foreign policy from Ed Henry of Fox News in a press conference last week in Manila. The apparently strongly felt need,… Continue Reading  

A Tragedy of Errors: U.S. Incompetence in Israel-Palestine Talks, Part II

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by Mitchell Plitnick In part one of this piece, I began sketching the picture that emerges from the words of U.S. diplomats to an Israeli reporter. There’s more here, and the image is one of the United States as the… Continue Reading  

A Tragedy of Errors: U.S. Incompetence in Israel-Palestine Talks, Part I

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by Mitchell Plitnick On May 2 Israel’s most widely read newspaper, Yediot Ahoronot, published an article that blows the lid off the failure of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nahum Barnea, one of… Continue Reading