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  

Possible Deal With Iran On Arak: What Does It Mean?

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by Derek Davison Although it hasn’t been officially confirmed, Iran’s Vice-President Ali Akbar Salehi declared April 19 that Iran and the P5+1 (the US, Britain, France, China, and Russia plus Germany) had “virtually resolved” a dispute over Arak. What does this mean… Continue Reading  

U.S. Apache Delivery Highlights Mixed Messaging on Egypt

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by Jasmin Ramsey* Last October, the Obama administration suspended the delivery of attack helicopters to Egypt’s interim government following the Jul. 2 military ouster of Egypt’s democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi. “Delivery of these systems could resume pending Egypt’s progress… Continue Reading  

The Need for Iranian Oil and Gas

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by Paul R. Pillar* Deliberations about imposing costs on Russia for undesirable behavior in Ukraine quickly run into several snags, among which is that any sanctions that would significantly hurt Russia would also hurt countries that impose them. Potential sanctions… Continue Reading  

Gates on the Israeli Tail’s Attempt to Wag the Dog in 2007

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by Jim Lobe I’ve been slowly reading Robert Gates’ Duty over the last week or so and some of it is quite pertinent in light of the recent recommendation by JINSA’s Michael Makovsky and Lt. Gen. David Deptula (ret.) in the Wall Street Journal that… Continue Reading