Amidst CW Disarmament, No Pause in Syrian Fighting

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by Wayne White Most international attention remains focused on locating, inspecting and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons (CW) arsenal, but the bloody conventional civil war rages on. The process of getting rid of Syria’s CW probably will take at least until… Continue Reading  

Obama’s Near East Trip: Time to be Bold

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by Robert E. Hunter The stakes in President Barak Obama’s impending visit to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan have risen steadily in recent days. It is taking take place, after all, almost immediately following Secretary of State John Kerry’s… Continue Reading  

Israel and Palestine: Obama Commits the US

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by Robert E. Hunter To say that President Barack Obama’s visit this spring to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan is the proverbial gamble is an understatement. He may end up (rightly) congratulating himself on his wisdom and courage in… Continue Reading  

Iran-Turkey Relations Heading into a Tough Year

Brazilian FM Amorim Iranian President Ahmadinejad, Brazilian President da Silva, Turkish PM Erdogan and Turkey's FM Davutoglu hold their hands as sign of unity during signing agreement ceremony in Tehran

Since the advent of the Syrian Revolution and tightening transatlantic sanctions against Iran in 2011, Tehran and Ankara have had a particularly tough time maintaining a facade of mutual amity and cooperation. Last December, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hastily cancelled a… Continue Reading