Will the Syria Ceasefire Last?

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by Rajan Menon While there are no precise numbers, the carnage in Syria may have consumed as many as 470 thousand lives and forced some 4.8 million Syrians to flee, mainly to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. So the news that the… Continue Reading  

John Kerry Nails It: Realities of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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by Paul R. Pillar Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech this week on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an excellent statement of the realities that are inescapable aspects of this conflict and that anyone who claims to deal with the dispute… Continue Reading  

Has Obama “Betrayed” Israel at the UN?

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by Henry Siegman Has America’s president betrayed Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of his government bitterly accused after President Obama failed to veto a UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel for its settlements in the West… 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  

Don’t Worry About the Peace Treaty

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by Paul R. Pillar via The National Interest As the Obama administration struggles to walk a fine policy line on Egypt that takes appropriate account of the diverse U.S. interests at stake, one subject that is often mentioned, but shouldn’t… Continue Reading