Escalating Crisis? Implications of Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Jet

by Mark N. Katz Turkey’s shootdown on November 24 of a Russian fighter aircraft that Ankara claims was violating Turkish airspace raises the prospect that the conflict in Syria could escalate.

Old Settlement Wine in New Peacemaking Bottles

by Mitchell Plitnick During his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry two weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered “a package of meaningful measures in the West Bank.” Although Netanyahu was apparently vague about what those measures would… Continue Reading  

American Nativism and the Newest Surge in Xenophobia

by Paul R. Pillar A couple of days ago President Obama made an appropriate refinement to how he describes the discriminatory and xenophobic tendencies that have become all too obvious in debate and posturing in the United States on issues… Continue Reading  

Understanding EU Labeling Regulations

by Mitchell Plitnick Recently, the European Union implemented a procedure for enforcing existing regulations requiring the labeling of some goods produced in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israel has vociferously objected to any labeling of products from its… Continue Reading  

The Amateurish Attacks in Paris

by Paul R. Pillar A strong tendency in the wake of major terrorist attacks is to associate the impact the event has on our own fears and thoughts (which generally are correlated with the number of Westerners who died in… Continue Reading