Obama’s Middle East Scorecard

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by Robert E. Hunter Viewed from the aerie of the Oval Office, US policy in the Middle East is much more pluses than minuses, and there is much to commend that view. President Barack Obama has successfully navigated the Ship… Continue Reading  

Pro-Regime Talking Heads Spin Bahrain State Department Report

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by Emile Nakhleh The State Department’s Inspector General’s report on the US Embassy in Bahrain, which I have been asked to comment on, has generated much reaction, both among the pro-government factions and within the opposition. The opposition fears that a… Continue Reading  

Beyond the Case of Jonathan Pollard

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by James A. Russell News that the Obama administration is considering releasing the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard as part of an attempt to breath life into the Israel-Palestine peace talks is a sign of negotiations that have become a road… Continue Reading  

New Einhorn Report on Final Iran Deal Focuses Debate

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by Jim Lobe Robert Einhorn, who served as the State Department’s special advisor on non-proliferation and arms control under President Barack Obama until less than a year ago, has issued an important report, “Preventing a Nuclear-Armed Iran: Requirements for a… Continue Reading  

Syria: Grim Realities and Short Memories

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by Wayne White The remorseless death toll and Assad regime gains in Syria have generated intense criticism in Washington of US policy toward the country. Other observers have also taken up this meme, often claiming the regime would have fallen… Continue Reading