After 12 Years, LobeLog Bids Farewell

After more than 12 years of operation, LobeLog.com is shutting down and shifting operations to ResponsibleStatecraft.org, an internet

Mending Gulf fences could weaken support for U.S. sanctions against Iran

Saudi efforts to negotiate an end to the Yemen war in a bid to open a dialogue with Iran could

Turkey in the Gulf: Between Regional Aspirations and Setbacks

(Lobelog) In recent years there has been remarkable upheaval between

Pompeo Casts International Law Aside On Israeli Settlement Policy

Trump and Pompeo’s rogue-state behavior--announcing that the US no longer considers Israel settlements in the West Bank

Presidential Candidates Open to Leveraging American Support for Israel

Republicans and Democratics have tried leveraging support to change Israeli behaviour, despite Congress. Shifts in public opinion mean that a

Neocons in the Age of Trump? The Case of the FDD and Iran’s “Fake Opposition”

Neoconservatives and like-minded hawks have sought to burnish their public images in the wake of President Trump’s bumbling

Apocalypse Approach Update

One writer's effort to keep track of Donald Trump’s contributions to the coming of the apocalypse

The New Middle East That’s Coming

After years of bitter rivalry, the Saudis and the Iranians are considering how they can dial down their mutual animosity

U.S. Maximum Pressure Meets Iranian Maximum Pressure

Tehran seems convinced that nuclear non-compliance and regional escalation are more fruitful than compliance and restraint in the face

How ‘Israel Hayom’ became Trump’s mouthpiece in the Middle East

Israel Hayom, the most widely-read newspaper in Israel which is financed by casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, has consistently supported

How the Judiciary is Chipping Away at the War on Terror

Lower courts are slowly but steadily eroding the legal basis for some of the most reactionary war on terror policies

Savior Admirals And Generals, Civilian-Military Relations, And The Presidency

We easily forget a fundamental tenet of strategy: that war serves a coherent political objective is not an end in

A New “Coalition of the Willing”?

Despite treating the U.N. with contempt, the Trump administration is now seeking U.N. help in confronting Iran in

Trump On Going To War With Iran: ‘We May Have To’

(Lobelog) President Trump said this week that he may have to

Israel Is Trying To Hide Its Arms Sales To Duterte’s Philippines

(Lobelog) An Israeli court imposed a media blackout on hearings held

Trying to Exploit Iran’s Diverse Ethnic Population to Advance a War Agenda

The United Against Nuclear Iran, a controversial U.S. pressure group that reportedly receives funding from Saudi Arabia and UAE

Syrian Withdrawal a Dangerous Regional Gambit

Could the Syria debacle finally force some Middle Eastern regimes to begin exploring the possibility of rapprochement with their neighbors

Who, and What, Identifies a Threat?

U.S. foreign policy have been subordinated to a quest to dig up dirt on domestic political opponents

Iran’s View on Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring

The Islamic Republic’s ability to maintain friendly relations with Turkey while standing by its ally in Damascus will be

The Real Cover-Up

“Trump’s shambolic presidency somehow seems less unsavory" when considering the fact that his critics refuse “to admit how massively

The Pentagon Is Pledging to Reform Itself. Again. It Won’t.

Genuine reform of the Pentagon’s budget is urgently needed, but Secretary of Defense Esper’s claims aboutmaking reforms to

Getting the Afghanistan Peace Process Back on Track

A U.S.-Taliban agreement that paves the way for an Afghan peace process is the path more likely than

How the Saudi Oil Field Attack Overturned America’s Apple Cart

The rules of the game have changed: Americans have overwhelming military power in the Middle East, but using it might

Applying Kissinger’s Lessons to Transformational Diplomacy with Iran

The U.S. should support regional governments’ efforts to limit Iran’s power projection as well as Iranian political elements

Iran and the Middle East Amid Shifting Alliances

A security collaboration between Riyadh and Tehran is necessary for the long-term security of the Gulf. If President Trump

The Threat of Bolton Has Receded–But Not the Threat of War

Although John Bolton is out, his bellicose worldview remains the basic operating system of the Trump administration

Advice to US: When You’re Going to a Gunfight, Bring all Your Friends with Guns

The Trump administration is apparently trying to raise a “coalition of the willing” – as did the administration of President George

The Stubborn Persistence of Failed Maximum Pressure Against Iran

Israel’s recent escalation of armed attacks across the Middle East is in large part designed to provoke Iranian retaliation

Israeli Strikes Seek to Bait Iran and Scuttle U.S.-Iran Diplomacy

A new conflagration involving Israel and Iran and its regional allies would tank prospects for U.S.-Iran negotiations and

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Taking The U.S. And Iran Off Collision Course

A series of escalations in both word and deed have raised fears of U.S.-Iranian military confrontation, either direct

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Russia And The Iran Crisis

Vladimir Putin excels at taking advantage of mistakes made by Russia’s adversaries to further his country’s interests. Donald

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The Media’s Shameful Handling Of Bolton’s Iran Threat Claims Recalls The Run-Up To The Iraq War

The Trump administration’s claims about purported Iranian threats have been repeated by credulous reporters and TV news programs far

Trump’s Dogs Of War

This is the cartoon that the international edition of the New York Times should have run, at least as regards

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Haftar’s Attempted Coup and Trump’s Collusion over Libya

The assault on Tripoli by Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s renegade general and leader of the self-anointed Libyan National Army

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Bolton and the Troika of Tyranny

With all eyes focused these days on Donald Trump and his myriad crimes, John Bolton’s speeches are a reminder

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U.S. Aid to Israel: What You Need to Know

Advocates of cutting U.S. aid to Israel rather than using it as leverage must understand how this aid works

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Takeaways From The Israeli Election

The new government will, once again, be the most right wing in Israel’s history. But this time, the length

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Resolving The North Korea Crisis Through The Iran Deal

Given such a dismal U.S. record on non-proliferation, why should North Korea trust U.S. promises of future

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Hawks Clamoring To Attack Iran

As Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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Trump’s Golan Declaration: Foolish And Dangerous

President Trump's announcement that he would recognise Israeli sovereignty over the western part of the Golan Heights destroys the

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Senate Takes First Step To End Yemen War, Reorient Foreign Policy

The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure mandating the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Saudi/UAE-led war

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Iran, North Korea, And The Pitfalls Of “Maximum Pressur

The Trump administration's failed “maximum pressure” approach to Iran and North Korea begs the question what the US president

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Ilhan Omar: Anatomy of A Smear

In the United States, it’s possible to debate any and every policy, domestic and foreign, except for unquestioning support

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Kashmir: A Deadly Enough Crisis To Forget MAGA For A Moment?

While Michael Cohen mesmerized the House of Representatives and President Trump resumed his love affair with North Korea’s Kim

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Zarif’s Resignation: Foreign Betrayal, Domestic Infighting

The Trump administration's irresponsible withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear agreement undermined Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

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The INF Affair And Nuclear Arms Control Prospects

Europe can play an important role in rebuilding confidence in the non-proliferation regime in the wake of the demise

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Policing Democrats For Israel

The decline in Israel’s appeal to Democrats is directly related to the wider awareness of the country’s increasingly

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Pompeo: The Real Threat To U.S. National Security

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's dramatic incompetence as the number-one U.S. diplomat is killing this country, session

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Europe Is Determined to Save the Iran Deal

François Nicoullaud, the former French ambassador to Iran, discusses the ups and downs of Iran-France relations and the

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Trump’s Doomed Quest for a Middle East Strategic Alliance

Effective alliances require that powerful states shoulder a far larger share of the alliance maintenance costs than other states, a

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Goodbye, INF Treaty. Hello, New Arms Race?

The new imbroglio over the INF treaty does not mean a revival of the old Cold War practice of nuclear

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Has The Arms Industry Captured Trump’s Pentagon?

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump appeared to recognize the obvious problem of the revolving door. But as the appointment

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War Against Iran Becoming Ever More Likely

Domestic troubles, declining popularity, and a decidedly hawkish anti-Iran foreign policy team may combine to make the perfect storm

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The Iran Nuclear Deal At Three

The same calculus that brought Iran and world powers to make a deal and has led remaining JCPOA signatories to

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Trump Punts on Syria

With Bolton and Pompeo by his side and Mattis departed, Trump may well go with his gut and attack Iran

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The Middle East After Pompeo’s Cairo Speech

When will Mike Pompeo realize that his ideological proclivities against Iran and disregard for people’s desire to live freely

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Republicans Play “Israel Card” and Fail

As this past week began, with the shutdown of parts of the US government entering its third week, Republicans, desperate

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Bolton Counters Syria Withdrawal, Hires Iran Hawk

National Security Advisor John Bolton is bringing reinforcements into the White House to bolster his push for war with Iran

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Iran’s Hardliners and Reformists and the Syria Gambit

President Donald Trump’s sudden decision to pull troops out of Syria has given hardliners reason to celebrate, even as

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Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal

Although a widespread movement has developed to fight climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger

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The Danger of Trump’s Hasty Exit from Syria

Had Washington made an effort after the last time President Trump promised to quit Syria to pursue diplomatic and military

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Turning A Corner In Public Opinion Toward Israeli Occupation

U.S. supporters of Israel are in a bind: public opinion is changing; there are more actors publicly challenging Israel

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GOP Purse Strings Held By Saudi Lobbyist

As the civilian death toll from Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen grows and the backlash against Saudi Crown Prince

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Turkey Vs. Saudi Arabia: Will The U.S. Have To Pick A Side?

Increasingly, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are positioned as rivals, each with pretensions to Middle Eastern influence or even hegemony. It

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Our Man in Riyadh

What does President Trump’s recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador

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A Saudi Bomb?

The Donald Trump administration’s handling of nuclear negotiations with Saudi Arabia promises to lay bare some realities about security

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Review: Walt’s Hell Of Good Intentions

Eminent U.S. foreign policy expert Stephen Walt’s new book critique’s the “liberal hegemony” grand strategy that has

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Dershowitz Remains On Board Of Mercer-Funded Anti-Muslim Group

(Lobelog)  Retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told LobeLog he

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Jobs Are No Excuse For Arming A Murderous Regime

Jobs should not be an excuse to arm a murderous regime that not only appears to be behind the assassination

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Trump’s Unprincipled “Principled Realism” Benefits Trump, Not The World

The contradictions in Donald Trump’s foreign policy create opportunities for both rivals and long-standing (if irritated) US allies

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Criticism Of Israeli Policy Is Not Anti-Semitic

While the notion that criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic is decades old, it has been bolstered in recent years

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Blowback From U.S. Policy In The Greater Middle East

Short-term thinking, expedience, and a lack of strategic caution has led Washington to train, fund, and support group after

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The Donald In The Rearview Mirror

Trump is not the problem. Think of him instead as a summons to address the real problem, which in a

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The Coming U.S.-Iran Showdown At UN

The United Nations has once again turn into a battleground between the United States and Iran, which are experiencing one

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Neoconservative Comeback? They Never Left

In many ways, Donald Trump’s bellicosity, his militarism, his hectoring cant about American exceptionalism and national greatness, his bullying

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Congress, White House Reaching Breaking Point On Yemen?

Soon after a Saudi-led coalition strike on a bus killed 40 children on August 9, a CENTCOM spokesperson stated

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Donald Trump: Gunrunner for Hire

The Trump administration's massive sales of tanks, helicopters, and fighter aircraft are indeed a grim wonder of the modern

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The Energizer Bunny Goes To China

For the past few decades the vast majority of private security companies like Blackwater and DynCorp operating internationally have come

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China, The Language Of Virtue, And The Global Order

The West has dominated the post-war narrative with its doctrine of liberal values, arguing that not only were they

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American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts

Falsely demonizing all Muslims, their beliefs, and their institutions is exactly the wrong way to make Americans safer, because the

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The War Before the Iran War

Division in the ranks of the conservative movement is a critical sign that a war with Iran isn't inevitable

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It’s Time for NATO to Go the Way of the Warsaw Pact

Donald Trump stole the headlines, but the declaration from the recent NATO summit suggests the odds of an unnecessary conflict

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Will The Trump Administration Attack Iran?

War with Iran may not be imminent, but neither was war with Iraq in late 2001

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The Multiple Facets Of The Russia Problem

Donald Trump was one of the many bets the Russians routinely place, recognizing that while most such bets will never

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Making Sense Of U.S. Moves In The Middle East

With President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talking openly about a possible “escalation between us and the

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Pompeo, Religion, And Regime Change In Iran

The former Kansas congressman and now Secretary of State in the Trump administration once told his constituents in Wichita, “The

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Trump’s Latin America Policy: Send in the Troops

President Trump reporteldy has spent a considerable amount of time advocating a U.S. invasion of Venezuela. If Trump and

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What’s Behind Trump’s Assault on Europe

Contrary to popular opinion, President Trump is attacking Europe and siding with Russia for political — not just personal — reasons. If

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Fear Of An Irish Settlement Boycott

The Irish Senate passed a bill last week that would criminalize doing any business, in goods or services, with Israeli

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Mattis, Pompeo, Kelly, Bolton, Coats: Resign Now

Since the secretary of defense, secretary of state, White House chief of staff, national security advisor, and director of national

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Trump Goes To Europe: Performing Triage

Backing away from US global responsibilities, shared with other countries, would require not just that President Trump use the powers

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The Middle East In Trump’s Wake

The Trumpian new regional order in the Middle East is predicated on strongman rule, disregard for human rights, Sunni primacy

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Nuclear Diplomacy With North Korea And Iran: Let The Comparisons Begin

A comparison of U.S. nuclear diplomacy with Iran and the current version with North Korea puts the former in

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Promoting Islamophobia In America

Numerous high profile Trump administration officials maintain close ties with anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists. In today’s America, disparaging Islam

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Pompeo Digs A Deeper Hole For US Iran Policy

The Trump administration’s nuclear proliferation policy is now in meltdown, one which no threat of “steely resolve”—in Secretary

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Infinite War

Congressional midterm elections are just months away and another presidential election already looms. Who will be the political leader with

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Tomorrow’s Terror Today

To bolster the president’s arguments for cutting back immigration, the administration recently released a fear-mongering report about future

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Taking The U.S. Commission On International Religious Freedom From Bad To Worse

The recent appointment of purveyors of anti-Muslim rhetoric to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom exposes the

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Trump’s Iran Sanctions Are an Obvious Prelude to War

Are new U.S. sanctions designed to produce a "better" Iran nuclear deal or to justify going to war

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The Case Against Dismantling The Iran Deal: A View From Israel

Israel, which is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, is paradoxically among the principal beneficiaries of the

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Pompeo’s Plan B On Iran: An Exercise In Futility

The US is suffering from the delusions of a hegemonic power that can no longer impose its will on other

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US And Russia Compete To Privatize Syrian War

Significant numbers of military combat operations across the globe are being outsourced to the private sector with little accountability, including

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Religion Corrupting Policy—And Vice Versa

Among the many disturbing images from the ceremony redesignating a U.S. consulate building in Jerusalem as the new U

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A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine

The costs of America’s "war on terror," still spreading in the Trump era, are incalculable. Just look at photos

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Thus Begins The Bolton Administration

President Trump is a very powerful boat with no rudder. Unfortunately, John Bolton is now his rudder. Which effectively means

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After The Iran Deal Pullout: Whose Plan B?

Given the chaotic policymaking process in the White House, Iran policy will likely be implemented in an ad hoc fashion

Follow The Money: Three Billionaires Paved Way For Trump’s Iran Deal Withdrawal

Donald Trump and the GOP are deeply indebted to anti-Iran deal billionaires who aren’t afraid to advocate for

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Trump Trashes Diplomacy, Opens Path To War With Iran

  Lobelog   President Trump’s decision to violate and withdraw from

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Oman: Between Iran And A Hard Place

Oman has been careful to maintain strong relations with Iran despite the escalating anti-Iran rhetoric amongst its Gulf neighbours

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War And The Imperial Presidency

Contrary to popular opinion, the Corker-Kaine bill, ostensibly aimed at reining in executive authority to wage war, would rubber

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Netanyahu Makes A Case For The JCPOA

The last time that a U.S. administration kicked out of a Middle Eastern country international inspectors who were getting

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Shmuley Boteach’s China Hypocrisy

Shmuley Boteach, “celebrity rabbi” and outspoken supporter of Donald Trump, is enamored with his sugar-daddy, Sheldon Adelson, conveniently overlooking

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Thinking About The Thinkable

Both in and out of government, there is insufficient “thinking about the thinkable” and no replication of the strategic analyses

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The End Of US National Interest

Two weeks ago Donald Trump signalled that he wanted to get U.S. troops out of Syria. Then last week

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New Deals, Old Deals, And Non-Deals With Iran

The discussions at the White House with French President Emmanuel Macron about devising, in Macron’s words, a “new deal

What To Do In Syria

Other than the cynical political interests in Moscow and Tehran, there is no conceivable rationale for wanting Bashar al-Assad

Non-Accomplishment In Syria

The reality is that the Assad regime is winning the Syrian civil war, and this matters far less to U

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‘Modernization’ Is Media Code for Military Build-Up

An effective rhetorical tool to normalize military build-ups is to characterize spending increases “modernization

The Pentagon Is Planning a Three-Front ‘Long War’ Against China and Russia

The Pentagon has officially announced that that "long war" against terrorism is drawing to a close — even as many counterinsurgency

Erik Prince And Big Data

Revelations that data-consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used ill-gotten personal information from Facebook for the Trump campaign masks the

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The Dolls Of Militarism

As the United States enters the second spring of the Trump era, it’s creeping ever closer to more war

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Big Brother Isn’t Watching You — You’re Watching Him!

We meet Donald Trump in the media every hour of every day, which blots out much of the rest of

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End Of Hope For Trump’s Middle East Policy

Is the U.S. heading into another Mideast war? While President Trump most likely would like to stop short of

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Trump’s Choice Of Bolton Satisfies His Biggest Donor

While Sheldon Adelson may have gotten his wish to have the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem, he still hasn

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The Iran Deal Is Dead, Long Live The Iran Deal

New NSA John Bolton represents an existential threat to the Iran nuclear deal and any hopes for peace in the

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Does The Road To Korean Denuclearization Run Through Tehran?

Hardliners at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies are working overtime to convince the Trump administration to "fix" the nuclear

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North Korea Is Not Iran

North Korea and Iran both understand the lesson of Libya: Muammar Qaddafi, a horrifyingly brutal dictator, gave up his nuclear

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Europe, Iran Baffled By US Position On Nuclear Deal

Europe loathes having to choose between Tehran and Washington, and thus it will spare no efforts to avoid the choice

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How A Persian Gulf Security Agreement Could Serve U.S. Interests

Key members of Trump's cabinet should recognize the realism behind encouraging a Saudi- and Iranian-backed regional security agreement

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Israel Could Face A Regional Shiite Army In Lebanon

Given that Israel failed to defeat Hezbollah in its war in Lebanon in 2006, it’s difficult to imagine Israel

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Entertaining Our Way Into Falsehoods

Donald Trump should never be excused of responsibility for tearing down the respect for truth, but a foundation for his

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How The Pentagon Devours The Budget

It would be a welcome change in twenty-first-century America if the reckless decision to throw yet more unbelievable

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A Nuclear Deal With Iran Remains The Least Bad Option

President Trump and his advisers ought to ask themselves whether it is in the U.S. interest to run the

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The Privatization Of U.S. Foreign Policy

The unethical blurring of private interests and public business, which increasingly involves U.S. foreign policy, is a hallmark of

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Can Russia Succeed Where America Failed In The Middle East?

Just as dissatisfaction with American policy has led many in the Middle East to turn toward Moscow, dissatisfaction with Russian

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Neocons Call For War Against Iran In Syria After Israeli Strikes

The usual neocon suspects, including at the American Enterprise Institute and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, are making a

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Israeli Annexation And A Silent International Community

Between Israel's looming Annexation Bill, and the much-feared Trump "Peace Plan," the Palestinians are out of option amid

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Israel’s New Admirers: The White Nationalist Right

The growing admiration of Israel among white nationalists should be giving all Israelis a lot more pause than it is

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Assessing The Afghan War

After 16 years of US war in Afghanistan, the latest report from the Department of Defense indicates there is no

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Except For Syria, Middle East Disappeared From Network News In 2017

An annual report on the top news items in the media shows that, except for the ongoing civil war in

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Qatar’s Anti-Bullying Narrative

Qatar is working overtime to cast itself as a sympathetic character in its ongoing conflict with Saudi Arabia

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Big Surprise: Rich Globalists Love Trump

In Davos, Trump shed his isolationist image and was warmly embraced by the community of wealthy internationalists

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UNRWA launches $800 million emergency appeal

With the United States withholding nearly one-third of the funding for the UN Palestinian refugee aid agency, UNRWA appeals

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Stoking War with Iran Courts Disaster

President Trump and his Iranophobe supporters are itching for a war with Iran, without any consideration of the disastrous consequences

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Donald Trump & Kim Jong-Un Need To Find A Diplomatic Off-Ramp

The war of words and nuclear threats between the United States and North Korea make a peaceful resolution to the

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Donald Trump’s Marine Corps Presidency: The Few…The Proud…The Unhinged

The new White House chief of staff, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, is anything but non-partisan or apolitical

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The Fall of Netanyahu: Too Little, Too Late

The prospects of Benjamin Netanyahu continuing as Israel’s prime minister are growing dim. But for those of us outside

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Fired NSC Staffer Had History of Spreading Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theories

Rich Higgins, the recently fired director for strategic planning at the National Security Council, once said in an interview on

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Provoking Iran into Tearing up the 2015 Nuclear Deal

This is how the Trump administration could try to use the IAEA to spur Iran to back out of the

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Dire Consequences if Trump Pulls out of Iran Deal

President Trump seems determined to go forward with a very hostile program toward Iran, and, although a baseless US pullout

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It’s Time for Washington and Riyadh to Defuse the War Hysteria

The time has come for a new set of partnerships to be contemplated between the United States and Middle East

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Erik Prince to Prince bin Zayed: The Private Military Connection

Erik Prince is back. He’s not only pitching colonial capitalism in DC. He’s huckstering ex-SF-led armies

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New Neocon Mantra: Iran, like Soviet Union, on Verge of Collapse

Encouraged by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement late last month that Washington favors “peaceful” regime change in Iran

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The Plummeting of U.S. Standing in the World

When asked about “confidence in the U.S. president to do the right thing in world affairs,” 22 percent of

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New Revelations of the US in Iran

A much-awaited new State Department volume covering the period 1951 to 1954 does not reveal much new about the

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Debunking Myths that Fuel Irresponsible U.S. Defense Policy

As debate continues around the Trump administration’s arms sales and defense spending, am new book suggests several ways to

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The Folly of the Next Afghan “Surge”

Lobelog We walked in a single file. Not because it

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The Growing Danger of War With Iran

War with Iran remains a very real possibility. Citizens and members of Congress need to be fully aware of the

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Rights Activists Praise Corker’s Hold on Arms Sales to Gulf States

“Senator Corker’s action should send a clear message to Saudi Arabia and the UAE that there are some limits

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GCC Split Is a Blow to US Regional Policy

The Trump administration appears to have been surprised by this breach among its friends in the critical Gulf strategic area

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The Trump Effect on EU-Iran Relations

A recent vote in the European Parliament shows how President Trump's relentless hostility to Iran is likely to isolate

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David Albright’s Hidden Talents

The head of the Institute for Science and International Security—aka “the Good ISIS”—recently demonstrated again his penchant for

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Trump Is No Realist

Trump has exhibited a general preference for authoritarians over democrats, and that preference already has had impact on his foreign

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Trump’s Alignment with Sunni Autocrats Masks Shallow Understanding of Region

The President went to the region as a deal maker and a salesman for American weapon manufacturing. He talked about

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Trump Betrays Israel, Undermines Global Trust in US

Although the Comey memo scandal may well turn out to be what brings Trump down, this breach of trust may

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Ignoring the Costs of War

Congress and the public acquiesce in another military intervention or a sharp escalation of one of the U.S. wars

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Disparaging Diplomacy

Trump’s reorganization of the foreign policy bureaucracy is an ideologically driven agenda for undermining the power and effectiveness of

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Demand for Lower Peacekeeping Dues to Pit US Against UN

Spurred by anti-internationalist sentiment among conservative Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration, the US is headed for a

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Bannon Down, Pentagon Up, Neocons In?

Decent developments in the Trump administration indicate that the neoconservatives, at one point on the margins of Washington's new

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What Does an “America-First” Foreign Policy Actually Mean?

As the end of Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president approaches, it seems that his version of an

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Syria: Neocons Get Almost Giddy

Hopeful that Donald Trump may actually be their kind of guy, neoconservatives are full of praise for the cruise-missile

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Bannon’s Ouster from NSC Certainly Can’t Hurt

Steve Bannon's removal from the NSC's Principals Committee doesn’t mean that he’s gone from the White

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AIPAC’s Legislative Wish List

Promoting sanctions that could undermine the Iran nuclear deal, pushing security assistance for Israel, combatting BDS, and more

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Iran‘s Waiting Game With Trump?

Contrary to some wishful thinking following the Trump administration’s decision to “put Iran on notice” and seemingly restore U

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Israel and Russia: A Crisis Brews for Trump

"The fundamental conflict at the heart of Israeli-Russian views on Syria is that Israel’s redline is the establishment

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AIPAC Gave $60K to Architect of Trump’s Muslim Ban

AIPAC has done more than just tolerate the U.S. tilt toward extreme and often xenophobic views. Newly released tax

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Friedman Vote: Will Democrats Stand up to Israel’s Settlements?

It would have been hard for Trump to find someone with more extreme positions than David Friedman for U.S

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Trump’s Executive Order Is an Existential Threat to America

Just as the “bogeyman” of the Mexican rapist and drug dealer is used to justify the Wall and mass immigration

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Trump’s Muddled Russia Policy

Although the mainstream media narrative about Trump’s Russia ties has been fairly linear, in reality the situation appears to

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Trump’s Pentagon Budget Boost: Shades of Ronald Reagan

Reagan’s military buildup had little justification, though the military was rebuilding after the Vietnam disaster. Today, there is almost

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Foreign Policy and Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

The very idea of any U.S. president putting his personal financial interests ahead of the U.S. national interest

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The United States of Permanent War

The new US administration is continuing a state of war that has existed for 16 years

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The Promise and Peril of H.R. McMaster

Will Trump's new national security adviser H.R. McMaster counsel caution with respect to Iran or advocate an ill

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No to Palestinian Peace Envoy: US to UN

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley's veto of former Palestinian-Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as the UN

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The Empty-Headedness of K.T. McFarland

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New Iranian President; Same Old US Approach

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Israel Unlikely to Stay on Syrian Sidelines for Much Longer

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Costs to U.S. taxpayers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will run between four and six trillion dollars

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Obama Administration Reveals Deep Divisions on Syria Policy

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Few Hopes for Iran Breakthrough

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Israeli Activists Invite Palestinian Vote

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Israel dominated the Senate hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary

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Setbacks Push Mideast Peace to Back Burner

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If reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays true to his political survivalism, he’ll take his coalition toward the

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Israel’s centrist parties gained ground in the country’s recent elections, but it’s unlikely to result in any

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Obama to Accelerate Handover to Afghan Army

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President Obama’s appointment of Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon will likely prove contentious, even as his appointment of

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One night in 1979, bombs dropped from the sky, killing 16 members of Ismail’s family

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Groups Decry Obama’s Failure to Close Guantanamo

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U.N.‘s Last Stand on Divisive Arms Trade Treaty

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Neo-Cons, Israel Lobby Mobilize to Pre-empt Obama Pentagon Favorite

Neocons and leaders of the powerful Israel lobby are waging an all-out campaign to pre-empt the nomination by

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Iranian Bomb Graph Appears Adapted from One on Internet

A graph released to the AP by the International Atomic Energy Agency last November, which purportedly suggested that Iran had

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Rate of U.S., Russian Nuclear Disarmament “Slowing”

The U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals account for over 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons—and the

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Washington Struggles for Relevance as Assad’s Fall Approaches

Many of the best armed Syrian rebel groups—and therefore the most likely to wield influence in a post-Assad

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Syria Opposition Wins International Backing

The Syrian National Coalition—the new Syrian opposition umbrella group—recently won recognition from the more than 100 countries in

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Attack Brings Renewed Strength for Hamas

An Israeli assault on Gaza has fortified the previously dwindling Palestinian support for Hamas … again

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More Voices Urge Obama to Rein In Netanyahu

In light of the Israeli government’s decision to build thousands of new settlement units in retaliation for the UN

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Israel Rains Fire When UN Votes Against It

Whenever the UN chastises Israel, the reaction from the Jewish state is highly predictable: either launch a military strike on

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Despite Growing Violence, Syrian Political Equation Unchanged

Even as Syria’s rebels advance on Damascus and reorganize their political leadership, the political calculus of the concerned parties

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Thumbs Up for Palestine, Thumb in the Eye for Peace

With its opposition to an elevated diplomatic recognition for Palestine, Netanyahu’s government is signaling its opposition not just to

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A conference to establish a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East has been derailed, with the United States arguing

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Beneath the hawkish bluster on Capitol Hill, many observers and seasoned security officials see peaceful negotiations—followed by containment, if

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Israel Ranked World’s Most Militarised Nation

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Hamas Military Chief Killed in Israeli Attack

A fresh wave of Israeli strikes on Gaza has opened up with the assassination of Ahmad Jabari, the Hamas military

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Syrian Opposition Rebrands as Rebels Advance

Syrian opposition groups have organized under a new umbrella in an effort to appease foreign benefactors

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Netanyahu’s 2010 Order Was Not a Move to War on Iran

Reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli military to prepare for a strike on Iran in 2010

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U.S.: Greater Middle East Dominates the Last Debate

The Middle East stole the show at the last debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

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The popular memory of the Cuban missile crisis—one in which the United States simply forced the Soviets to back

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U.S.: Greater Middle East Dominates the Last Debate

The Middle East stole the show at the last debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

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Egypt and U.S. Step Past Crisis

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When the Israeli Prime Minister stood before the UN General Assembly and called for action against Iran’s alleged nuclear

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Nobel Laureate Calls for Armed Intervention in Nigeria

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U.N. Chief Jabs Media for Overblown Coverage of Hate Crimes

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U.S. to Take Iran Anti-Regime Group Off Terrorism List

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Amid Tension in Islamic World, U.N. Chief Pleads for Harmony

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U.S., Israeli Attacks Unlikely to Destroy Iran’s Nuclear Programme

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Black-market weapons from Libya’s civil war are turning up from Nigeria to Syria as former fighters look to

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Israelis Brace Dubiously for War With Iran

Many Israelis don’t seem to believe that war with Iran is inevitable—but they’re picking up gas masks

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In Israel, Opposition to Attacking Iran Gains Upper Hand

Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak appear more isolated than ever within Israel in their support for a unilateral Israeli strike

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Washington’s War Drums Drown out Opportunities for Peace in Syria

Armed insurrection is not the only way to bring down the Assad regime, and the strengthening of armed groups directly

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Q&A: U.S. Should Encourage NATO-Led Assistance to Syrian Opposition

One former CIA agent believes that NATO, via Turkey, should provide arms and a safe haven for the armed Syrian

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Israel’s Iran War Talk Aims at Deal for Tougher U.S. Policy

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is ratcheting up the threat of a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran to badger the

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U.S. Denies Consensus with Israel on Iran Nuclear Threat

The United States is pushing back against a controversial claim by the Israeli Defense Minister that the U.S. now

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High-Level Defections, Escalating Violence Mark New Phase of Syrian Uprising

High-ranking officials have begun to defect from the Syrian regime in record numbers, although the opposition remains fragmented and

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TURKEY: Caught Between Syria’s Kurds and a Hard Spot

Recent gains by rebellious Syrian Kurds have unnerved the Turkish government and media

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Israeli Group Maps Palestinian Removals

One right-wing Israeli group has taken it upon itself to map Palestinian villages in the West Bank—with the