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Moscow Pushes a Deal between Damascus and its Opponents

Moscow Pushes a Deal between Damascus and its Opponents

More than the official proceedings of the Geneva-2 meeting, it could be that events behind the scene turn out to be real determinants of Syria’s future.   The deal that Moscow believed had been extracted from Bashar Al-Assad may be fading, ...

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The Wild Card at Geneva II: Kurdistan

The Wild Card at Geneva II:  Kurdistan

While the overriding focus of the first week of Geneva II negotiations has been on the issues of a ceasefire, humanitarian assistance to Homs and wrangling over the meaning of “transitional government” in the original Geneva I deal, a wild ...

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Huge Challenges Face Al Sisi as the Next President of Egypt

Huge Challenges Face Al Sisi as the Next President of Egypt

General Abdel Fatah Al Sisi has accepted the popular demand to run for president next April, finally “settling” the debate about whether he would actually run.  But Al Sisi is not the only military general running. There are signs that ...

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Behind the Scenes: Israel’s Greatest National Security Threat Is Isolation and Irrelevancy

Behind the Scenes: Israel’s Greatest National Security Threat Is Isolation and Irrelevancy

At this year’s World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, the Israel-Palestine showdown was center-stage–a fact that has been downplayed in most reports of the annual super-star event. Secretary of State John Kerry spent two hours in closed-door negotiations with Israeli ...

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