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The Structural Shortcomings of the Kerry-Lavrov Syria Deal

The Structural Shortcomings of the Kerry-Lavrov Syria Deal

What transpired during the Geneva Syria talks does not inspire hope. The picture got even bleaker at the end of the talks when the regime delegation asked to postpone the next round of talks due to the Parliament election set ...

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Tehran and the Re-Making of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Tehran and the Re-Making of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Against all odds, Iran is trying to rebuild the bridges, blown by the downing of a Russian jet last October, between Moscow and Ankara. The Iranian initiative came in response to a Turkish request to see if there are ways ...

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The Countdown to Defeat ISIL in Mosul Begins Amid Political Troubles in Baghdad

The Countdown to Defeat ISIL in Mosul Begins Amid Political Troubles in Baghdad

The Obama administration chose to stand by Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi in the face of the political storm currently raging in Baghdad, while at the same time encouraging him to pursue his reforms. Ambassador Stuart Jones gave Abadi almost ...

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Brussel Terrorist Attack: Dealing with the Source of the Middle East Storm

Brussel Terrorist Attack: Dealing with the Source of the Middle East Storm

The terrorist attacks in Brussels Airport March 22, and in Ankara and Paris before that, are another reminder that the world has to focus on finding a way to deal with this “phenomena” of terrorism and its ideological source of ...

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