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Eurasia Security Watch - No. 315
Bulletins - April 22, 2014

Saudis lead Middle East military spending;

US blacklists Egyptian extremist group;
Libyan oil conflict update;
Opposition says Assad targeting Christians
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 313
Bulletins - March 28, 2014

Israelis, Palestinians at odds over recognition of Jewish state;
AQ may use Syria as launching pad for attacks on West;
528 Morsi supporters sentenced to death;
Saudi sentences suspects for aiding extremists;
Iraq's election commission resigns; 29 die in attacks on Tuesday

America Isn't Buying Al-Jazeera
Articles - March 11, 2014

What happens when you spend hundreds of millions of dollars to mold American public opinion about the Middle East, but no one pays attention? The region's premier media outlet is finding out the answer the hard wa

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 145
Bulletins - March 11, 2014

Back to a "resistance" economy;
Back to business as usual with Beijing...; Iran works to improve investment climate;
IAEA plays politics with Iran nuke data;
Iranian arms to Iraq;
New Iranian  weapons shipment to Gaza seized

Barack Obama’s Got A Rosy Take On Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas
Articles - March 6, 2014

The U.S. focus on Ukraine has shifted attention away from this week’s remarkable set of exchanges, direct and indirect, between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that speaks additional volumes about Obama’s take on prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The Disarmament Fallacy
Articles - March 4, 2014

The campaign to reach “global zero” — the elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide — has become a cause celebre among an array of retired statesmen, as well as an important policy priority of President Obama himself. But this effort is handicapped by its adoption of several seriously wrong-headed assumptions, positions and ideas that U.S. media outlets have tended to swallow without careful scrutiny.

New York Times Defaults To Insanity On Syria
Articles - February 20, 2014

"What's Next for Syria?" the New York Times headlined its latest editorial on the subject this week. Its answer reflects the mushy-headed thinking that all too often emanates these days from America's "paper of record."

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 320
Bulletins - January 17, 2014

Missiles in Kaliningrad raise tension with NATO;
An Israeli honor for an American missile defense champion;
Another step forward for Israeli defense

The Unique Tragedy of the Palestinian Refugees
Articles - December 18, 2013

UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, is tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees. The films, pictures, slides and prints the organization has collected on the refugees' plight will now be displayed in Jerusalem's Old City in an exhibit entitled "The Long Journey," which will then tour Europe and North America. The images, available online, are heartbreakingly powerful and emotive.

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 304
Bulletins - November 26, 2013

Baghdad will allow Kurds to pump oil in Turkey;
Syria's chemical weapons may be destroyed at sea;
Egypt hosts top Russian officials

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 303
Bulletins - November 18, 2013

Brotherhood banned and fleeing Egypt;
Al qaeda influence spreads in Syria, peace talks delayed;
Brotherhood leader arrested in Egypt

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 301
Bulletins - October 30, 2013

Egypt's Sisi could be the next president;
Egypt plans LNG imports despite Israeli gas offers;
Syrian opposition unsure about Geneva 2

Chemical Belly of the Syrian Beast
Articles - October 22, 2013

With civil war raging, Syria, a state sponsor of terror, has attacked its own people with chemical weapons and attempted to skirt international sanctions. The United States, the EU, Russia and the UN must identify the full extent of the threat and eliminate Syria's chemical weapons capacity

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 297
Bulletins - September 23, 2013

MB spokeman arrested in Egypt;
National dialogue talks in Bahrain on hold;
Oil prices ease on Libya, Syria news

AFPC Iran Strategy Brief: Iran’s Naval Ambitions
Books - September 2013

As Iraq and Afghanistan fade from prominence for American military strategists and diplomats, Iran is bound to take their place as a primary security concern for the U.S. and its allies. Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its support for radical Shi’a forces and terrorist organizations in the region pose significant dangers to the United States, its deployed forces and its allies. But for all the focus on Iran’s land-based operations, Iran’s maritime reorganization and naval advancemen present troubling challenges as well.

Syria Remains An Explosive Problem
Articles - September 10, 2013

Barack Obama owes Vladimir Putin. Big time. That's the only conclusion one can draw from the president's nationally televised address on Syria on Tuesday evening. In it, Obama talked tough, highlighting the need to hold the Assad regime to account for its atrocities. But he also made clear that plans for U.S. military action have been deferred, perhaps even tabled, pending the results of Russia's plan to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control — a proposal that Damascus has hastily accepted.

In Syria, Go After Banks Before Bombs
Articles - September 6, 2013

As the White House considers taking military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians, the president has turned to Congress to authorize airstrikes. Lawmakers weighing their decision on the most consequential policy vote since the 2002 authorization for war in Iraq should encourage the President to also consider using an additional tool to force the Syrian regime to change course: stepping up economic warfare against Syrian banks and institutions that do business with them.

U.S. Credibility Already In Tatters Over Syria
Articles - September 4, 2013

The congressional debate over whether to support President Barack Obama's call for military action against Syria will revolve around the issue of "U.S. credibility," but here's the sobering fact: U.S. credibility around the world has already taken a huge hit due to White House actions of recent weeks.

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 137
Bulletins - September 4, 2013

Iran's illicit finance hubs;
Rouhani starts to tackle Iran's economic malaise;
Second thoughts on Syria?

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 294
Bulletins - September 3, 2013

New Egypt PM says no Brotherhood ban;
Jordan will not be used for attack on Syria;
Opposition reports chemical weapons used in Syria