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Giving Iran The Store
Articles - October 7, 2014
 

Monday's reported explosion at Iran's secretive Parchin nuclear site - leaving two dead and shattering windows 12 kilometers away - is welcome news to those concerned about Tehran's nuclear progress, but it's likely a mere blip on what seems an increasingly smooth Iranian road to nuclear weaponry. 

For a host of reasons, Washington is growing ever-more desperate for a nuclear deal through which to claim a diplomatic victory, while Tehran is growing less concerned about the ultimate outcome of the ongoing talks and, not surprisingly, more intransigent about offering new concessions. 

 
Hamas: The Middle East's Other 'Cancer'
Articles - August 26, 2014
 

In the photo, Daniel Tragerman stands proudly next to his Lego tower. He wears a blue-and-white Lionel Messi jersey, dark shorts and sandals; brown bangs tickle his forehead, and he looks at us with a charming half-smile. He seems, like most four-year-olds, soft, innocent and irresistibly huggable. 

 
Kerry Needs to Come to His 'Senses'
Articles - July 29, 2014
 

Dear Mr. Secretary: 

I was struck by your recent observation about the Israel-Hamas conflict: “The world is watching tragic moment after tragic moment unfold and wondering when both sides are going to come to their senses.” 

I can only imagine your dismay, in light of the hopes that President Obama and you had placed in Israeli-Palestinian peace, and all of your jet-setting, tongue-flapping and arm-twisting to make it happen. To encourage both sides to come to their “senses,” however, I suggest that not only do they have important roles to play. So, too, do you. 

 
Follow Stephen Harper's Lead
Articles - July 15, 2014
 

"The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification," the nation's leader said this week. "It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region." He added, "Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions," saying that his nation "calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict." 

 
What Peace Process?
Articles - July 1, 2014
 

As the parents of three Israeli teens live their worst nightmare, their sons the latest victims of terror, the drama can now follow a well-worn path of Palestinian triumphalism, Israeli revenge and global moral blindness. It is but another teaching moment - lest anyone still needs one - about why Israeli-Palestinian peace will not come soon and why the basic assumptions behind the "peace process" are so off-base. 

 
Chaos In Syria Is Obama’s Own
Articles - June 16, 2014
 

It’s hard not to notice that the Obama administration’s foreign policy is on the skids. Increasingly, the critiques leveled at the administration from both left and right share a common theme: that U.S. foreign policy has become characterized by strategic drift, with serious consequences for American interests abroad. 

 
Don't Be Fooled By The Hamas-Fatah Union
Articles - June 3, 2014
 

The new Palestinian unity government of Fatah and Hamas puts the lie to fundamental assumptions on which the U.S. approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace have long rested, most prominently within the Obama administration.

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 317
Bulletins - May 5, 2014
 

Violent week in southern Jordan;
Assad seeks "re-election";
Egypt sentences top MB leader to death;
Middle East peace: Kerry throws in towel;
Al Qaeda central gives way to local affiliates

 

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 316
Bulletins - April 28, 2014
 

Syria's chemical weapons update;
Israel retaliates after more rockets form the Gaza strip;
Yemen working wit U.S. against al Qaeda;
Last rebel stronghold in Syria heavily bombed;
Jordanian returning from Syria arrested

 
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...;
...as 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