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Libya After Gadhafi: Transitioning from Rebellion to Rule

Libya After Gadhafi: Transitioning from Rebellion to Rule

With the end of the Gadhafi regime seemingly in sight, it is an opportune time to step back and revisit one of the themes we discussed at the beginning of the crisis: What comes after the Gadhafi regime?  

As the experiences of recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan have vividly illustrated, ...

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Israeli-Arab Crisis Approaching

Israeli-Arab Crisis Approaching

In September, the U.N. General Assembly will vote on whether to recognize Palestine as an independent and sovereign state with full rights in the United Nations. In many ways, this would appear to be a reasonable and logical step. Whatever the Palestinians once were, they are clearly a nation in ...

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Cyprus Endgame

Within the next year the tragic division of Cyprus in 1974 will either be brought to an end or confirmed. That is, if UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon or Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan are to be believed.

At a meeting between the two Cypriot leaders, Demetris Christofias and Dervis ...

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Hezbollah Official: Destroy Israel After U.S. Leaves Iraq Posted

Hezbollah Official: Destroy Israel After U.S. Leaves Iraq Posted

When an enemy gives insight into his strategic thinking, it pays to listen. A Hezbollah member of Lebanon’s parliament, retired Brigadier-General Walid Sakariya, predictsthat Israel will be destroyed by a “Shiite crescent” in a war with hundreds of thousands of deaths. This war, he says, can ...

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The Chinese Chief of Staff Visits Israel: Renewing Military Relations?

The Chinese Chief of Staff Visits Israel: Renewing Military Relations?

 On August 14, 2011 General Chen Bingde, the Chinese Chief of Staff, arrived on a state visit to Israel. Although the visit it not expected to generate a profound change in the bilateral military ties, it has aroused a great ...

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Saudi Arabia: Redrawing the Map of Regional Alliances

In contrast to the international and Arab response toward Qaddafi, the Arab states have hesitated to adopt an assertive stance against Asad. Yet five months and two thousand dead later, different voices are starting to emerge: first, the joint statement by the Gulf Cooperation Council, which called ...

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Geopolitical Journey: Indonesia's Global Significance

Geopolitical Journey: Indonesia's Global Significance

I am writing this from Indonesia. Actually, that is not altogether a fair statement. I am at the moment in Bali and just came from Jakarta. The two together do not come close to being Indonesia. Jakarta, the capital, is a vast city that is striking to me for its traffic. It takes an enormous amount ...

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Between Resignation and Apology: Israel-Turkey Relations and the Silent Revolution

The announcement by the Turkish military's Chief of Staff and the top commanders of the land forces, navy, and air force of their early retirement represents the final stamp in the process of the military’s neutralization as a significant domestic political player. This process lies at the core of ...

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Spotlight on Iran Week Update July 28, 2011

Spotlight on Iran Week Update July 28, 2011

Highlights of the week

  • Strong reactions to assassination of another Iranian scientist

  • Schism in conservative camp as preparations for Majles elections gather momentum

  • Government critics: government conceals information on state of economy from public and Majles

  • Concerns over third outbreak ...

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