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Turning Point in Syria

The Syrian regime is in deep trouble. The Friday protests against the regime are much larger with each passing week, forcing President Assad to seek help from Iran to crush the uprising. The use of violence has only enlarged the crowds, and now, according to the Reform Party of Syria, the Syrian ...

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China and the End of the Deng Dynasty

China and the End of the Deng Dynasty

Beijing has become noticeably more anxious than usual in recent months, launching one of the more high-profile security campaigns to suppress political dissent since the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. Journalists, bloggers, artists, ...

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Oops! An Assassin of Anwar Sadat Explains The Law of Unintended Consequences

Oops! An Assassin of Anwar Sadat Explains The Law of Unintended Consequences

This is fascinating for a totally unexpected reason. It illustrates the law of unintended consequences, which is perhaps the single most important concept to keep in mind when examining the Middle East right now.

Abboud al-Zumar was a leader in the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (a group now associated with ...

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Iraqi Government in Crisis – Sectarianism, Corruption and Dissent

Iraqi Government in Crisis – Sectarianism, Corruption and Dissent

Introduction

It took nine months after the Iraqi parliamentary election in March 2010 for a new government to be formed, in a process dotted by bargaining, haggling, threats, compromises and even foreign intervention. It took the political skills of Masoud Barazani, the president of Kurdistan ...

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The United Nations grants Accreditation to Pro-Hamas Movement

The United Nations grants Accreditation to Pro-Hamas Movement

A UN committee grants accreditation to the anti-Israeli pro-Hamas Free Palestine Movement (FPM). The FPM is headed by Paul Larudee, an active participant in organizing flotillas to the Gaza Strip, including the upgraded one scheduled for May 2011.

Overview

1. In August 2010 the UN Committee on the ...

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Russia in the New Middle East

The shocks that have lately rocked the Middle East surprised Russia, along with many other international actors, and the new reality, marked by general instability and uncertainty, has left it at a loss for action. However, Russia’s strong desire to maintain its status in the Middle East has driven ...

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The Mullahs Rescue Assad

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is in big trouble. It has killed over 200 civilians since the anti-government uprising began, but the unrest is spreading across the country. Assad has been forced to turn to Iran for help, and now, the Reform Party of Syria has just revealedthat the ...

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Yemen Strategic Exercise

Yemen Strategic Exercise

The United States has not developed a coherent strategic approach toward Yemen despite the presence in that country of an aggressive and entrenched al Qaeda affiliate that has already attempted to conduct attacks on American soil. In spite of the obvious need to formulate a strategy ...

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The Arab Risings, Israel and Hamas

The Arab Risings, Israel and Hamas

There was one striking thing missing from the events in the Middle East in past months: Israel. While certainly mentioned and condemned, none of the demonstrations centered on the issue of Israel. Israel was a side issue for the demonstrators, with the focus being on replacing unpopular rulers.

This ...

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