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Kings, Emirs and Shaykhs: The Survival of Traditional Regimes in the Persian Gulf

Kings, Emirs and Shaykhs: The Survival of Traditional Regimes in the Persian Gulf

During the early 1980s I was asked to give a briefing for the head of the Toyota auto company and other enterprises. It was just after the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and during the height of the Iran-Iraq war, so regional instability was much on the mind of everyone.

After I ...

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The Caucasus Cauldron

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited some interesting spots over the July 4 weekend. Her itinerary included Poland and Ukraine, both intriguing choices in light of the recent Obama-Medvedev talks in Washington. But she also traveled to a region that has not been on the American radar ...

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UN Security Council Resolution 242: Secure Borders are Condition for Peace

UN Security Council Resolution 242: Secure Borders are Condition for Peace

New Study: Israel's Critical Security Needs for a Viable Peace

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Resolution 242 adopted November 22, 1967 is the cornerstone for what it calls "a just and lasting peace." It calls for a negotiated solution based on "secure and recognized boundaries" - recognizing the flaws in ...

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Suppose Turkey Transfers U.S. Technology and Tactics to Iran and Syria

Suppose Turkey Transfers U.S. Technology and Tactics to Iran and Syria

JINSA Report #999

Ed. Note: Turkish media jumped on a sentence in JINSA Report #995 in which we worried about the potential compromise of Western military technology by Turkey as it expands its relations with Iran and Syria (and Brazil, Hamas and Hezbollah). We weren't the only ones worried. A ...

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Some Semi-Sanity from Europe: EU Foreign Ministers Make Partial Sense on Gaza, Iran

Some Semi-Sanity from Europe: EU Foreign Ministers Make Partial Sense on Gaza, Iran

Remember what I told you: if you want to know what policy is going to be, watch the governments, not the media. While the results of the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg were far from perfect, they also show the difference between decision-makers and opinion-makers on the Middle East.

First, ...

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The Kyrgyzstan Crisis and the Russian Dilemma

STRATFOR often discusses how Russia is on a bit of a roll. The U.S. distraction in the Middle East has offered Russia a golden opportunity to re-establish its spheres of influence in the region, steadily expanding the Russian zone of control into a shape that is eerily reminiscent of the old Soviet ...

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Déjà vu? France and the Gaza Flotilla

Déjà vu? France and the Gaza Flotilla

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: French government reaction to the flotilla affair has been tough, and is perceived by the Israeli mainstream as typical of the unjustified global diplomatic lynch Israel has been subjected to over the past two weeks. This threatens to undermine the trust that has been built-up in ...

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A Russian Made Disaster in Kyrgyzstan

A Russian Made Disaster in Kyrgyzstan

The violence unleashed in Kyrgyzstan is being spun as ethnic rioting. The reality is a good deal more complex, and the blame can be laid directly at Russia's door. Russia's coup against the Bakiyev government which took power in the Tulip Revolution leveraged Uzbek separatists in the Osh Province ...

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The Fourth Round of Sanctions on Iran

The Fourth Round of Sanctions on Iran

On June 9, 2010, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1929, imposing a fourth round of sanctions on Iran. Twelve members of the Security Council voted in favor; Brazil and Turkey, as expected, opposed the decision; and Lebanon abstained. In the words of the resolution, the Security Council ...

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