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A Possible US-Russian Arrangement and Implications for the Middle East

INSS Insight No. 139

We have recently been witness to a new US initiative launched by the Obama administration for dialogue with Russia that affects both the bilateral and global levels. The American proposal, which generated several top level meetings, including with presidents and foreign ...

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Twenty Years After the Fall

Stratfor.com

We are now at the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of the collapse of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe. We are also nearing the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union itself. This is more than simply a moment for reflection -- it is a ...

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Will the Media Notice The Obama Administration's Middle East Failure?

Will the Media Notice The Obama Administration's Middle East Failure?

Reality Raises Its Head and the Media Wakes Up About The Obama Administration's Middle East Failure

There's something big happening in the air regarding American media coverage of the Obama Administration. With the Washington Post in advance, the New York Times waking up the tiniest bit, the Los ...

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Obama and the U.S. Strategy of Buying Time

Making sense of U.S. President Barack Obama's strategy at this moment is difficult. Not only is it a work in progress, but the pending decisions he has to make -- on Iran, Afghanistan and Russia -- tend to obscure underlying strategy. It is easy to confuse inaction with a lack of strategy. Of ...

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Who's Minding The Store?

Long ago at Jihad Watch I posted about the destruction, through Islam-inspired vandalism, of statuary both in churches in Northern France and in Rome, in the Piazza del Popolo. Remember: statues are banned in Islam. Why? Because a famous hadith has Muhammad saying that he would not enter a house ...

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Russia Rearming

While the President of the United States is equivocating over troop support in Afghanistan and reducing defense spending at home, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is demanding greater efficiency from Russia's arms production facilities, which, he says, already produces "efficient and extremely ...

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Turkey: An Ally No More

Turkey: An Ally No More

First published in The Jerusalem Post

"There is no doubt he is our friend," Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, says of Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, even as he accuses Israel's foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman of threatening to use nuclear weapons against Gaza. These ...

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"Migrating from the Saudi Peninsula to Somalia"

In a posting on an Al-Qaida web forum, a jihadist recounted his journey from Saudi Arabia to join the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement in Somalia, in the process providing valuable insight into the radicalization process and the logistics involved in waging jihad in a foreign land. Identifying the ...

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Mitchell's Mission Impossible

BESA Center Perspectives Papers No. 93, October 22, 2009

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Senator George Mitchell, US Special Envoy to the Middle East, has an impossible task. American clout in the region has waned over the years, and Mitchell faces a situation where a US president advocates a quick end to the ...

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