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U.S. and Iranian Realities

U.S. and Iranian Realities

U.S. President Barack Obama called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week in the first such conversation in the 34 years since the establishment of the Islamic Republic. The phone call followed tweets and public statements on both sides indicating a willingness to talk. Though far from an ...

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Strategy, Ideology and the Close of the Syrian Crisis

Strategy, Ideology and the Close of the Syrian Crisis

It is said that when famed Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich heard of the death of the Turkish ambassador, he said, "I wonder what he meant by that?" True or not, serious or a joke, it points out a problem of diplomacy. In searching for the meaning behind every gesture, diplomats ...

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Syria, America and Putin's Bluff

Syria, America and Putin's Bluff

In recent weeks I've written about U.S. President Barack Obama's bluff on Syria and the tightrope he is now walking on military intervention. There is another bluff going on that has to be understood, this one from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin is bluffing that Russia has emerged as ...

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China's Pivot to Latin America

China's Pivot to Latin America

The quest for global naval power runs parallel to competition for control of markets in Latin America.. The two largest world economies, the United States, and China are vying for control of these markets.

China has an enormous population of approximately 1.3 billion people but   is only ...

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Obama's Tightrope Walk

 Obama's Tightrope Walk

Last week began with certainty that an attack on Syria was inevitable and even imminent. It ended with the coalition supporting the attack somewhere between falling apart and not coming together, and with U.S. President Barack Obama making it clear that an attack was inevitable, maybe in a month or ...

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Analysis: The Regional Implications of a U.S. Strike on Syria

Analysis: The Regional Implications of a U.S. Strike on Syria

The Investigative Project on Terrorism

At the time of this writing, the United States appears to be making final preparations for a military strike on Syria in response to a chemical massacre perpetrated by the Assad regime against hundreds of civilians living in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus.

U.S.-led ...

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Obama's Bluff

Obama's Bluff

Images of multiple dead bodies emerged from Syria last week. It was asserted that poison gas killed the victims, who according to some numbered in the hundreds. Others claimed the photos were faked while others said the rebels were at fault. The dominant view, however, maintains that the al Assad ...

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The Death of the U.S.-Egypt Alliance

The Death of the U.S.-Egypt Alliance

President Obama’s misguided attempt to bend Egyptian political affairs in the Muslim Brotherhood’s favor is unravelling the carefully nurtured military and economic alliance between the United States and Egypt, which has served for decades to stabilize that vital part of the Middle East.

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How American Leaks May Help Arm Israel's Enemies

How American Leaks May Help Arm Israel's Enemies

The Investigative Project on Terrorism

Israel has struck four targets in Syria this year, according to international media reports, hitting shipments of Iranian and Russian weapons that were– or were about to be – moved to Hizballah's possession in Lebanon.

The most recent reported attack occurred ...

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