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Why Do All Sides of the Syrian Civil War Seem to Want Israel Involved?

Why Do All Sides of the Syrian Civil War Seem to Want Israel Involved?

Over the last few months, the diplomatic situation has worsened between Syria and Israel. This is all part of the building conflict of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his international supporters against the Free Syria Army (FSA) and its supporters. While Israel has tried to stay neutral, the two ...

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“Circles of the Righteous”: Vehicle for the Basij to Influence Iran’s Presidential Election Campaign

“Circles of the Righteous”: Vehicle for the Basij to Influence Iran’s  Presidential Election Campaign

The circles of the righteous are operated as part of a program to further the indoctrination of Basij members, applied since June 2008 in mosques across Iran that serve as Basij bases. According to the Basij chief, there are approximately 200 thousand such circles in the program. Each circle ...

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Geopolitical Journey: Europe, the Glorious and the Banal

Geopolitical Journey: Europe, the Glorious and the Banal

We flew into Lisbon and immediately rented a car to drive to the edge of the Earth and the beginning of the world. This edge has a name: Cabo de Sao Vicente. A small cape jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, it is the bitter end of Europe. Beyond this point, the world was once unknown to Europeans, ...

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Iran’s Plans to Take Over Syria

Iran’s Plans to Take Over Syria
  • In mid-April, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah paid a secret visit to Tehran where he met with the top Iranian officials headed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Gen. Qasem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard Corps. Suleimani prepared an operational plan ...

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Geopolitical Journey: Nostalgia for NATO

Geopolitical Journey: Nostalgia for NATO

Several years ago, I wrote a series of articles on a journey in Europe. It was intended both to be personal and to go beyond recent events or the abstract considerations of geopolitics. This week I begin another journey that will take me from Portugal to Singapore, and I thought that I would ...

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In Egypt, Tension Between Mursi Regime And Military, And Calls To Restore Armed Forces To Power

In Egypt, Tension Between Mursi Regime And Military, And Calls To Restore Armed Forces To Power

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After months in which the Egyptian military kept a low profile and refrained from direct involvement in politics, its reentrance into political matters has recently become apparent, and some in the armed forces and the opposition are even raising the possibility that it could return to ...

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Redlines and the Problems of Intervention in Syria

Redlines and the Problems of Intervention in Syria

The civil war in Syria, one of the few lasting legacies of the Arab Spring, has been under way for more than two years. There has been substantial outside intervention in the war. The Iranians in particular, and the Russians to a lesser extent, have supported the Alawites under Bashar al ...

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Challenges Continue After Maduro’s Election in Venezuela

Challenges Continue After Maduro’s Election in Venezuela

According to results reported by the national Elections Committee of Venezuela (CNE), Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s chosen successor and protege, won the Venezuelan presidential election by a skimpy margin of less than 2%. Once again the Chavistas won because they took advantage of huge state resources ...

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Beyond the Post-Cold War World

Beyond the Post-Cold War World

An era ended when the Soviet Union collapsed on Dec. 31, 1991. The confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union defined the Cold War period. The collapse of Europe framed that confrontation. After World War II, the Soviet and American armies occupied Europe. Both towered over the ...

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