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Will Syria's Strife Rip Lebanon Apart?

Will Syria's Strife Rip Lebanon Apart?

The assassination of Lebanese security chief brigadier general Wissam Hassan on October 19 has rekindled fears of renewed confessional strife in Lebanon. The anti-Assad opposition quickly blamed the Syrian regime for eliminating one of its foremost Beirut opponents while enraged demonstrators took ...

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Europe, Unemployment and Instability

Europe, Unemployment and Instability

The global financial crisis of 2008 has slowly yielded to a global unemployment crisis. This unemployment crisis will, fairly quickly, give way to a political crisis. The crisis involves all three of the major pillars of the global system -- Europe, China and the United States. The level ...

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The Real Meaning of the New Argentina-Iran Agreement

The Real Meaning of the New Argentina-Iran Agreement

There is a new deal brewing between Argentina and Iran in order to improve relations between the two counties, which have been on shaky ground ever since the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in 1992 and the Jewish community headquarters (AMIA) in 1994. Though Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy, was widely ...

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Be Careful: Russia is Back to Stay in the Middle East

Be Careful: Russia is Back to Stay in the Middle East

Russia is back. President Vladimir Putin wants the world to acknowledge that Russia remains a global power. He is making his stand in Syria. 

The Soviet Union acquired the Tardus Naval Port in Syria in 1971 without any real purpose for it. With their ships welcomed in Algeria, Cuba or Vietnam, ...

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Iran’s Attempted Rapprochement with Egypt: Implications for Sunni-Shiite Relations

Iran’s Attempted Rapprochement with Egypt: Implications for Sunni-Shiite Relations

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China Tests Japanese and U.S. Patience

China Tests Japanese and U.S. Patience

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned Beijing that Tokyo is losing patience with China's assertive maritime behavior in the East and South China seas, suggesting China consider the economic and military consequences of its actions. His warning followed similar statements from Washington ...

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The Muslim Contradiction Part 4

The Muslim Contradiction Part 4

Recommend our readers read previous Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

The expectation of Shiite Muslims for the return of the 12th imam can, as we saw in the attack on the great mosque in Mecca on November 20th 1979 (see the previous issue of Dispatch International), make Shiites take on an almost ...

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United States and Israel: A Shared Strategy for the Challenges of the Middle East

 United States and Israel:  A Shared Strategy for the Challenges of the Middle East

Background

President Obama's upcoming visit to Israel, along with the formation of a new Israeli government, is an opportunity for the United States and Israel to formulate a joint strategy toward the challenges of the Middle East. The two countries view the main trends in the region with concern: ...

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The US and Iran: Pre-Negotiation Maneuvering

The US and Iran: Pre-Negotiation Maneuvering

The United States and Iran are exchanging tough messages on possible negotiations towards a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear weapons crisis. Both sides are presenting conditions for direct negotiations, which would be the first of their kind. In international relations theory this ...

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