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Obama's Plan and the Key Battleground

Obama's Plan and the Key Battleground

U.S. President Barack Obama announced the broad structure of his Afghanistan strategy in a speech at West Point on Tuesday evening. The strategy had three core elements. First, he intends to maintain pressure on al Qaeda on the Afghan-Pakistani border and in other regions of the world.

Second, he ...

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Dubai: False Paradise

Dubai: False Paradise

The latest news stories tell us that wealthy Dubai is now in financial straits. That brings a new focus upon that magical land within the Arab world.

As usual, there's always more to the story.

Dubai has been promoted as a luxurious mid-east miracle, with gleaming structures, man-made islands and a ...

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The IAEA Resolution: The Test is in the Next Steps

INSS Insight No. 145

The resolution on Iran adopted by the IAEA Board of Governors on November 27 includes important issues that touch upon Iran's lack of cooperation with the agency, and the steep decline in confidence between the international community and Iran. Significantly, the lack of ...

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Sanctions and Strategy

The Iranian government has rejected, at least for the moment, a proposal from the P-5+1 to ship the majority of its low-enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment. The group is now considering the next step in the roadmap that it laid out last April.

The next step was a new round of sanctions, ...

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Syria Regains its position of control over Lebanon in Saudi-Syrian Deal

The March 14 Forces after the Formation of the New Lebanese Government: From Electoral Victory to Political Defeat and Disintegration Within Five Months

Introduction

On June 7, 2009, the March 14 Forces won the Lebanese parliamentary elections. Five months later, on November 9, 2009, Lebanese ...

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Frolicking in the Quicksand: How the Obama Administration Keeps Making Huge Mistakes in the MIddle East

Frolicking in the Quicksand: How the Obama Administration Keeps Making Huge Mistakes in the MIddle East

Of course, the Obama Administration has its defenders. They either ignore criticism of the Administration's foreign policy or claim it is all partisan and ideological. And yet the truth is that if you watch the government's policy on a daily basis it is truly remarkable how many dumb, avoidable ...

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Dar Al-Hijrah Official's Deception on Awlaki

Dar Al-Hijrah Official's Deception on Awlaki

When a former imam from his mosque praised Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan as a "hero," Dar al-Hijrah outreach director Imam Johari Abdul Malik took to the airwaves to criticize the remarks and cast them as surprising:

"Let's be clear when Anwar Al Awlaki was at Dar Al-Hijrah, he was ...

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When a Warrant Isn't Warranted

When a Warrant Isn't Warranted

What rights, if any, should alleged terrorist financiers be afforded? This question has plagued federal judges since the Treasury Department first began targeting those believed to be providing financial support to terrorist organizations over a decade ago. One recurring issue has been whether the ...

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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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