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2018 Iranian Protests: A Second Revolution on the Way in Iran?

2018 Iranian Protests: A Second Revolution on the Way in Iran?

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Partition Remains An Option Even After Aleppo

Partition Remains An Option Even After Aleppo

Neither a Putin-Assad hegemony nor an inclusive transitional government of a united Syria are solutions after Aleppo. Partition is the solution.

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Humility as a Foundation for Country ‘Visions’

Humility as a Foundation for Country ‘Visions’

Decision makers in the Middle East love coming up with visions. They spend large sums of money on long-term strategic plans, with little regard for results.

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The Rojava Model

The Rojava Model

Inflicting a series of defeats on ISIS, Kurds have emerged from obscurity to become a major force in the Syrian conflict.

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Why is the Internet not Fostering China’s Democratization?

Why is the Internet not Fostering China’s Democratization?

In the past, scholars tended to believe that the internet was an effective tool to challenge authoritarian regimes and facilitate the development of civil society. However, as an expert that has been investigating the issue for a number of years, I disagree with this widely held belief.

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The Islamic State in Libya

The Islamic State in Libya

ISIS' growing activity has caught the attention of U.S. officials who see no other option than to address the Islamic State threat in Libya with military action.

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Does the Egyptian Military Regime Work for U.S. and Allies?

Does the Egyptian Military Regime Work for U.S. and Allies?

Since the Egyptian military ousted former President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood government in a coup in July 2013, a stricter and an increasingly oppressive rule governs Africa's third most populous country, but one that may not be that unwelcome with the U.S. or its allies.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran’s Backyard Politics

Saudi Arabia and Iran’s Backyard Politics

The Iran-Saudi "cold war” carries, for both countries, a dimension that raises particular security concerns: the presence of minority communities in their respective backyards that show sympathy to the other side due to domestic repression.

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Is the Hashemite Monarchy a good partner in the war against Islamic State?

Is the Hashemite Monarchy a good partner in the war against Islamic State?

The Hashemites claim to be part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, but evidence has emerged showing that the regime is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, who supports Islamic State.

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The Plight of Homosexuals in Egypt

The Plight of Homosexuals in Egypt

Eight Egyptian men were sentenced to three years in prison plus three years on probation for allegedly attending Egypt’s first same-sex wedding. The harsh sentence was condoned by Egyptian TV host Tamer Amin and the Egyptian Minister for Religious Endowment. Despite the high hopes that existed in the wake of the Arab Spring, the plight of homosexuals in Egypt and the Arab world has deteriorated.

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The Saudi and Emirati response to Qatar is all about domestic unrest

The Saudi and Emirati response to Qatar is all about domestic unrest

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ANALYSIS: America Should Change Its Iraq Policy

ANALYSIS: America Should Change Its Iraq Policy

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Mordechai Kedar: “Iraq Should Be Broken Up Into Homogeneous States”

Mordechai Kedar: “Iraq Should Be Broken Up Into Homogeneous States”

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Egyptian Jewish Leader: Sisi Will Bring Egypt in a Cosmopolitan Direction

Egyptian Jewish Leader: Sisi Will Bring Egypt in a Cosmopolitan Direction

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Was Assad Not Responsible for the Chemical Weapons Attack Last August?

Was Assad Not Responsible for the Chemical Weapons Attack Last August?

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