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Foreign Aid under a Trump Presidency

Foreign Aid under a Trump Presidency

The media focuses on US foreign policy with regard to the Iran nuclear deal or relations with Russia. But little is discussed about the role of aid under Trump.

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#IsraelIsBurning

#IsraelIsBurning

While fires raged, Palestinian firefighters stood alongside Israel in fighting the flames. On social media they were but a footnote.

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Is Obama’s Syria Policy Defensible?

Is Obama’s Syria Policy Defensible?

Has Obama has been taking the “least bad” course on Syria? Reflecting on the last two decades of U.S. foreign policy interventions, the answer is yes.

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The Semantics of God in the Middle East

The Semantics of God in the Middle East

Nahed Hattar’s assassination sheds light on how social media is used as a weapon by the terrorists to promote their extremist ideologies.

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Did Gül Really Mean What He Said?

Did Gül Really Mean What He Said?

In an interview, the former Turkish President said, “What happened [the coup attempt] was a crime that will ultimately fail because Turkey is not an African country and is not located in Latin America.”

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The Myth of Islamic Banking

The Myth of Islamic Banking

Islamists not only look at religion as a panacea to political issues, but also as a provider of social justice and an engine of economic prosperity.

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Democracy in the Middle East: A Snapshot from ICANN

Democracy in the Middle East: A Snapshot from ICANN

Democracy in the Middle East is a passionate, controversial, and evolving issue. But it is on grand display among members of an ICANN working group.

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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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Can the Iran Freedom Rally be the Regime’s “Tipping Point”?

Can the Iran Freedom Rally be the Regime’s “Tipping Point”?

Thousands of Iranian opposition members and international supporters gathered in Paris in July for the National Council of Resistance of Iran conference.

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Netanyahu has joined Snapchat

Netanyahu has joined Snapchat

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, having mastered traditional media outlets, is quickly proving he is also quite adept at social media.

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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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Russia is Pushing Israel and Egypt Closer to Each Other

Russia is Pushing Israel and Egypt Closer to Each Other

Russia’s new status as a pivotal nation in the Middle East’s security environment is pushing Israel and Egypt to rekindle their relations.

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Whose Foot Will Drop in Oman?

Whose Foot Will Drop in Oman?

From an impoverished land into a prosperous nation with military agreements with the U.S. and the UK, Oman’s progress may come crashing to a halt.

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The Times Profile That Roiled Washington

The Times Profile That Roiled Washington

A newspaper profile of the President’s foreign policy spokesman has created an uproar based on a distorted notion of the role of foreign policy messaging.

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Universal Value of Ramadan Ethics

Universal Value of Ramadan Ethics

Contrary to what ISIS, al-Shabaab, Boko Haram might preach, the core values of Islam enhanced in Ramadan are meant to be universal.

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