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Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising by Jonathan Littell – Book Review

Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising by Jonathan Littell – Book Review

As the world’s largest humanitarian disaster since the Second World War continues to deepen, Littell has published his Syrian Notebooks in English for the first time.

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Assad and the Struggle For a Political Solution in Syria

Assad and the Struggle For a Political Solution in Syria

The Syrian conflict will end, and it will end in a political solution, but President Bashar al-Assad can’t and won’t be a part of it – not if it has any hope of succeeding.

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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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A Look at Canada’s War on the Islamic State

A Look at Canada’s War on the Islamic State

While Canada’s contribution of air assets and special forces to the coalition campaign has enhanced its effectiveness, it should send more special forces and expand reconstruction aid to help the coalition achieve its ultimate strategic aims.

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Syria: When Justice is Locked, So is Development

Syria: When Justice is Locked, So is Development

All in all, the United States’ approach with Syria must have a backbone in order for one of the greatest humanitarian crises to cease, rebels to stop joining ISIS and for Syria to start rebuilding itself. This new diplomatic endeavor the United States is about to commit to cannot morph into the will to forgive and move past Assad’s damages.

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Cheap Oil and Missed Opportunities

Cheap Oil and Missed Opportunities

OPEC’s recent decision to keep production at its current levels lead to the realization by many investors that the current oil price may become the new norm.

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The Challenge of Heavy Weapons in Iraq and Syria

The Challenge of Heavy Weapons in Iraq and Syria

There has been a lot of discussion on how to help Kurdish forces and other opposition forces in the fight against ISIS. One of their most notable and consistent requests has been for help Western weapons systems that are strong enough to neutralize these advanced weapons.

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Candid Discussions: Jan Egeland on the Plight of Syrian Refugees

Candid Discussions: Jan Egeland on the Plight of Syrian Refugees

Jan Egeland recently sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss the plight of Syrian refugees, which has been reflected in a newly released report jointly produced by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

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Logistics of the Syrian and Iraqi War

Logistics of the Syrian and Iraqi War

Even if war is not always good for business, it is at least a business. Whether dealing in arms, antiquities, oil, grain, taxes or international aid, the Islamic State is building the basis for the sort of exploitative economy whose inequities and corruption (ironically) helped its star rise among the poor and discontented.

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Candid Discussions: Akin Ünver on Turkish Foreign Policy Challenges

Candid Discussions: Akin Ünver on Turkish Foreign Policy Challenges

Akın Ünver sits down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss Turkey’s current foreign policy challenges and the situation in Kobane.

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Turkey’s Perennial Bogeyman

Turkey’s Perennial Bogeyman

As a U.S. ally and member of NATO, Turkey has a large, well-trained, and well-funded military with more than a half-million personnel in uniform. It is also the only NATO nation that shares a border with both Iraq and Syria, where the Islamic State continues to take and hold significant territory.

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The S-300 Missile Threat in Middle Eastern Conflicts

The S-300 Missile Threat in Middle Eastern Conflicts

While the U.S. and the coalition against ISIS make attacks on targets in Iraq and Syria, there remains an uneasy relationship between Assad’s government and the U.S.

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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

Qatar’s financial habits have been the subject of a lot of media coverage lately due to the successes of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the setbacks the Syrian opposition actors the Gulf states were pinning their hopes on have suffered at the hands of ISIS. Kuwait, through …

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A Geopolitical Pawn Named ‘ISIS’

A Geopolitical Pawn Named ‘ISIS’

The mere mention of the name ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) frightens Muslims and no-Muslims senseless, and there are plenty of reasons for that. But, who are they, and where does their campaign of terror lead to?

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Candid Discussions: Mark Dubowitz on Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Candid Discussions: Mark Dubowitz on Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, nonproliferation, and countering electronic repression.

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