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Unexpected Responses to a Massive Aid Program

Unexpected Responses to a Massive Aid Program

This week, Israel and the U.S. signed a $38 billion military aid package. It was controversial, but not necessarily for the reasons you would think.

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Stability in Libya Remains in Doubt

Stability in Libya Remains in Doubt

Many had hoped that the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011 would herald a new era for Libya. Yet, five years later, stability remains a long-off goal.

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Turkish and Egyptian Occupation in Iraq and Syria

Turkish and Egyptian Occupation in Iraq and Syria

After the defeat of ISIS, temporary Turkish and Egyptian occupation zones should be imposed in Sunni provinces of Iraq and Syria prior to partition.

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Sovereignty Strikes Back: Turkey’s Purge and International Silence

Sovereignty Strikes Back: Turkey’s Purge and International Silence

On July 15th, the world saw the consequences of the struggle between religious forces and the secular military contending for control of the Turkish state.

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Can the U.S. and Russia Work Together to Save Syria?

Can the U.S. and Russia Work Together to Save Syria?

While the U.S. and Russia are backing opposing sides in Syria, there are signs the two may join forces to combat ISIS and bring some relief to civilians.

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Libya: Still a Fractured Land

Libya: Still a Fractured Land

Disagreement over how money from the country’s oil, which represents 98% of government revenue, should be distributed is paralyzing Libyan peace efforts.

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Turkish Foreign Policy After the Military Coup

Turkish Foreign Policy After the Military Coup

Immediate speculation following the coup attempt says that Turkey is likely to move further away from the West. But Ankara has deep ties with Europe and is an important member of NATO.

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English vs Hebrew: How the IDF Shares Information on Home Demolitions

English vs Hebrew: How the IDF Shares Information on Home Demolitions

Messages sent in Hebrew and English are usually similar, but there are sometimes differences. In the case of the latest home demolition, the message was only in Hebrew.

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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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Future Russian Leaders Might Regret Putin’s ‘fresh start’ With Erdogan

Future Russian Leaders Might Regret Putin’s ‘fresh start’ With Erdogan

The Kremlin keeps accusing the West of meddling in Russian politics but embraces Turkey that openly claims large swaths of its territory.

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Saudi Prince Voices Support for Toppling Iranian Regime

Saudi Prince Voices Support for Toppling Iranian Regime

The speech delivered by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki bin Faisal al-Saud at the Iran Freedom Rally drew attention, and raised more than a few eyebrows.

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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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Iran’s Rally in Paris: Popular in the West and Ignored in Iran

Iran’s Rally in Paris: Popular in the West and Ignored in Iran

The rally has done more damage to the constructive elements of the Iranian society by linking them to the Western forces and Saudis.

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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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