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Kerry Shuffles to Jordan Hoping to Keep the Peace Process Alive

Kerry Shuffles to Jordan Hoping to Keep the Peace Process Alive

On Wednesday, Mar. 26, United States Secretary of State John Kerry cut his trip to Italy short to fly to Amman in hopes of keeping the Palestinian-Israeli peace process on track. Kerry met with Jordan’s King Abdullah before a long dinner with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. On the three-hour flight to Amman Kerry spoke […]

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A Candid Discussion with Gareth Porter

A Candid Discussion with Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter, author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold History of the Iranian Nuclear Scare, is a renowned investigative journalist and historian on U.S. national security policy. Porter was the 2012 winner of the Gellhorn Prize for journalism awarded by the Gellhorn Trust in the U.K.  His previous book was Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and […]

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Turkey’s Test of Wills

Turkey’s Test of Wills

In recent months, Turkey—more specifically, Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan and his Justice and Development party (AKP)—has been the center of controversy and the subject of passionate debates. The other side of this political controversy is the spiritual leader of the Hizmet or Gulen Movement, Fethullah Gulen. However, as with all matters political; things are […]

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ASA Boycott of Israel Adds to U.S.-Israel Tensions

ASA Boycott of Israel Adds to U.S.-Israel Tensions

  On Monday, December 16, the American Studies Association voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions.  Members of the ASA voted by a ratio of more than two to one to endorse the boycott in online balloting that concluded Sunday night, the group said. The election was a response to the ASA National Council’s announcement on December […]

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African youth perceptions of the U.S.

African youth perceptions of the U.S.

  Being an American professor living in Africa and teaching international relations, I have been involved in numerous debates about my country and its foreign policy. Obviously you get your mix, some pro-U.S. and some not. To try and make better sense of the situation, I decided to embark on a little pet project in […]

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Street Art: A Tool for Peace

Street Art: A Tool for Peace

A unique humanitarian effort to shed light on and offer hope to those affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria harnessed the power of art. From November 3-6, areas along the Syrian border became canvases for international graffiti artists. In this demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria, deep in the area known as the Golan […]

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Israeli Aid to Syria

Israeli Aid to Syria

The Syrian conflict has displaced in excess of 6.5 million people over the past two years, and tragically ended the lives of more than 100,000 others. As fighting continues, the international community seems numb to reports of chemical attacks, bomb explosions, and other horrific events that unfold almost daily. However, amidst headlines that highlight the […]

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Palestine Blues (2006)

Palestine Blues (2006)

To say this documentary puts the Israelis in a bad light is a great understatement. It is hard, watching this film, to not want to ally oneself with the Palestinians portrayed in it. The documentary is about the erection of the wall Israel was building in 2002 that hems in the West Bank. We see […]

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Bibi’s U.N. Speech

Bibi’s U.N. Speech

Below is an article by Roger Cohen in the New York Times, which favorably references an op-ed by David Harris, the head of the American Jewish Committee. Cohen means to demonstrate that even Harris thinks that Netanyahu “blustered” too much about Iran in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly this week. (Incidentally, he […]

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“Mapgate”? Professor’s Map Leaves Israel Out

“Mapgate”? Professor’s Map Leaves Israel Out

Credit: Wikimedia Commons An Arabic-language professor at San Diego State University (SDSU) recently handed out an interesting map of the Arabic-speaking world to students on the second day of class. In it, the territory that makes up the state of Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip was labeled simply as “Palestine.” This provoked several […]

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John Mearsheimer and Gary Sick on U.S.-Iran Relations

John Mearsheimer and Gary Sick on U.S.-Iran Relations

Editor’s Note: The following interview with Gary Sick and John Mearsheimer was conducted by Arash Azizi. Mr. Azizi is an Iranian-born journalist based in London, U.K. His work has appeared in many publications in Canada and Iran, including the Toronto Star, Macleans, Dominion, Shahrvand, Sharq, Aseman, Merhname and Kargozaran. Mr. Azizi was International Editor for […]

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A Candid Discussion with Steve Rhodes

A Candid Discussion with Steve Rhodes

  As the Middle East continues to plunge in a multi-faceted and what appears to be an increasingly regional crisis, there are debates and even hope about the future of entrepreneurship in the region in the face of the Arab Spring. Corruption, the status of women, the Israeli Palestinian conflict, Iran’s nuclear program, and now the specter of […]

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Spineless on Syria

Spineless on Syria

As tension mounts after Syria’s alleged—though clearly evident—use of chemical weapons to systematically slaughter civilians, outreach against the regime emerged most vocally from the White House and State Department, as well as their counterparts across Europe. Some voices — namely those from China and Russia — are, as expected, silent or deflecting criticism from the […]

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A Candid Discussion with Reza Aslan

A Candid Discussion with Reza Aslan

Dr. Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed American writer and scholar of religions and author, most recently, of the Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Dr. Aslan is also the founder of Aslan Media, an online journal for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world, and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of […]

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The Healthcare Dove with an Olive Branch

The Healthcare Dove with an Olive Branch

It’s a rare occurrence for a nation to act altruistically in its humanitarian engagements, and even rarer when a state does so, knowing all there is in return is potentially heightened security risks in a conflict setting. I want to use this post as a brief pause from my usual focus on chronic disease care […]

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