Commentary

An Underdog’s Plaint and the Limits of Romantic Geopolitics in the Middle East

Khalid Elgindy served for several years as a European-funded technical adviser to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah. He observed permanent status negotiations with Israel from 2004 to 2009, and was a participant in the Annapolis negotiations of 2008. From...

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U.S. Sanctions and Turkey’s Purchase of Russia’s S-400 Air Defense System

Despite two years of signaling and eight months of rushed bilateral negotiations between the United States and Turkey to forestall Ankara’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defense system, Turkey just received the first delivery of S-400 components. Acquiring Russian...

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Understanding the Hong Kong Extradition Law Protests

On January 29, the Hong Kong governent announced potential amendments to its extradition laws that would allow suspects to be extradited to countries with which the city has no formal extradition agreements. According to Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the...

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Ross Perot’s Crab Cakes: One Hour, One Flight, One Legend

“Weasel, try some of these crab cakes!” he shouted in his Texas twang over the roar of jet engines as he balanced a tray at 20,000 ft. “They’re great!” Ross Perot, the only viable third-party candidate to run for...

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Neither Peace nor Prosperity: Jared Kushner’s Middle East Peace Plan Falls Flat in Bahrain

As navy patrol ships circled the Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain Bay, Manama, a group of finance ministers and business elite from Europe, Israel, and the Arab world gathered to discuss purportedly imaginative interventions to transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict....

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Persistent Problems with the Gray Zone and an Old Way Forward

When the debate was in full swing several years ago, enthusiasts and skeptics of the gray zone concept generally agreed that the term was ill-defined and “stretched to the breaking point.” Most analysts have since acknowledged the gray zone’s...

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The Term “Concentration Camp” in Historical Perspective

On June 17, in the midst of an Instagram live discussion, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stated “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are…they are concentration camps…‘Never Again’ means...

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Turmoil in Georgia

On June 20, protests objecting to a delegation visit by members of the Russian Duma broke out in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. The Russian delegation took place under the auspices of the inter-parliamentary Orthodox forum hosted by the Georgian Dream...

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Digging Deeper: Rare Earth Metals and the U.S.-China Trade War

In May 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a well-publicized visit to a rare-earth-metals company in Jiangxi province. On the same day, he gave a speech in which he called on his country to prepare for a “new Long...

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An Assessment of Russia’s Military Presence in Latin America

The domestic and foreign relations of Latin American countries often do not garner much attention from the U.S. government or media until an exceptionally noticeable crisis occurs. As a result, the Russian Federation’s growing presence in this region has...

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