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The Need for a Grand Plan in Gaza

Over the past few weeks, media attention in Israel was mainly focused on developments on the northern front, such as threats from Iran, Hezbollah, Syria—and the potential limits posed by Russia on the Israeli air force's maneuvering space above...

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NAFTA’s Overhaul: From Stability to Uncertainty

As it approaches its 25th year of existence, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) faces its biggest challenge. Signed in 1992 by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to eliminate barriers to trade and investment,...

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Sanctioning Iran, Developing Relations with India, and the New Economic Order

On May 8, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and would re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran that had been alleviated as part of...

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The End of a “Strategic” Relationship? How American-Turkish Relations Hit Historic Lows

The onset of fall finds American-Turkish relations undergoing the most severe crisis in their history. In August, the Trump administration slapped sanctions on Turkey and imposed tariffs on some Turkish imports. These steps sent the vulnerable Turkish lira tumbling...

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The Risk to American Intelligence Operations: Devin Nunes and the False Carter Page Narrative

Since I first discussed the Carter Page FISA Applications in February, the partisanship that initially spawned the production of the Devin Nunes-sponsored memorandum accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Justice Department of FISA abuses ...

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Strategic Implications of the Syrian Offensive in Idlib

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces appear poised to launch an offensive operation to retake all or portions of Syria’s last major remaining oppositionist stronghold in the Idlib province. All major players in this looming battle are posturing to shape...

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Algeria’s Religious Landscape: “A Balancing Act”

Across the Middle East and North Africa, several governments today find themselves in contest with a diverse array of religious actors including various politically engaged Islamist parties and the piety movements, among others. Algeria is no exception. While the...

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The Time Has Come for a Global War on Terrorism Memorial

When 19 members of al-Qaeda seized control of four civilian aircraft and crashed them into New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, killing 3,000 citizens, it guaranteed that the United States would engage in full-scale military operations to kill or...

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As the Middle East Turns: Domestic Unrest, Changing Partnerships, and an Unreliable United States

This summer was deceptively quiet in the Arab Middle East: in contrast to many previous years, there was little large-scale, overt violence, except in a couple of noteworthy cases. Much has remained the same in the Middle East for...

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The Hard Way: John McCain

Traditionally, a sense of honor can indicate at least one of two qualities. The first is an unwillingness to tolerate ...

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