Tag: Middle East Politics

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The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Israel’s “Natural” Right

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Israel’s “Natural” Right

In most of the world politics is a human invention. Israel claims its politics is a feature of nature.  The newly passed law that radically modifies the political and sociological landscape of Israel, according to Al Jazeera, contains this bold claim: "The state of Israel is the national home...

In the Middle East, History Threatens to Repeat Itself

In the Middle East, History Threatens to Repeat Itself

The crisis in the Middle East offers the West a historic opportunity in the larger struggle with China and Russia for a future international order. If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East. This is a place where the international...

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US Withdrawal Brings Uncertainty to Everyday Iranians

US Withdrawal Brings Uncertainty to Everyday Iranians

Iran went from being an isolated country, disconnected from the outside world, to a member of the international community. The future is now uncertain. On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also...

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The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Trump Wants a “Comprehensive” Deal

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Trump Wants a “Comprehensive” Deal

The US is scrapping the Iran deal, and the rest of the world is trying to comprehend what comprehensive means. Since unilaterally deciding to opt out of the international agreement referred to as the Iran deal, Washington has insisted that the aim is to achieve something more comprehensive....

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Trump Is Out: What Next for the Iran Deal?

Trump Is Out: What Next for the Iran Deal?

In assessing the American withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, all parties would be well advised to heed the well-known physicians’ Hippocratic oath: do no harm, or in this case, no further harm. On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced America’s long-anticipated withdrawal from...

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Iranians Learn Lessons from French History

Iranians Learn Lessons from French History

After protests at the beginning of 2018, Iran faces more questions than answers over its future. The protests in Iran earlier this year were the largest anti-government demonstrations since the 2009 Green Movement. International media outlets, especially American and European, drew on the fact...

Iranians Protest for Change

Iranians Protest for Change

As Iranians rally in anti-government protests, President Rouhani encourages his people to remain united. What began as local demonstrations against Iran’s economic crisis have morphed into violent protests. High inflation and rising prices have brought Iranians to the streets around the...

From New Orleans to Palestine: Whose House Is This?

From New Orleans to Palestine: Whose House Is This?

Palestinians have asked for decades “Whose house is this?” Trump has given the green light for the occupation to take whatever of the “house” is left. “Whose house is this?” A man in a black sweater and dark jeans stood at the podium, raised both arms in the air and asked the...

Trump Makes Space for Russia in the Middle East

Trump Makes Space for Russia in the Middle East

Trump's effort to project American interests in the Middle East has been a disaster — to Russia's benefit. Russia’s strategy in the Middle East is infinitely more perceptive and successful than the incoherent American effort. President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit is a good example of...

Does Donald Trump Have a Middle East Strategy?

Does Donald Trump Have a Middle East Strategy?

Can Trump's advisers persuade the president to think about long-term US policy goals in the Middle East instead of succumbing to impulsive decisions? The increase of US military personnel in the Middle East over recent months reflects President Donald Trump’s promises, as well as the fact...

Israel: A Strategic Partner for the UAE?

Israel: A Strategic Partner for the UAE?

Officials in Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv appear to see a low-profile, Emirati-Israeli strategic partnership as being not only viable, but also immensely valuable. Despite the city of Dubai’s remarkable success in transforming itself into a sprawling Western-style financial hub, the United Arab...

Can Moscow Mediate Between Tehran and Riyadh?

Can Moscow Mediate Between Tehran and Riyadh?

The Middle East is in a process of a geopolitical makeover that could affect the region for decades to come. The recent Russian initiative to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia has come as a surprise and has left many questions about what Moscow could do in order to bridge the gap between...

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Playing with Fire in the Middle East

Playing with Fire in the Middle East

Israel’s growing alliance with Arab countries could easily shift from an asset to a liability. There are no nice guys in the Middle East, a region that's its sixth year of transition. It’s a transition that is likely to take up to a quarter of a century. It’s a transition that is...

Independence is the Last Option for the Kurds

Independence is the Last Option for the Kurds

The Kurds are unlikely to back down unless they receive an alternative deal, but this is unlikely to come from Baghdad. The year was 1639. For the first time in their history, the Kurds of present-day Iran were separated from their brethren due to a treaty signed by the Ottoman and Safavid...

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