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Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"?

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Clifford D. May

President Obama is expected to refocus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the November elections, during his final days in office. He has reportedly asked the State Department to come up with a list of options. Among them: "Obama parameters" that would replace the Clinton parameters, measures

Editorial: The next US president Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As US Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump move into the final days of their campaigns, there is only one certainty: after eight years, the Barack Obama era will soon come to an end. The president to be inaugurated on January 20 will face a very challenging foreign policy landsc

The Money and the Message

The Money and the Message Categories: Israel, United States     Author: David Makovsky

On September 14, the United States and Israel signed a ten-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which Washington will provide US$38 billion in military assistance over the fiscal years 2019-2028... enabling Israeli military planners to make even longer-term acquisitions and bolster their tec

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US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel

US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel Categories: Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Aaron Torop

Every four years when the Democratic and Republican parties officially nominate their candidates for president, they also amend their platforms, the official party position on a wide range of issues. Even though the platforms are non-binding and do not directly affect US foreign policy, they do expr

Biblio File: The Perils of Nation-building

Biblio File: The Perils of Nation-building Categories: Middle East, United States     Author: Douglas J. Feith

Mr. Mandelbaum rightly notes that US attempts to foster democracy and free markets abroad were an important part of American foreign policy after the Cold War. And such attempts, time and again, fell short of their ambitious goals. He spurs readers to ask why societies are so hard to transform and w

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The Sanders Middle East mirage

The Sanders Middle East mirage Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders for the Democrat nomination for president of the United States has excited many pro-Palestinian activists. Even academic Amin Saikal ("Bernie Sanders dares to challenge Israel", Times2, April 20, p5) has jumped on the bandwagon. This Sanders euphoria is based on few

BDS on the Outer

BDS on the Outer Categories: Anti-Zionism, United States     Author: Ben Cohen

2016 may well be remembered as the year that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel finally died its death - in a clinical sense, at least. Across the US, state legislatures are passing bills that will outlaw state authorities from investing public funds in, and enter

Sanctions lifted despite Iran’s provocations

Sanctions lifted despite Iran’s provocations Categories: Europe, Iran, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declared that Iran had complied with the July nuclear agrement.  The removal of sanctions came despite a number of criticisms of the IAEA's December report on Iran's progress in complying with the deal, as well as recent provocations by

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies Categories: International Security, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Op-eds, Syria, Terrorism, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent attacks are a reminder that terrorism can never be stopped through purely defensive means. It is therefore encouraging that Obama renewed his vow to destroy IS in his address. Unfortunately, however, there was little indication from Obama's address that the US is prepared to meaningfully

How ISIS can be Defeated Categories: Europe, Middle East, Terrorism, United States     Author: Matthew Levitt

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, US President Barack Obama rejected calls to change his strategy to counter the Islamic State - specifically the idea of putting large numbers of US troops in the battlefield. "We have the right strategy and we're gonna see it through," Obama said at the G-20 Summ

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