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U.S.-Qatar Alliance Strains Coalition Against Islamic State

U.S.-Qatar Alliance Strains Coalition Against Islamic State

| October 10, 2014

Washington’s Allies Say Emirate’s Ties to Militant and Islamist Groups are a Problem

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Time to Kick Turkey Out of NATO?

Time to Kick Turkey Out of NATO?

| October 9, 2014

The mess in Syria only confirms an inconvenient truth: The Turks are no longer reliable allies.

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Power Struggles in Middle East Exploit Islam’s Ancient Sectarian Rift

Power Struggles in Middle East Exploit Islam’s Ancient Sectarian Rift

| July 5, 2014

A manifestation of a radically new scramble for power playing out across the region in the aftermath of the United States invasion of Iraq and the Arab Spring revolts.

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He’s Made It Worse: Obama’s Middle East

He’s Made It Worse: Obama’s Middle East

| May 1, 2014

Under Barack Obama’s leadership, in almost every square inch of the Middle East, the strategic position of the United States has decayed. And the region itself is far worse off than it was when he took office.

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Abbas Embraces the Islamists

Abbas Embraces the Islamists

| April 24, 2014

The superficial unity deal—between rival Palestinian factions that thoroughly loathe each other—was the PA leader’s latest act of willful weakness. It’s bad news for everyone bar the extremists.

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The End of Sykes-Picot? Reflections on the Prospects of the Arab State System

The End of Sykes-Picot? Reflections on the Prospects of the Arab State System

| February 28, 2014

This paper assesses the situation in Syria, with an emphasis on what might lead to its de facto partition or lasting collapse. It then examines Syria’s neighbors and their prospects for stability. The paper concludes by exploring how the United States, Israel and Iran might affect this tenuous balance.

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The Demise of Middle East Borders

The Demise of Middle East Borders

| May 26, 2013

However the political systems in Syria and Iraq evolve, it is clear that the map of the Middle East is likely to be very different from the map that the colonial powers fixed during World War I and which has endured for roughly 97 years since British and French officials first put it on paper.

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