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Lebanon: The Next Front Line in the Islamic State Onslaught

Lebanon: The Next Front Line in the Islamic State Onslaught

| October 5, 2014

Lebanon’s precarious state has worsened as ISIS beheads citizens and holds hostage Lebanese troops and police.

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Jihadist ISIL Group Growing Threat Across Mideast

Jihadist ISIL Group Growing Threat Across Mideast

| June 11, 2014

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on pace to replace al-Qaeda as world’s most dangerous terror organization.

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Going Back to Iraq

Going Back to Iraq

| June 10, 2014

The U.S. has spent almost a decade trying to extricate itself from Iraq. Today’s seizure of one of Iraq’s most important cities by Sunni extremists may well require the U.S. to become more involved.

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The Fall of Mosul

The Fall of Mosul

| June 10, 2014

A strategic disaster assisted by Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq.

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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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Surprise Attack on Iran: Can Israel Do It?

Surprise Attack on Iran: Can Israel Do It?

| April 16, 2014

Conducting a military operation against Iran’s key nuclear facilities would be a challenging task for the Israeli military.

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Why the US Has Not Defeated Al Qaeda

Why the US Has Not Defeated Al Qaeda

| April 8, 2014

The international order and global stability are collapsing in a way we have not seen since the 1930s.

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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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America vs Iran: The Competition for the Future of the Middle East

America vs Iran: The Competition for the Future of the Middle East

| January 13, 2014

A review of the soft-power strategies of both the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Middle East and Afghanistan makes clear a disturbing fact: Tehran has a coherent, if sometimes ineffective strategy to advance its aims in the Middle East and around the world. The United States does not.

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Two Old Foes Unite Against Tehran

Two Old Foes Unite Against Tehran

| November 17, 2013

Once they were sworn enemies. Now Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency is working with Saudi officials on contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran if its nuclear programme is not significantly curbed in a deal that could be signed in Geneva this week.

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