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Turkey’s Spymaster Plots Own Course on Syria

Turkey’s Spymaster Plots Own Course on Syria

| October 10, 2013

Hakan Fidan Takes Independent Tack in Wake of Arab Spring

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Middle East Reconfigured: Turkey vs. Iran vs. Saudi Arabia

Middle East Reconfigured: Turkey vs. Iran vs. Saudi Arabia

| September 13, 2013

The Arab Spring has recalibrated the regional system by ushering in a tri-axial Middle East: a Turkey-Kurdish-Muslim Brotherhood axis; an Iran-Shiite axis; a Saudi Arabia-pro-status quo monarchies axis.

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How to Oust Assad

How to Oust Assad

| August 28, 2013

The good news is that there aren’t many high-use tarmacs left to hit. Of the 27 airbases in Syria that are capable of assisting with the Syrian Air Force’s primary missions, just six are left in full use. The others are either under rebel controlled or are fiercely contested.

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Gulf Islamists Irked as Monarchs back Egypt’s Generals

Gulf Islamists Irked as Monarchs back Egypt’s Generals

| August 27, 2013

A scuffle broke the reflective atmosphere of Friday prayers in Riyadh’s al-Ferdous mosque after the imam deplored the recent bloody crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters by the military in nearby Egypt.

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The Failed Grand Strategy in the Middle East

The Failed Grand Strategy in the Middle East

| August 24, 2013

The Obama administration had a grand strategy in the Middle East. It was well intentioned, carefully crafted and consistently pursued. Unfortunately, it failed.

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Over the Brink

Over the Brink

| August 22, 2013

Lebanon’s leaders are undermining its institutions and dragging the country faster into the Syrian conflict.

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The Modern King in the Arab Spring

The Modern King in the Arab Spring

| March 19, 2013

Amid the social and political transformations reshaping the Middle East, can Jordan’s Abdullah II, the region’s most pro-American Arab leader, liberalize his kingdom, modernize its economy, and save the country from capture by Islamist radicals?

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Even With a ‘Light Footprint,’ It’s Hard to Sidestep the Middle East

Even With a ‘Light Footprint,’ It’s Hard to Sidestep the Middle East

| November 17, 2012

The eruptions in the Middle East have posed perhaps the severest, most direct test yet of the limits of President Obama’s signature foreign policy innovation during his first term, what the White House hails as the “light footprint” strategy.

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