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Adrift: The United States and the Middle East

Adrift: The United States and the Middle East

| August 30, 2013

John Bolton and Michael Ledeen presented a disturbing picture of Obama Administration national security policy adrift amidst a continually crisis-laden Middle East on August 28, 2013.  In particular, these two leading foreign policy experts foresaw no truly effective international policy to stop Iranian nuclear weapons proliferation, leaving Israel to confront this existential danger unilaterally.

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Worldwide Loss of Oil Supply Heightens Syria Attack Risk

Worldwide Loss of Oil Supply Heightens Syria Attack Risk

| August 30, 2013

Libya’s oil output has crashed to a near standstill over the past year as warlords and strikes paralyse the country, tightening the screws on global crude supply as the crisis in Syria comes to a head.

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Why Is Vladimir Putin Acting So Crazy?

Why Is Vladimir Putin Acting So Crazy?

| August 29, 2013

For Russian leaders, sticking it to the Americans has long been a source of both personal satisfaction and political gain. By that standard, President Vladimir Putin is riding high. Yet beneath Putin’s swagger lie weaknesses at the core of the economy that threaten Russia’s future—and with it, his power base. And for that, he can […]

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Doubts Rise about the Credibility of American Power

Doubts Rise about the Credibility of American Power

| August 29, 2013

What does the world look like when people begin to doubt the credibility of American power? Unfortunately, we’re finding that out in Syria and other nations where leaders have concluded they can defy a war-weary America without paying a price.

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Strike on Syria Could Trigger Retaliatory Attacks, Cyberwar

Strike on Syria Could Trigger Retaliatory Attacks, Cyberwar

| August 29, 2013

A U.S.-led cruise missile attack on Syria in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons, which seems increasingly likely in the coming days, could provoke reprisals from Damascus and its backers, ranging from retaliatory missile strikes to terrorist attacks and cyberwar, according to government officials and private analysts.

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Israel-Turkey Relations Sink to Low

Israel-Turkey Relations Sink to Low

| August 28, 2013

After a brief courtship last spring, relations between Israel and Turkey have fallen to a new low, officials in both countries say, just as the two former allies are bracing for possible U.S. military action in neighboring Syria.

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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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Emerging Market Rout is Too Big for the Fed to Ignore

Emerging Market Rout is Too Big for the Fed to Ignore

| August 28, 2013

Emerging markets are now big enough to drag down the global economy.

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Obama’s Bad Syria Bluff

Obama’s Bad Syria Bluff

| August 27, 2013

The United States has so far avoided involvement in Syria’s civil war. Washington does not have a direct interest in the outcome, since all possible outcomes are bad from its perspective.

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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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