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Why Russia No Longer Fears the West

Why Russia No Longer Fears the West

| March 2, 2014

Western leaders are stunned because they haven’t realized Russia’s owners no longer respect Europeans the way they once did after the Cold War. Russia thinks the West is no longer a crusading alliance. Russia thinks the West is now all about the money.

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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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The West is Losing Faith in its Own Future

The West is Losing Faith in its Own Future

| December 10, 2013

Even though the lure of the West remains intense, the Western world itself is losing faith in its future.

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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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Israel’s Next War with Hezbollah

Israel’s Next War with Hezbollah

| November 16, 2013

Despite the atmosphere of mutual deterrence, the Shi’ite group’s alliance with Tehran and Damascus, the Syrian war and the entry of new regional forces could spark a conflagration.

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Jumping Off the Global Tiger’s Back

Jumping Off the Global Tiger’s Back

| November 14, 2013

The Obama administration has little interest in world leadership.

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Russia’s Pipelines of Empire

Russia’s Pipelines of Empire

| November 14, 2013

Russia certainly has influence in Europe on account of its oil, and has occasionally used its oil as a means of political pressure on Belarus and Ukraine. But it is really with natural gas that energy becomes a useful political tool for Russia.

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When the Obama Magic Died

When the Obama Magic Died

| November 14, 2013

There were no economic or cultural bonds among his coalition. He was all things to all people. Charisma ruled.

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The New Face of European Anti-Semitism

The New Face of European Anti-Semitism

| November 13, 2013

The ‘Elders of Zion’ are out, but demonizing Israel is mainstream.

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