Tag: Arab Spring

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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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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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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Strikes and Political Instability Threaten Libya

Strikes and Political Instability Threaten Libya

| August 23, 2013

New clashes at key oil terminals in Libya this week and a daring robbery of the European Union ambassador in Tripoli are raising new concerns about economic and political chaos in the North African nation.

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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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The Coming Global Disorder

The Coming Global Disorder

| October 1, 2012

How does global order come undone? How do the arrangements and understandings through which war is generally avoided, commerce generally protected, and the cause of civilization generally advanced, cease to function?

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