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Turkey-Israel Relations: Flourishing Trade but Little Trust

Turkey-Israel Relations: Flourishing Trade but Little Trust

Bilateral commercial ties between Turkey and Israel are stronger than ever in contrast to continued public hostility between the governments of both countries despite recent efforts to improve relations, writes Aykan Erdemir and David May   Israel, Cyprus, Greece, and Italy have advanced plans to build the world’s longest and deepest pipeline to export natural...

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US Midterm Elections Changes Nothing for the Middle East

US Midterm Elections Changes Nothing for the Middle East

Despite the keen interest shown across the region on the results of the US midterm elections, the American electorate voted overwhelmingly on domestic issues meaning little is going to change in Washington’s policies toward the Mideast, writes Makram Rabah Perhaps one of the most frequent questions I was asked over the preceding week – other...

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Iranian Sanctions with an Extra Bite

Iranian Sanctions with an Extra Bite

The renewed raft of sanctions on Iran is intended to intensify internal and external pressure on Tehran to change its destabilizing ways, but there is still more that can be done to augment the impact, writes David B. Rivkin Jr.   The Trump administration has re-imposed a broad range of “secondary” sanctions on the Islamic...

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All is not Well in the Kingdom

All is not Well in the Kingdom

The tragedy of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi should serve as a wake-up call to Saudi Arabia to hold an honest evaluation of how the ambitious and vital reform agenda has unfolded over the past two years to ensure that past mistakes are not repeated, argues Nadim Shehadi   The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under...

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Syria: Failed Revolution? 

Syria: Failed Revolution? 

President Assad may have secured his grip on power with the help of his foreign friends, but he will not be able to crush the enduring spirit of opposition to his rule, argues Frederic C. Hof   It passes these days as common knowledge that Russia and Iran have enabled Bashar al Assad to withstand...

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How Have Washington’s Middle East Think-Tanks Adapted to the Trump Era?

How Have Washington’s Middle East Think-Tanks Adapted to the Trump Era?

Despite a growing focus on human rights and democracy, policy advocacy is replacing policy analysis amid an increasingly intolerant mood within the US capital’s think-tanks, argues Brian Katulis   About a decade ago, the Iraq war was raging. It was the hot topic in foreign policy and the north star in America’s political debate, so...

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Justice, Reform, and the Future of Saudi Arabia

Justice, Reform, and the Future of Saudi Arabia

The tragedy of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, and presumed death, demands accountability, but it should not distract from pursuing the broader agenda of the far-reaching reform program on which the future of Saudi Arabia rests, writes Mohammed Alyahya