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by | Aug 6, 2009

For those who aren’t regular watchers of Palestinian politics, this week was just like any other. For those who are, however, all eyes have been on the Sixth Fatah General Congress taking place in Bethlehem. The conclave, the first gathering…

by | Jul 28, 2009

Give Barack Obama credit for thinking big. Since taking office this past January, the president has embarked upon a fundamental reboot of American foreign policy. From semantic steps like the renaming of the War on Terror to more substantive ones—including…

by | Jun 22, 2009

These are hopeful and perilous times in Tehran. Ever since the blatant fraud of Iran’s June 12th presidential election, popular opposition to that country’s ruling clerical order has been on the rise, leading more and more observers to wonder whether…

by | Jun 16, 2009

What a difference a few days can make. Last week, ahead of Iran’s presidential elections, I wrote here that the outcome would matter little in the grand scheme of Iranian politics. I may have spoken too soon. Since Friday, that country…

by | Jun 11, 2009

Tomorrow, Iranians will go to the polls to elect a new president in what has become the most anticipated political event in that country since the Islamic Revolution three decades ago. The results, however, are already a foregone conclusion. Whoever…

by | May 21, 2009

Timing, they say, is everything. At the moment, no one knows that better than the EastWest Institute. On Tuesday, with much fanfare, the New York-based think tank released what it billed as the “first-ever U.S.-Russian joint threat assessment” on Iran’s…

by | May 2, 2009

By now, the idea that Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of international terrorism is fairly common knowledge. Even so, the State Department’s annual survey of global terrorism trends provides a useful glimpse into the breathtaking scope of Tehran’s regional…

by | Mar 26, 2009

The War on Terror appears to be over — at least rhetorically. The Washington Post is reporting that the Obama administration has directed its officials and representatives to begin replacing the term “Global War on Terror” with the more anodyne…

by | Mar 18, 2009

Last month, as part of his plans to “push the reset button” on U.S.-Russian relations, the new president sent a secret letter to his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev. The missive reportedly contained a simple offer: America would move to scrap…

by | Mar 11, 2009

A lot can happen in three weeks. Back in early February, few had ever heard of Charles “Chas” Freeman. All that changed mid-month, when Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair formally nominated the former Clinton-era Ambassador to Saudi Arabia to…

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