Why I Never Use the Word “Palestine”

Palflag, cc Flickr Heinrich Böll Foundation Palestine & Jordan, modified,

The word describes a sovereign entity that simply doesn’t exist.

International Law vs. Institutional Disarray on Palestine & Kashmir

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Some of the world’s more intractable conflicts demand a legal rather than a political solution.

Grim Prospects for Turkey-Saudi Relations

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As is often the case in the Middle East, third-party bilateral relationships are driving Turkey and Saudi Arabia further apart.

Israel and Iran Signal Escalation in Syrian Civil War

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Tensions left to simmer for most of the war are now boiling over as Israel grapples with the possibility of a long-term Iranian presence in southern Syria.

US Threatens to Cut Palestinian Authority Funding

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The Trump administration’s threats against the Palestinian Authority might impact the peace process in ways that were never intended.

President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

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Following through with one of his campaign promises, President Trump has bucked decades of US policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Backgrounder: Hezbollah

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Examining Hezbollah, the paramilitary group at the heart of the Saudi-Iran contest for the Middle East.

Israeli Airstrikes in Syria: Prelude to a New War?

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Once the Assad regime and its allies consolidate their hold on Syria, the focus could once again shift back to Israel.

Trump’s Iran Policy: A Lonely Pursuit

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It won’t be easy for the Trump administration to reassemble the kind of international consensus that drove Iran to the negotiating table back in 2013.

Backgrounder: Iran

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A brief history of Iran, a country that the Trump administration seems to have singled out as America’s primary geopolitical foe in the Middle East.

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