Middle East Conflict

Middle East Gamechanger? Gauging the China-Iran Deal

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Though short on details, the recent China-Iran deal could one day be looked back on as a seminal moment in the geopolitics of the Middle East.

Background: Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Killed in Iraq

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Will historians look back on the assassination of Qassem Soleimani as the catalyst for a new war in the Middle East?

The Oslo Process: Pushing Peace Further Away

Gaza cc Amir Farshad Ebrahimi

The increasingly intractable Israel-Palestinian conflict owes much of its current impasse to the doomed Oslo peace process of the 1990s.

Conflict Monitor: The Middle East

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Several global and regional trends are contributing to increased instability in the Middle East. This report explores what’s driving the conflict and where the next fault lines will emerge.

Middle East Patterns Endure as the US Steps Back

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Despite the shock of recent events, it’s not the Middle East that has changed. It’s US foreign policy.

The French Bid for Grandeur in the Middle East

President France Francois Hollande

Examining recent efforts by France to carve out its own geopolitical niche in the Middle East.

The Diplomatic Risks of Turkey’s Rhetorical Fetish

Turkish Prime Minister

Though the dust has yet to settle from airstrikes in Syria last week, Israel’s “neither conform no deny” posture has forced pundits to speculate on the intended target and whether or not the embattled Assad regime will retaliate.

Strategic Fallout from Gaza: Is it Time for Active Deterrence?

Conflict in Gaza

There  are some lessons to be learned from the most recent round in the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Qatar: A Middle East Opportunist

Political Map of Qatar

Qatar’s rise from a sleepy Gulf state to a Middle East power-broker has taken many by surprise. It’s not the conventional considerations of land, military, or economic power that are driving Qatar’s foreign policy successes.

OPINION: Revolutionary Democracy

A massive protest in France following the Charlie Hebdo massacre; one of many across the continent as citizens of the European Union fight to define their future.

Though the list of countries being swept up in a wave of popular uprisings is long and getting longer, pro-democracy activists the world over would be wise to hold off their own celebrations.  The wave of ‘people power’ spreading through the Middle East and Africa could just as easily end up hindering international democracy as it could helping it.

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