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Special Collection on the Middle East

This complete work consists of several dozen essays spread out over 8 parts tackling the region’s conflicts and historical evolution, relating them to contemporary issues. Divided into distinct regions and critical issues, the Special Collection of the Middle East is your source to better understand this volatile region and to be prepared for what comes next.

Saudi Arabia’s Quest for Peace With Israel

Saudi Arabia has always sought peace with Israel, although it dreaded the consequences of publicizing its intent. In 1965, the Arab public ridiculed Tunisian...

Egypt, Caught in the Crossfire

On May 27, an Egyptian border guard was fatally shot at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. According to a...

Iran: From the Death of Raisi to Khamenei’s Successor

The death of Iran’s president comes at a critical moment for the Islamic Republic. The country’s political system is approaching an inflection point, when...

The Rift Between Iran and Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad has reason to distance himself from his erstwhile ally Iran. It’s true that Iran helped stabilize the government in Damascus...

For India, What’s an Iranian Port Worth?

Anyone attempting to do business with Iran runs the risk of U.S. sanctions. This was the U.S. State Department’s reply to the news on...

Israel’s Gaza Operation Nears the Endgame

The seven-month-old war between Israel and Hamas appears to have reached a decisive stage. While an end to the fighting remains elusive, it is...

The Myth of the ‘Axis of Resistance’

The term “axis of resistance” was first coined as the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. Though the occupation allowed Iran to gain influence...

The New Imbalance of Power in the Middle East

The strategic situation in the Middle East is a culmination of Arab states’ decades-long failure to drive regional security. The Cold War, non-Arab regional...

For the US, 2024 Isn’t 1973

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Editor’s note: The rash of student protests throughout the United States is, however you feel about them, a result of America’s unwavering support for...

Israel’s Iron Wall Doctrine

Zeev Jabotinsky was a highly influential figure in Israeli history as a co-founder of the Jewish National Fund and the Jewish Legion who served...

How Different Countries Respond to Terrorism

The fallout from Hamas’ Oct. 7 rampage through Israel and the March 22 massacre at Crocus City Hall near Moscow are dreadful reminders of...

For Iran and Israel, There’s No Going Back

A decades-old norm was broken April 13 when Iran fired hundreds of drones and missiles at Israel from its own territory, instead of relying...

Daily Memo: France Calls Out Azerbaijan, Russian Peacekeepers Go Home

French blowback. France recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan for consultations after accusing Baku of taking “unilateral actions damaging to the relationship between our two...

US Strategy and the Iran Strike

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The U.S. has adopted a national strategy designed to use force without risking casualties of its own. This strategy has been on full display...

Iran’s Vulnerable Eastern Flank

Iran’s strategic position has significantly strengthened in the Middle East in the wake of the war in Gaza – even as its rear flank...

Iran’s Strategic Patience Dilemma

Iran faces a dilemma in the wake of the Israeli attack last week on its consulate in Damascus, which killed seven senior officers of...

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The meltdown of autocratic regimes currently underway in the Arab world has led to the growth of ungoverned spaces. The resulting vacuum is being dominated by armed Islamist non-state actors – in particular Salafist-jihadist militias.

The three non-Arab powers – Turkey, Iran and Israel – are trying to manage the regional commotion according to their national interests.

It was during the Cold War era that a deep ideological chasm in the Middle East began to coagulate. The struggle between those who adopted European secularism and those who crafted an ideology based on religious tradition had its roots in late 19th century Ottoman Empire. Roughly 100 years later, this struggle had polarized the region.

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The Vienna nuclear talks will result in a settlement. The Israeli Air Force will not attack Iran’s nuclear sites.

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Daily Memo: Putin Headed for North Korea, French Weapons Sold to Armenia

Long time coming. Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay his first visit to North Korea in 24 years on Tuesday. The Russian delegation accompanying...

The World of Balance

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The international system is always changing. It usually shifts one piece at a time, each one constrained by the system to dampen its impact...

Daily Memo: NATO’s Nuclear Arsenal, Militant Recruitment in Afghanistan

Show of force. NATO member states are in talks to put more nuclear weapons on standby, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a new...

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