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Khudheir Mussa Al-Khuzaie, Vice-President of Iraq, Addresses General Assembly, 68th session, 2013

Khudheir Mussa Al-khuzaie, Vice-President of Iraq, addresses the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly… Continue reading

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How to Tell the “Good Guys” in Syria

Or… do we know who the bad guys are?… Continue reading

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Turkey and Tehran: A Cold Peace

The Turkish-Iranian relationship is primed for problems due to differing geopolitical and sectarian interests… Continue reading

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Learning the Wrong Lessons from Ike

The real lessons of 1956… Continue reading

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Turkish-Kurdistan Energy Relations: An Assessment

Much is made of the grand strategy of the Turkish-Kurdish energy puzzle… Continue reading

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Syria’s Assyrians, caught in the middle

Of all the Christian communities in Syria, the Assyrians, that is, those Christians who identify as such by virtue of belonging to the Assyrian Church of the East, arguably have the most complex relationship with the Assad regime… Continue reading

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Syria: Spillover into Iraq?

Is the resurgent of Al-Qaida in Iraq a result from the growing civil war in Syria… Continue reading

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Are Iraq and Turkey Models for Democratization?

In the wake of the upheavals that have shaken the Arab world since December 2010, activists, politicians, and analysts have all been searching for new, democratic models of governance that could come into force in these lands… Continue reading

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“And What Do You Want to Say to the Iraqi People?”

I’ve been interviewed a number of times, for example, by Iraqi journalists. But this time there was a different kind of question at the end of the interview… Continue reading

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Assessing Iraq’s Oil Industry

This article provides an overview of Iraq’s oil and gas industry, focusing in particular on its history since 2003 under the Coalition Provisional Authority and the sovereign Iraqi government… Continue reading

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Turkey-Iraq Relations: From Bad to Worse

Relations between the governments of Iraq and Turkey continue to deteriorate… Continue reading

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The Iraqi Model: As Good As It Gets

Iraq is in a mess. Violence continues. Factionalism leads to endless bickering. Corruption is at high levels. Christians live in fear or flee altogether. Islamism is constantly creeping forward… Continue reading

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Ankara and Baghdad: A Parting of Ways?

Until now, Turkey’s presence in Iraq has generally been encouraged by all major Iraqi groups… Continue reading

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Obama’s State of the Union Speech: My Response Discovers Some Curious Insights and Strange Formulations

In his State of the Union message, President Barack Obama began by wrapping himself in the flag, patriotism, and love of the armed forces while trying to highlight his foreign policy achievements… Continue reading

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America and the Arab Spring

A year ago this week, on January 25, 2011, the ground began to crumble under then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s feet… Continue reading

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Identity Among Middle East Christians

In the course of the present unrest across the Middle East and North Africa… Continue reading

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What happens to terrorism suspect Ali Musa Daqduq: Will he be tried or be released?

Ali Daqduq was recently handed over to the Iraqi administration… Continue reading

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Sunni versus Shia: The Middle East’s New Strategic Conflict

Conflicts between Sunni and Shia Muslims are not at all new, but… Continue reading

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My Critique of Two “Neo-Conservative” Presidents: Obama and Bush

A Huffington Post writer with no known expertise on the Middle East, has accused me of being not only an alarmist about revolutionary Islamism but also as a “neo-con… Continue reading

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Overviewing Shi’a-Sunni Conflicts

As we approach the end of the first year of what has been called the Arab Spring… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Syria’s Proxy War in Iraq

The Islamists in Seidnaya responsible for the riots were part of a cadre of inmates sent to Iraq sometime after 2003 to fight with the insurgency… Continue reading

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The Coming Oil-Shale Revolution?

To preface, when it comes to global petroleum supplies, a distinction is drawn between… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Syrian-Iranian Show of Solidarity Masks Tensions over Iraq, Yemen and War with Israel

Assad resisted Iranian arguments for closer bilateral coordination in Iraq and Yemen and flatly rejected being drawn into a war between Iran and Israel… Continue reading

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King Abdallah of Jordan on How No One Trusts Obama’s Government

I think there is going to be less coordination with the West and therefore a chance of more misunderstandings… Continue reading

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The Arab Spring and the Jews

Throughout the ongoing unrest in the Middle East and North Africa… Continue reading

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