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RTE: On the Origins of Ukrainian-Crisis Propaganda, is the Western World Anti-Russian?

Who wins the Ukrainian propaganda war… Continue reading

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More sitcom than CENTCOM

How does one define rationality in global politics… Continue reading

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Israel’s Declining Security?

How secure are Israel’s borders?… Continue reading

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Obama vs. Putin – is the Cold War About to Return to the Middle East?

The upcoming Pax Russiana in the Middle East… Continue reading

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Sergey V. Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Addresses General Assembly, 68th session, 2013

Sergey V. Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, addresses the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly… Continue reading

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US Plays Monopoly, Russia Plays Chess

Whatever Putin thinks, he will keep to himself… Continue reading

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Russia-Iran Axis Gets Access

Has Obama’s Syria policy backfired?… Continue reading

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Syrian Diplomacy?

Since an attack is unlikely, what difference does that make?… Continue reading

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Why a U.S.-Led Intervention in Syria Will Make Things Worse

Why is it a bad idea to strike Syria?… Continue reading

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America’s Impending Defeat in Syria

Is America going to fight a full-scale war in Syria… Continue reading

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How Serious is Erdogan about Joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Instead of the EU?

Erdoğan is not going to initiate a divorce from the EU, but he may very well hope that the Europeans will “relieve” Turkey… Continue reading

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After the Fall: What Do You Do When You Conclude America is (Temporarily or Permanently) Kaput?

The United States has taken a political turn which at least for the next four years will guarantee that it does not play the role of a great power… Continue reading

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Turkey to Deploy Patriot Missiles

Turkey’s membership in NATO has many unique dimensions, including in the number of missile-related crises the country has experienced… Continue reading

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Russia-Turkey Strains Deepen over Syria

The Syrian crisis is a good test of the strength of the Russia-Turkish detente… Continue reading

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Turkey Raises Central Asian Profil through SCO Link

The decision of the heads of state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing to designate Turkey a formal dialogue partner of the organization is yet another sign of recognition of Turkey’s growing influence in Central and South Asia… Continue reading

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Trans-Anatolian Pipeline: A Geopolitical Achievement, but no Panacea for Turkey’s Energy Independence

The realization of the Trans-Anatolian Project by 2018 will strengthen Azerbaijan in strategic terms, offering it a route to the world markets that bypasses Russia… Continue reading

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Syria is the Spanish Civil War of our Time

Spain 1936. An army revolt against the democratically elected government sets off a civil war. Syria 2012. The people revolt against the dictatorship setting off a civil war… Continue reading

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How Can Obama’s Middle East Policy Possibly Get Worse? Answer: Look at Syria

Some of my readers are unhappy that I keep criticizing President Barack Obama and his government. The problem is that this administration keeps doing terrible things in the Middle East… Continue reading

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Iran Nuclear Talks: What were the six points Obama sent Khamenei through Erdogan?

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited Tehran and personally handed Obama’s six-point message to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei… Continue reading

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Debate in the Mainstream Arabic-Speaking Universe: Only One Flavor Available

Westerners tend to believe that the debate in the Arabic-speaking universe is sort of like debate in the West… Continue reading

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What is Russia Doing in the Middle East?

What is most notable about Russian Middle East policy is that it tends to side with the extremist forces… Continue reading

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What to Do About Syria

There is a strong case that can be made for doing nothing about the Syrian civil war, but a stronger case can be made for doing something… Continue reading

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Assad contains Syrian uprising for now, with help of Russia, Iran and Hizballah

Ten months after the Syrian people launched an uprising against its ruler, Bashar Assad has recovered the bulk of his army’s support and his grip on most parts of the country… Continue reading

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Why Syria’s Regime is Surviving a Revolution

Despite what is now the longest-running revolution in Middle Eastern history, the Syrian regime will probably be in power on December 31, 2012… Continue reading

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Turkey and Cyprus’ Gas: More Troubles Ahead in 2012

New tension is brewing between Turkey and Cyprus after Cyprus’ and Israel’s enormous gas finds in the Eastern Mediterranean… Continue reading

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