Tuesday, April 28, 2015
  1. A Time for Middle East Realism

    Christopher R. Hill

    A Time for Middle East Realism

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     reads US support for regime change in the region as a cautionary tale.

    President Obama Kevin Dietsch/ZumaPress

    Confronting the Islamic State and stabilizing Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen will require an all-out US diplomatic effort. That means allaying Saudi fears, rebuilding the relationship with Egypt, and, yes, reaching out to Iran – priorities that are based on the realities of the contemporary regional environment. READ MORE

  2. Did US Drone Strikes Lose Yemen?

    Amrit Singh

    Did US Drone Strikes Lose Yemen?

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     says that even if the current crisis had not erupted, America’s strategy would be a failure.

    US predator drone Louie Palu/ZumaPress

    Yemen’s recent descent into crisis has prompted debate about America’s counterterrorism strategy, which is centered on drone strikes in the country. In fact, as a new report shows, even if the current crisis had not erupted, the harm to Yemeni civilians caused by the strikes should be enough to force policymakers to change course. READ MORE

  3. Turkey’s Historical Responsibility

    Aryeh Neier

    Turkey’s Historical Responsibility

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     argues that the country would benefit from accepting the truth about the genocide of the Armenians.

    Armenia Genocide memorial face young shanahan/Flickr

    Turkey’s government should stop responding angrily to those who use the word “genocide” to describe the killing of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago. The best way for a country to rehabilitate its reputation is to accept responsibility for the misdeeds of the past. READ MORE

  4. How Iran Is Winning

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    How Iran Is Winning

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     warns that the balance of power in the Middle East is tipping in the Islamic Republic’s favor.

    Tehran Iran military missile truck ahmad halabisaz/ZumaPress

    The recent framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has placed Iran on a stronger footing than ever. In order to bring some semblance of stability to the Middle East, the US must think beyond the agreement and develop, with all stakeholders, a collective security regime. READ MORE

  5. Leading By Engaging

    Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Leading By Engaging

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     weighs the successes and shortcomings of US President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

    Obama raul castro smiling Peruvian Presidency/Flickr

    During his presidency, Barack Obama has recognized that America’s only hope for influencing isolated countries’ behavior is to engage directly with them. While this has proved remarkably successful as a bilateral strategy, continued US global leadership will require Obama’s successor to move beyond bilateral engagement. READ MORE

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