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‘Obama’s Approach to Russia and Iran’

From MESH Admin A journalist has described President Obama’s approach to foreign policy as “applying the same tools to international diplomacy that he once used as a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side.” In a new number of Middle East Papers, Mark N. Katz explains why these tools are likely to be ineffective in influencing […]

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From Sovietology to Jihadology?

From Walter Laqueur David Engerman is the author of a new study of American Sovietology during the Cold War and its impact on U.S. policy. In a recent article in Foreign Affairs he expresses his belief that the model of Sovietology should guide the study of today’s threats, specifically Jihadism. It is true that the […]

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‘How Not to Fix the Middle East’

From MESH Admin The Middle East policies of the Obama administration in its first year are the subject of a new number of Middle East Papers by Martin Kramer. The paper (delivered last month as a public lecture at Columbia University) argues that President Obama’s ambitious agenda has been thwarted by an internal contradiction: The […]

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Will more sanctions against Iran work?

From Raymond Tanter On November 27, 2009, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) voted a strong resolution that expressed “serious concern that Iran has constructed an enrichment facility at Qom [Iran] in breach of its obligation to suspend all enrichment related activities.” This censure of Tehran was preceded by a November 16 report that the […]

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Lebanon on UN Security Council

From David Schenker In October, Lebanon was elected to one of ten non-permanent member seats on the United Nations Security Council. Come January 2010, Lebanon will assume Asia’s “Arab League” seat, replacing Libya for a two-year term on the critical international body. The UNSC seat was the brainchild of Lebanon’s president Michel Suleiman, who used […]

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Whither Yemen?

From Mark N. Katz There has been much press coverage about how the Saleh regime in Yemen is facing important security challenges. There is the Houthi rebellion in the north of the country which has been going on since 2004 (see a brief, excellent analysis by Gregory Johnsen). There is the growing movement to restore […]

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Saudis into Yemen

From Daniel Byman Saudi Arabia is once again sailing in dangerous waters as it increases its military involvement in Yemen. The recent New York Times article on the subject is welcome, because the growing violence in Yemen is perhaps the most neglected news story in the Middle East.

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