Tag Archives: Middle East

China, the Commerce-First Middle Eastern Power

The standoff between the United States and Iran helps China to build out its energy and trade routes throughout the Middle East.

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Iran Plays Chess, the US Backgammon

The moves on the Iraqi gameboard show that when it comes to warfare, military strategy and conflict management, Iran plays chess while the US plays backgammon.

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In Charts: Iran

A collection of charts, graphs and maps exploring Iran — its people, economy and its military.

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2010s: A Decade of Defiance and Dissent

What lessons should protest movements learn from the last decade as we move into the 2020s?

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Middle East: Ever More Unstable

A review of seven Mideast conflicts, each one ever more intractable.

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The Killing of Qassem Soleimani: The US Misreads the Tea Leaves

The killing of Mr. Soleimani is bound to boost the hardliners in Tehran who are now expected to win next month’s Iranian parliamentary election.

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Lebanon, Dreamland

For all of their original home country’s great history and culture, and the beauty of its landscapes, Lebanon remains a destiny of desire for emigrants, but no more.

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Trump and the Kurds: An Act of Betrayal and Infamy

Trump abandoning the Kurds will damage the U.S. and embolden its foes. It amounts to nothing less than treason.

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The Endless Gyrations of the US in the Middle East

Why the U.S. must fundamentally change its Middle East policy from false friendships to hard containment.

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Domestic Violence in the Middle East

There cannot be true development in the Middle East without progress on women’s rights.

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