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Strange Bedfellows
Strange Bedfellows
Israel’s Diplomatic Push in the Middle East

The Israelis are reaching out to Arabs, Africans and Europeans to work out matters of common concern.

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Egyptian FM Makes Surprise Trip to Jerusalem, Pushes Peace

Israeli-Gulf Arab is key to understanding the Middle East today.

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Bibi Bats Eyelashes at the Saudis

Despite the peace conference opening in Paris today, the best hope for Mid-East peace rests with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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Backdoor Ratification

More signs of a thaw: a deal with Egypt makes Saudi Arabia responsible for part of the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.

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Grand Bargain Afoot Between Turkey, Israel, and Gulf Arabs?

A declaration from Ankara opens a door—but a regional anti-Iran coalition would be very tough to pull off.

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Israel to Lift Blockade in Return for Hamas Ceasefire

The deal, if real, could be a sign that the Sunnis and Israelis are getting seriously close to a united front against Iran.

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China Sends Russia Love but Not Money

Beijing is not letting its feelings get in the way of good business.

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Turkey's Spymaster Meets Imprisoned PKK Chief, Promises Peace

A secret meeting between a Turkish spymaster and a Kurdish militant leader on a prison island—it’s a dramatic scene, and a promising sign of rapprochement between two old enemies.

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The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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