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Do the Palestinians Really Want Their Own State?

The answer has to be: no, not really. They could have had a state 80 years ago, and then again and again. They kept saying no.

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Meanwhile in Jerusalem

Five reasons the Palestinian public has been relatively quiet so far in reaction to Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.

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The Bottomless Cynicism of Saudi Diplomacy

Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen expose the hypocrisy of its humanitarian pretensions at the United Nations and in other international forums.

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Iran’s Shadow over Lebanon

The Lebanese government’s tilt toward Iran has dangerous implications when it comes to countering Sunni radicalization.

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How to Improve the Iran Nuclear Deal

The JCPOA remains the best among several bad options for making sure Iran never crosses the nuclear threshold.

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How to Manage Post-Democracy Turkey

The U.S. must be patient but take a firm line to curb Erdogan’s worst impulses.

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Gulf States Rethink Their PR Wars

The Gulf States are spending millions of dollars to influence U.S. public opinion amidst the Qatar crisis, but is it worth the cost?

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With Friends Like These

The Qatar imbroglio and the second coming of the friendly tyrants dilemma.

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The Qatar Crisis in Context

The historical record shows that U.S. foreign policy would be well served by resisting the temptation to take sides.

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The Six Day and Fifty Years War

The war itself was quick and militarily decisive, but the political aftermath has been anything but.

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