Monthly Archives: January 2015

President Obama and the Middle East

1 February 2015 Five speeches delivered by President Obama are important to understanding his approach to the Middle East. These are: • Remarks to the Turkish Parliament (6 April 2009), • Remarks at the Cairo University where he addressed Moslem … Continue reading

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Breach of Protocol

30 January 2015 It would not be surprising that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s upcoming visit to Washington should remain a cause for controversy up to and even beyond the Israeli elections scheduled for 17 March 2015. As a former diplomat I … Continue reading

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Syriza’s Election Victory

28 January 2015 Over the last five years Greece has been on top of the EU’s economic crisis management agenda. Looking further back, one may say that leaders’ personalities and their able political reasoning probably played a larger part than … Continue reading

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Breaking the Syrian Deadlock

26 January 2015 With ISIS controlling swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, terrorist attacks in Paris, turmoil in Libya and Yemen, Boko Haram’s massacres in Nigeria, public discourse of the West on Syria has started to change. References to … Continue reading

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Need For a Modus Vivendi in West-Russia Relations

  23 January 2015 In June 2009 President Obama visited Moscow where he expressed his desire for a “reset” in US-Russia relations. This did not happen. On 17 December 2010, Muhammed Buazizi lit the flame of the Arab Spring which … Continue reading

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Arab Spring: The Libya Lesson

21 January 2015 Measures taken by governments to quell Arab Spring revolts “caused the international community grave concern.” But no other country became the subject of a “UN sanctioned” intervention except Libya. The following may help explain why: • Qaddafi … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo, Unity Rally, Now What?

16 January 2015 The terrorist attacks in Paris were called the 9/11 of France. Then, there was the Unity Rally, a remarkable display of national and international solidarity. The question, however, remains: What now? During and after these dastardly attacks, … Continue reading

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