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The Arab Spring Nine Years On

  December 2, 2019 The Arab Spring began on December 17, 2010 in Tunisia as street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest the arbitrary seizing of his vegetable stand by police. Mass protests forced President Zine El … Continue reading

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Syria: Moment of Truth for the West

January 11, 2019 Defeating ISIS in Syria and ousting President Assad are no longer compatible. They never were. The West must make a choice. The following questions can help find the answer: Was the Western intervention in Syria about promoting … Continue reading

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From “Redlines” to “All Options on the Table”

September 4, 2017 In a world of transformation, diplomatic jargon is also undergoing change. Some key expressions no longer carry the weight they once did. 9:11 Terrorist attacks led to worldwide support for the US. The North Atlantic Council invoked … Continue reading

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“Dissent Channel Memo” on Syria

June 22, 2016 Fifty-one State Department officials have signed a “dissent channel memo” calling for a “more militarily assertive U.S. role in Syria”. The availability of a “dissent channel” constitutes solid proof of respect for different opinions and their free … Continue reading

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From Arab Spring to Europe’s Autumn of Refugees

September 3, 2015 The West has misread and mismanaged the Arab Spring. The first glaring mistake was the Sarkozy-led Libya intervention (*). PM Cameron readily became his partner and President Obama felt that he had to join in. In introducing … Continue reading

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