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Allan Topol
Allan Topol is the author of twelve novels of international intrigue. Two of them, Spy Dance and Enemy of My Enemy, were national bestsellers. His novels have been translated into Japanese, Portuguese and Hebrew. One was optioned and three are in development for movies.

His latest novel, THE ITALIAN DIVIDE was released on March15. It’s the fifth in the Craig Page thrillers series. It follows on the heels of Topol's last novel, The Washington Lawyer , and the fourth Craig Paige novel, The Argentine Triangle, which was published in September 2013. The novels follow the successful The China Gambit and Spanish Revenge.

In addition to his fiction writing, Allan Topol co-authored a two-volume legal treatise entitled Superfund Law and Procedure. He wrote a weekly column for and has published articles in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Yale Law Journal.

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Entries by Allan Topol

Forget About Democracy in Egypt

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 10:03 AM

Egypt's military backed government, led by the charismatic General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, declared that the recent referendum to amend the constitution was an endorsement of its legitimacy.

The voting was relatively calm and trouble free. The vote indicates that some stability has returned to Egypt after the turmoil, chaos,...

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A Bizarre Trial for Lebanon

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Sectarian conflict, fueled by the Syrian civil war, has converted Lebanon to a powder keg. Now a bizarre trial threatens to provide the sparks to blow it sky high.

Two weeks ago, four men went on trial for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others....

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Dismembering Iraq

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 3:24 PM

The United States made a great effort to leave behind a viable nation of Iraq. Unfortunately, two recent events demonstrate that it's now disintegrating.

The first is the agreement which the Iraqi region of Kurdistan entered into with Turkey a few weeks ago to supply oil through a pipeline....

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Syria Lurches From Bad to Worse

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 5:47 PM

In three years of bloodshed, more than 125,000 people have been killed in Syria. Tens of thousands have been maimed. Barrel bombs filled with explosives and shrapnel dropped from helicopters are the regime's newest way to inflict death and suffering. Starvation is another. Approximately 3 million Syrians have become refugees...

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Happy New Year, Mr. President

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 9:43 PM

No American president has ever begun a year with as many different foreign policy crises as Obama now faces. It would be understandable if he took one look at this list, turned over the mantle of power to Vice President Biden, and remained in Hawaii playing golf.

Front and...

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Ukraine Is Hungary All Over Again

(5) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 8:15 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been making an effort not only to catapult Russia back on the world stage, but also to cobble together portions of the old Soviet empire. Ukraine, with its 45 million people, would be the jewel in the crown. However, it is proving to be a...

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War With China?

(22) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 1:32 PM

The United States and China are now playing a dangerous game which could lead to war. Beijing is asserting its new military might; and Washington is accepting the challenge. The lamentable aspect of these developments is that the conflict is over virtually nothing--a couple of rocks in the East China...

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Lebanon Ready to Collapse

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 2:03 PM

Two weeks ago, a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured 147. An Al-Qaeda affiliated Sunni militant group claimed responsibility. They made it clear that this bombing was linked to the war in Syria. Unfortunately, this attack is a harbinger of...

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Doubling Down in the Middle East Casino

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:48 PM

Did you hear the one about Obama and Kerry in a Middle East casino? They start off with lots of chips. They're playing craps, making a couple of large bets which they lose. So they take their remaining chips and head to the blackjack table.

Desperate to recoup their...

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Flexing Saudi Muscles

(12) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 4:34 PM

A major new player has emerged on the Middle East political stage. In the past, Saudi Arabia has been a passive bystander on Middle East political issues with the exception of the Israeli/Palestinian dispute. For the most part, the Saudi monarchy, discrete and secretive, was willing to let their longtime...

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Friends Spying on Friends -- The View From Europe

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 8:41 AM

Last week, French officials I interviewed in Paris for a new novel were seething. All they wanted to discuss was U.S. spying on Europe. On condition of anonymity, they explained that the U.S. behavior was outrageous.

Their view was reflected in the European press in which the story leads the...

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Turkey in Disarray

(15) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Three years ago, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and his country were soaring. The Turkish economy was booming and a model for growth and expansion. Erdogan, spurned by the EU for membership, was looking east. Never modest, he saw himself as the leader of the Islamic Middle East, on the cusp...

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Cutting Aid Hurts U.S. More than Egypt

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 1:14 PM

With much fanfare, the Obama administration announced that it was suspending most of the 1.5 billion in financial aid provided to Egypt. The motivation behind the move was to compel Egypt's military leaders to end their crack down on Morsi and his followers and to move the country toward a...

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A Costly No Show

(5) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 4:47 PM

One of the many unfortunate consequences of the government shutdown and the budget debacle is that President Obama canceled his trip to Asia. In Brunei, he missed the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The session was to be a crucial part of the Administration's "Pivot to Asia."...

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Why Assad Will Win

(10) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 12:13 PM

When the Syrian civil war began in 2011, it seemed like another example of the Arab Spring which led to the overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya and the ouster of Mubarak in Egypt. The end of the rule of the Assads (father and son) seemed likely. Some who were widely...

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Cutting the Salami With Putin

(9) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:46 PM

The initial euphoria which greeted the U.S.-Russian agreement to destroy Syria's chemical weapons was followed by disagreements between the two countries. The ink was barely dry on the agreement sketched out between Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Secretary of State Kerry in Geneva on September 14 when the U.S. and...

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Testing Iran's Change of Position

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 12:20 PM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, attempting to sound conciliatory, has mounted a diplomatic offensive this week at the U.N. In response, some in the United States concluded that at long last, Tehran desires a thaw in its relations with Washington and a normalization. I remain skeptical, hoping they are correct, but...

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Putin's Reincarnation as a Statesman

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 2:56 PM

The Syria situation continues to generate bizarre, ironic, and outrageous developments. At the very top of the list was the sanctimonious op-ed piece in the New York Times of September 11 signed by Vladimir Putin and entitled "A Plea for Caution From Russia." In that article, Putin reaches out to...

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Voting in Congress on Syria

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:52 AM

President Obama's instincts were correct. Chemical warfare on innocent civilians causing horrific injury and death cannot be tolerated. Members of Congress face an agonizingly difficult decision on the Syrian war resolution. They have many reasons to vote no.

One is the fear of being dragged into still another Middle Eastern...

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Return of the Cold War

(4) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 12:57 PM

President Obama's cancellation of the summit with Putin demonstrates the extent of the deterioration in American Russian relations. In a short time, the U.S. and Russia have moved from what some in Washington viewed as a hopeful partnership to an adversarial relationship.

The rise of Vladimir Putin, the old...

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